WWE Officials Should Consider Making All Programs Live

Dean Siemon@deansiemonAnalyst IIJanuary 19, 2013

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It seems WWE has been placing focus on spoiler reports involving the company's taping of programs such as Friday Night SmackDown.

According to PWMania.com, the WWE has sent out a 10-question survey to members of the WWE Fan Council that asks about whether fans look for spoilers, where they get them and if that affects their viewing the show.

A couple of weeks ago, WWE.com released that Alberto Del Rio defeated the Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship days before the episode of SmackDown aired.

Look, there are die-hard wrestling fans that make their best attempt to avoid reading the online reports because they want to watch the entire episode without knowing what is going on.

We get mad at our co-workers for talking about last night's episode of our favorite television drama because we haven't gotten to our DVR yet.

But we're in a world where social media and many websites know that there are some fans that want to know before they tune in.

"Is it going to be worth watching?" a fan might wonder on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. "I'll check the taping results."

If WWE officials are worried that spoiler reports are hurting their ratings, maybe they should not tape all of their programming.

Televise SmackDown live on Friday nights, just like how Raw is broadcast live on Monday nights.

Now, I understand the WWE likes to have house shows throughout the weekend before the tour hits their big TV days on Monday and Tuesday before having a few days off.

But maybe WWE should move SmackDown back to Thursday night on live TV. That way you keep Friday and Saturday for live events.

Sunday would either be left open for a pay-per-view show, live event or an extra travel day if officials wish.

As for the secondary programs as Superstars, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam, I feel it's a bit too much.

You only really need the two major programs and I never really liked the idea of a Wednesday show.

WWE superstars currently work about 200 nights out of the year with televised shows, live events and pay-per-views.

That sets up a whole argument about whether or not it is hurting the long-term health of wrestlers, and it can be connected to the number of deaths before the age of 40. But that's another issue to debate for another time.

And maybe they can make their Saturday morning show more like the old Superstars I remember with highlights from the week and throw in some exclusive interviews and segments.

Making the main programs live and limiting the risk of spoilers can help ratings, if that's what the WWE is worried about.