Matt Hardy Discusses Problems With RAW Going To Three Hours, How WWE Can Improve, More
|By Raj Giri||October 25, 2012 | Comments|
Source: Kayfabe Wrestling RadioFormer WWE and TNA star Matt Hardy joined Kayfabe Wrestling Radio this past Tuesday Night. During the interview, Hardy discussed wrestling in Nashville, how he feels fans approach the product today is if that is regionally based, if RAW going to three hours was a mistake, what the WWE should do to help build the fans interest and much more. Here are some highlights:
His experiences working the Nashville Fairgrounds, home of Crossfire's first national TV Taping: "It's a great building to work in, just because it's such a classic wrestling venue. When I was there back in May, I wrestled MVP which could possibly have been our final match and the crowd was amazing. It couldn't have been in a better atmosphere. The fans were enthusiastic and were really into what they were watching. And a big thing that I'm a fan of when wrestling in Nashville is when the people that come out as spectators, they're not like people showing their over-education in the North East and trying to be critical and there to kind of entertain themselves; they're (Nashville fans) are there to be entertained by the wrestling, play along and do what typical fans are supposed to do and that's cheer for the good guy and boo the bad guy and be enthusiastic and loud and that is what I appreciate. That's what all in-ring performers appreciate more than you can imagine."
What he thinks of fans being overly critical of the wrestlling product and if there's a regional aspect to that: "They ruin the experience for themselves, in my opinion. I mean the thing is watching a wrestling match is like watching a really good TV show or watching a really good movie; when it's all said and done you realize, 'Hey, I'm watching this to be entertained." It's really going be as entertaining as you allow yourself to find it. You understand the parameters that go with professional wrestling; there's the situation where guys fight one another, they do these larger-than-life moves, they're almost like living breathing superheroes, they shoot guys into the ropes and guys come back. That's the parameters professional wrestling is built around. So don't over think that, just because you have a feeling of what the business is about because it's so accessible because you can read online or there's so much information out there to get. The thing is, just sit back and enjoy it like a fan. And even the people who are smarter, they realize this storyline happens because that is what draws you into a wrestling match; it's not the moves, people can do moves all day long but if there's not a good story in that match that someone can follow and that is really complex, the fans won't get emotionally involved like they should.
"I mean my thing is, if I'm sitting back and watching True Blood, where it's a show that had vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, and all these other things, when something out of the ordinary happens, we thing 'Woah, these parameters are a little big with what we are working with here and there's extraordinary stuff going on,' so sit back and enjoy what's going on and be entertained by it. A lot of times, fane feel like they are over educated and become overly critical of the product; they are just hurt themselves and not allowing themselves to be entertained."
RAW going to three hours and the problems with that: "In my opinion, and I know a lot of people said this, three hours is just too long. It was a really nod for the RAW 1000 episode. Past that, from what we've seen, three hours is just a little too long for them, especially considering how many first run shows they do a week, three hours is a long time to try and keep a viewer's attention, especially in 2012."
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