I think Jay has it about right -- matches are a bit better on average these days, but the booking is a little more haphazard and unsatisfying. Some of it's understandable, as it's a lot harder to book fly-ins consistently than it used to be... some of it just seems like sloppiness. Not surprisingly, the quality of the booking has gone down since PWG started running two shows every month... anyway, there certainly hasn't been any storytelling as satisfying as Axp/Arrogance or Frankie/Pearce lately.
As for this point:
SoCalAndy wrote:Everything is way too early to tell to compare now to the past. PWG's been focused, it's just that people don't really focus on the longrun anymore. Everyone wants things done quickly storyline wise and don't want to see how things play out.
There's something to this, but this can really be used a catch-all excuse, too. Stretching out the Joey/B-Boy feud is good long-term storytelling, but denying fans an advertised title match *wasn't*. That was just sloppy, bad booking. Same thing with Bosh -- making him struggle to win the belt could be good storytelling, but there's no justification, short-term or long-term, for jobbing him out and sending him back into the tag division, as a heel, no less. That's not telling a story over time; that's changing stories in midstream.
I think Dino is a good barometer of how well the booking is working. He's a charming babyface commissioner, and guys like that should say things that the fans want to hear. At 5/6, he made bizarre pronouncements that frustrated and confused the crowd and actually got Dino some boos. That would never happen with proper booking. (If they're turning Dino heel, that's another story, but I definitely don't get the sense that they are.)
Some things are working. The Joey/B-Boy feud has people interested, despite last show's miscue, and as Andy points out, the tag scene is easily the best it's ever been. Lots of guys are over, which is good. But it gets old to see shows where a bunch of over guys have random matches and goof around. Even though the wrestling's better now, I'd take the early '04 shows over the early '06 shows, because at least back then you understood why guys were doing what they were doing.