Re: The lack of competition
It is an interesting subject,
I shall try not write a short essay on the subject as i don't want to bore anyone.
1) This is probably the most important and unspken about issue the industry has at the moment,
That is that your average person just isn't interested in Pro Wrestling.
Know one else i know watches any form of Pro Wrestling,
From my 6 year old nieces and nephews to my elderly relatives and everyone in between.
somewhere over the last 16/18 years in my experiences,
There has been a massive disconnection between Pro Wrestling and the general public.
Which equates to less eyes on the industry and less money within the industry, So it is much tougher for a smaller promotion to really grow,
Which leads me on to my next point.
2) To much competition at lower levels.
New Japan Being the exception perhaps,
I feel like TNA,ROH,Lucha Underground/AAA,ICW,Chikara,Evolve,GFW, all need to combine together instead of working against each other.
It sometimes looks like to me,
That its the same group of Wrestlers going from one promotion to the next
but just performing under a different banner.
I know it is happening with some promotions but i think there needs to be a more,
Dare i say it,
old school NWA kind of unity with these promotions,
So that yes they keep their own individuality,
but they also share resources so that the independent scene as whole becomes a more stable platform,
And it makes it much easier for fans to keep track of whats going on.
Because its like the wild west at the moment, Its so hard to follow what is going on in the indies,
$6 for this promotion per month,
$10 for this IPPV
$6 for this service
$10 for this stream
$5 for this but only if you subscribe to this podcast...
All these promotions are good individually but i just don't think the Pro Wrestling fan base is large enough to warrant all of them.
I just wish they could all work together more and have a united focus,
So that Fans and Wrestlers alike, All have one link,name,brand,home to where all these promotions are based.
Instead of everything just feeling and looking so fragmented and disbanded.
3) Does money equate a better promotion ?
I am not so sure,
Whenever people talk about competition,
The money that WWE has and generates is always a point of discussion,
But money does not always mean competition does it,
Its what you do with that money that makes you competition.
WCW and TNA are prime examples of that.
WCW and ECW where competition for WWE because they where WCW and ECW.
So many promotions try to be like WWE these days,
But because they don't have the production Staff,Values, and the crew WWE have,
They end up looking like a low budget WWE.
ECW didn't have that money so it focused on the in ring/entertainment aspect more, The stuff that money cant buy.
WCW had the money but focused on creating story lines,Characters and in general creativity that WWE couldn't buy.
So they didn't look like a low budget WWE because they looked like WCW and ECW.
They had new faces,New creative ideas,New styles of Wrestling,Announcers,New titles,
and that newness created new fans.
I feel like a lot of the indies now are stuck in this late 90s vortex,
Surrounded by dented trashcans, Walmart ladders, and Evil authority figures.
Yet they want new fans and new money for old Wrestling and i just think that is not the correct way to create competition,
Because nothing is NEW.
So the only fans you are going to attract are us die hards who remember the 90s and lets be honest there is not many of us around these days.
WWE is guilty of all the above as well, So don't get me wrong,
they are not getting away with it trust me.
4) How do you solve a problem like WWE ?
They own Wrestling.
It is as simple as that.
When WCW and ECW died a lot of Wrestling fans just stopped watching Wrestling.
They didn't start watching WWE,
They just stopped all together.
A promotion,A businessman, someone or something should have capitalised on that.
But they didn't.
WWE was left to do whatever they liked to the industry,
They have now created a 'quite literal' Universe where only WWE can exist.
Any talent appears, NXT here we come.
Any new ideas, Lets try it out on Smackdown for 6 months.
A stable in Japan continues to make waves even after you have taken its best star,
Lets Bring the new leader and his henchman to RAW.
Every glimmer of competition is killed off before it eve starts now, Because WWE has the resources,Money and Talent to own it.
It is not all bad though, If WWE had not purchased WCW all that footage and history would have been burnt in a pile by Time Warner by the sounds of things.
The Network is great.
It is exactly what all the independent promotions need.
WWE now has to be held accountable for the state of the industry,
They are the shop window.
If they do bad the whole industry does bad.
So they have to change with the times,
Because without indie stars,
Where is NXT
and without NXT where is RAW and Smackdown,
Without Raw and Smackdwon where is the TV time and exposure,
Where are the former stars indie shows use to help sell tickets.
Without sold tickets where are the fans
Without fans where is the wrestling show
without the wrestling show where is the wrestling
The world would be a slightly less fun place for all of us on these forums.
WWE does not need competition,
but any future competition needs WWE.
WCW the greatest and really only competition WWE has ever had,
Used WWE's own stars to catapult it ahead of WWE, For a very short but significant amount of time.
Majority of people don't watch Pro Wrestling now...
That is with WWE having 6-7 hours of TV time every week....
Pro Wrestling in general having what 9-10 hours...
I would amazed if WWE vanished tomorrow if any Indie promotion was still around in 12 months time.
Because much like with WCW,
Loyal fans don't just switch on to another promotion.
They just switch off.
So no i don't think we need competition to make WWE or Wrestling great again.
We Need WWE to make Wrestling great again.
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