It's been a while since I have written anything and that's because I decided only to write when I feel I have something to contribute.
This time out, I am asking the WWE to bring back money as an incentive in storylines.
Throughout wrestling history, money has always played a big role in storylines and, in turn, ratings.
In recent years however, money seems to have fallen by the wayside.
I say bring back the bounties, the cash challenges, and the big money Battle Royals and tournaments!
The Cash Challenge
The first WrestleMania featured a $15,000 body slam challenge between Andre The Giant and Big John Studd.
Studd claimed he couldn't be slammed and offered $15 grand to anyone who would take the chance.
After many attempts from different wrestlers, Andre finally slammed Studd at WrestleMania and threw the money out to the crowd at Madison Square Garden until Studd's manager, Bobby Heenan, snatched the bag of money away from the big man.
Big Money Battle Royals and Tournaments
Battle Royal's once had a cash incentive: win the Battle Royal and win $10,000, $25,000, maybe even $50,000.
To me, that makes the Battle Royal more "realistic." Now there is a reason 20 men or more are in the ring, tossing each other over the top rope.
They want to win the money!
Same goes for tournaments. Not only could you crown a new "King Of The Ring" each year, but give the winner $100,000 or something.
It helps build interest in my opinion.
I remember when a bad guyor "heel" would openly put a $10,000 cash bounty on his rival's head. Anyone who could put said rival on the shelf would collect the money.
It made you wonder who was going to try next to collect the bounty. Sometimes, it even lead to a friend becoming a foe, all in the name of the almighty dollar.
Bounties are also a great way to introduce a new or returning wrestler to the roster.
It's just one more way to keep the storylines going, and since it hasn't been used much lately, it would certainly freshen things up.
With that said, who would like to collect a $50 bounty to put Joe Burgett out of the B/R? (kidding, kidding...)
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