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Should WrestleMania be a multi-night affair?

WrestleMania 34 is in the rear view mirror and even though we’re all mighty-sick of talking about it, the fact is there’s still a lot to digest in the postmortem. Not the least of which is the fact that, less than a month after the ‘Mania fireworks fizzled, WWE is “treating” us to yet another mega supercard pay-per-view (PPV) event. But where WrestleMania is the big dream show of Vince McMahon and the showcase for the best of the best in WWE, the “Greatest Royal Rumble” (which sounds like it was named by Donald Trump) is more like an oil-rich Saudi Prince’s most elaborate birthday party ever.

Every day there’s a new superstar added, and considering the main-event is a 50-man match, I suppose they need all (circle-and-arrow/y chromosome) hands on deck they can get. Except for Rusev apparently, because how dare you be liked?!

And this Greatest Royal Rumble is, naturally, going to run in the ballpark of five hours, with every possible big match happening (at this point they could announce CM Punk vs Hulk Hogan and I would only nod), making it essentially another WrestleMania. Now I happened to enjoy WrestleMania 34, although I found my enjoyment slowly tapering off as the event dragged on. Still, it was a solid show so you’d think I’d be happy to get another one just two-and-a-half weeks later, right?

Have you ever had the most delicious slice of chocolate cake at the conclusion of a fantastic steak dinner? You push the plate away from you, make some groaning noise and say “I can’t eat another bite.” And then, instead of the check the waiter brings you a platter of fried chicken.

This will be me watching the Greatest Royal Rumble:

It’s too much of something that was already too much. And looking ahead to next year I can’t help but think...

SHOULD WRESTLEMANIA BE A THREE NIGHT AFFAIR?

When the show outgrew the smaller arenas to become a permanent stadium show it was seen as a great achivement, one not even the Titan Era of the 80’s and early 90’s was able to pull off (everyone knows about the fiasco around WrestleMania VII). As the event grew, so too did the festivities around the show. There’s the customary R.A.W. show, the Hall of Fame celebration and Axxess; more recently there’s NXT’s weekend-stealing Takeover event, and now SmackDown Live’s epilogue show. There’s a lot to take in during Mania week, but the centerpiece is the big show itself.

And it’s seven hours long!

After more than a decade, the show—and the roster competing on the show—has simply grown too large for one night’s festivities. So why not just...spread it out? After all, the fact that the show is seven hours is because Vince McMahon believes “more=better.” But there’s more than one way to fart in church.

Why not make it a two-night stadium-show event? You say it’s crazy, or maybe unsustainable, but it’s no crazier or seemingly unsustainable today than running a stadium show for Mania every year was in 2007. And the company has succeeded with it, even during lean years like 2009-2011, where the talent was either poor or poorly used, ratings were cratering and the writing was stale.

Run the Hall of Fame on Friday, Takeover on Saturday, Mania night one on Sunday and night two on Monday, then push the traditional “after show” to Tuesday, with a special three hour dual-branded event (which would almost be a mini-PPV in itself).

You’d greatly relieve WrestleMania of the weight that is a seven-hour runtime. No one said WrestleMania has to be long and almost everyone would prefer it cut down in time. There’s no harm done to Vince either. Whether the show is seven hours long or ninety minutes, they’ll have our money either way. WrestleMania could be cut to four hours per night, and offer a mixture of Raw and SmackDown matches, and the “event” would be tremendously better off for it.

The only catch is WWE couldn’t sell tickets to just one show; they’d have to sell them as a two-night set, and they’d have to keep the card/match-order a surprise, to further ensure fans did not just flock to the show they wanted, leaving the other one sparsely-attended. Those are minor logistic problems and could be resolved.

WrestleMania would be perfect if it was like an NXT Takeover: a card with just a handful of top matches and a quick, bang-bang presentation that gets in and gets out and leaves people wanting more (because that gets them coming back). Obviously NXT’s roster is tiny compared to the main-show, so just cut the show in half and leave the fans wanting more at the end of night one.

Something must be done.

A show as long as recent Manias have been is handicapping fan’s enjoyment. The great moments are both forgotten as the night drags on, and tainted by the lesser moments (that feel even more-lesser because they happen amidst exhaustion). A shorter Mania (cut into two nights, at least) would help everyone involved and would be the next big step forward for the company that seems to be on an upswing in profitability and popularity.

What say you, Cagesiders? Would you like to see WrestleMania split into two (equal) nights of Immortal-Showcasing?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!