By Lauren Conrad, Columnist
Welcome to the Weekly Pipe bomb: Lockdown Edition. But we’re not going to discuss what’s going on in the world, instead we’re going to go back to our WWE restructure plan.
So we’ve changed the rosters, and a couple storylines, but that’s not enough. Now we need to restructure the absurd amount of PPV’s. Remember when there were the Big 4? In no particular order they were:
Pay per views meant something. There were only these four with the occasional In Your House in between, but nothing like the absurd amount we have now. Last year, these were the PPV’s, minus NXT which I will not include in this list, but will include in the restructure article.
Money in the
Clash of Champions
Hell in a Cell
Blood Money 2
Starrcade (Network special)
TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs
So in 2019 we had 14 pay per views. Two were in Saudi and were abysmal shows. That’s not enough time for a buildup of a story. So the first thing I would do is remove a good chunk of this list, and merge a few together.
Clash of Champions
Ok so now we have our basic PPV list. Now I mentioned merging a few together. Survivor Series used to be traditional 5v5 elimination matchup, with one 10v10 match of teams. However, fans these days don’t have the patience, and the old-fashioned tag match is now gone, and current tag matches are just boring. So, I would change it up a bit. While there would be a couple traditional matches, I would focus on more innovative singles matches. All elimination style. 4-man battle royals. 6 man over the top. Gauntlet matches. Etc.
Extreme Rules could consist of several match types. Extreme doesn’t necessarily mean hardcore. Throw in a Money in the Bank match, but with a twist. The money in the bank is now an Elimination Chamber. The briefcase hangs up high in the center of the Lethal Lockdown…er…Elimination Chamber ring. Sorry, they look so much alike now. Now…for the fun. We add in a new type of money in the bank match. A Tag match. The winner can challenge for the unified tag championships. We’ll go more into championship restructure next week. Both men and women have one match. We also put in a new match type. Something very sadistic with a TON of rules I invented. It’s called a Dragon’s Dance. Bear with me, the rules are complicated.
You start with 4 tag teams. Any person can tag in any person. It starts as a tag team elimination matchup. Every FIVE minutes, for a TWO MINUTE window, there are no disqualifications. Outside is a twenty count now.
Once you get down to 4 individuals, it doesn’t matter 1 from each team, or 2 tag teams, as long as it’s 4 individual people, we start phase 2 of the match. Twenty count still in effect. This time, every TWO minutes for a THIRTY SECOND window, it’s no DQ. Teams would need to strategize to take full advantage of this.
Once you’re down to 2, we start the final phase of the matchup. This is called a Last Laugh match. No windows for no DQ this time, and 10 count outside. However, in a last laugh matchup, only the final fall counts. You can pin someone 50 times, but if they get lucky with 10 seconds left and get a pinfall, they will win the match. The winner of this goes on to face the winner of the Rumble at Extreme Rules to see who goes onto WM to fight the champion
The Rumble, Mania, and Summer slam would be left the same, except maybe shorten Mania a bit, it’s a bit long right now. The only real change is that if you haven’t cashed in your MITB by Summer Slam of the following year, you MUST cash them in or lose them. MITB now come with another twist. They can be lost. You must defend them at every PPV or cash them in. Failure to do so (Short of WWE dropping the ball), would result in them being stripped and vacated. If you’re injured and can’t defend them, you lose them. They MUST be defended at EVERY PPV.
This finally brings us to Clash of the Champions. This would be the big show. All belts defended. But as you know, I always throw in a twist. All the gold on the line, INCLUDING ALL NXT TITLES. Champion vs Champion. The IC champion would face the NXT North American Champion. The WHC would face the NXT Champion, women’s champion vs women’s champion, etc. . The winner of these matches would go on to pick a number for ANYONE in the Royal Rumble. Adam Cole (BAY BAY) could put Bobby Fish in at #30. Keith Lee could put Roman Reigns in at 1. Anything can happen!
So! This is part 3 of the restructure plan, part 4 will be fixing the title belts up, and after that, the TV shows and bookings in the final part.
As always hit me up on twitter, @LaurenCR3, and if you’d like to be a guest columnist for the Weekly Pipebomb, let me know! I’m looking for a one off co-writer for articles!