house shows


hi scott,

with all the gobs of money from TV, saudi's and network i had a question about house shows. 

are these big money makers? are they necessary in this day or like are they just a bone to throw to smaller towns to keep interest up?

do you see them cutting down on shows why or why not? 

thanks

Basically the entire purpose of the house shows now are twofold:
1.  Teach newer guys how to work and give experienced guys a chance to practice upcoming PPV matches.
2.  Put some extra money in pockets with merch sales.
From a financial standpoint, they can now eliminate them completely and not miss a beat.  They don't lose money, but it's one of the least important pieces of their business now, by a wide margin.