Former WWE agent and AEW on-screen coach Arn Anderson recently discussed WWE‘s booking style over the past 5 years. The Enforcer was discussing the TLC 2015 PPV on this week’s episode of the ARN podcast.
“We were starting to feel the changing of the guard around this time” Arn Anderson would begin on the podcast. Anderson would then state that the landscape of WWE and professional wrestling has changed to the point that no one person can ‘draw the house’ by themselves anymore.
Arn Anderson on ‘Drawing a House’
“No one person is going to be responsible for drawing a house and hasn’t for some time” Anderson claimed. “Now that used to not be the case. I mean when Hulk Hogan was on the card? That would do it. But when you’re saying in 2015 [and beyond]? If you’ve got eight matches on a card? You better have five that matter.”
Interestingly, John Cena was brought up by co-host Conrad Thompson, but Anderson didn’t address if he was/is still a major draw. It’s fair to say that over the last 10-15 years he has been possibly the one name that could’ve drawn the biggest ‘houses.’
Anderson would then discuss the importance of creating value for money on a PPV card in modern times. “People are tight with a buck these days and how they’ve got to spend their money. They pick and choose where they spend their money. One person hasn’t drawn a house in a long long time. You’ve got to have several things that the audience is interested in.”
Do you agree with Arn Anderson on the principal of ‘drawing the house’ and PPV buys in modern wrestling? Who to you was the last person to be ahead of the pack? Let us know in the comments