Re: What if WWE helped Chikara ?
I hate the idea of NXT. I just don't see how putting all of your young wrestlers in the same training program is going to create anything other than the same type of wrestlers. I've heard in interviews with guys like Edge and Christian (I think it was them) that when they were signed to developmental contracts it was a totally different thing. They would go to week long training seminars once a month or something and the rest of the time they were encouraged to go out and wrestle as much as they could. WWE paid them a few hundred bucks a week and along with the money they made on their indy shows they were able to support themselves and be full time wrestlers.
Something like that is what I think WWE needs to be doing with their young talent.
So yeah that would involve helping indy companies since they would have access to better talent then they do now but it wouldn't be any type of direct partnership.
And for the people hating on Chikara I just feel like you haven't seen enough. The stuff you see in youtube videos doesn't really represent what they're really like. Yeah they do all sorts of goofy stuff but their company is really based on long term storylines. Their big shows have matches on them that have been built up for months. Chikara is really great at creating these awesome moments on a much smaller scale than WWE. But they're still really cool moments to be a part of.
Their in ring style is also really misunderstood. It's actually a lot more based on telling stories in the ring and similar to the WWE style than most other indy companies are now.
It's not the perfect company by any means but they tour all over, can draw big crowds for big shows (They had well over 1,000 people 3 days in a row at their shows I saw in September), and have really good production values for their shows (when comparing to all non TNA/WWE wrestling companies. Yeah they do takes things a little over the time and their characters can be over the top cheesy sometimes but it's a really fun wrestling company to watch. When they run shows in my area I always try to attend.