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Assessing whether WWE's current format is the right one

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When it comes to WWE, it is no secret that those in charge are no strangers to change, whether it be the promotion of different superstars or the location of a pay-per-view event.

One thing WWE continues to keep the same however is the schedule which is carried out week by week and month by month.

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As this format has been the same way for so long, the time has come to question whether the company itself, the WWE superstars and their fans are due to a shake-up to the strict routine.

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For a wrestling fan, the week starts off strongly as they continue to have Monday Night Raw to look forward to every week. This is then followed by SmackDown, which is recorded on a Tuesday night but airs on a Thursday night in the USA and a Friday night in the United Kingdom.

While this may well have proved to be a winning formula for some time now, Vince McMahon and his colleagues must surely be aware of the wait the WWE Universe faces for a pay-per-view event every month.

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The likes of the Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and TLC are just some of the names of WWE's ever-popular pay-per-view events which fans have to look forward to at the end of each month. This few-week wait, however, seems to have gradually felt even longer following the absence of some of the company's top-name WWE superstars.

Although having so long in between each event works for the business as it enables story lines to be promoted and thus generate a great build for the upcoming event, it leaves WWE fans wishing there were more of these memorable nights.

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The biggest aspect which can not be taken away from these pay-per-view events as well as Monday Night Raw is that they are live. Live wrestling adds a sense of excitement for followers of the field which means that more and more fans are likely to tune in and watch the action unfold.

This is one of the biggest issues with WWE's SmackDown programme. The show has always been second best to Raw and the fact that it is taped all but adds to its detriment. A programme which is pre-recorded is one which almost encourages fans to turn to spoilers as a way of finding out who was on the show and in what way WWE utilised them.

If a wrestling fan is able to look up earlier in the week whether their favorite WWE superstar is on SmackDown, as opposed to sitting through hours of the show only to find out they are not, it is understandable to see why spoilers have become the most favorable option.

With this in mind, WWE should continue to promote its live events whether it be an episode of Monday Night Raw, or a hyped-up pay-per-view event, as this is where the popularity with its fans' lies.

Although it is near enough impossible given the already hectic schedule of all of those working under WWE, if the company were able to introduce another live event mid-way through the month, fans would doubtlessly be in favour of welcoming more live wrestling to their screens. 

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