Originally Posted by Combat Analyst
It's a surprise the product has even lasted so long since the Attitude Era.
wrestling has been around for 100 years in some shape or fashion, when the final book is written on pro wrestling the attitude era will but take up a chapter, a successful one sure but wrestling didn't begin and certainly won't end with the attitude era and in the grand scheme of things when we talk about worldwide over the course of the past century its impact is even less
Originally Posted by Irish Jet
Nope. It's a dying industry and will continue to decline.
The internet is largely to blame for that.
wrestling is not a dying industry, there is more wrestling on national prime time us television right now than ever before, raw right now is doing what nitro and raw did combined in early 1996 in terms of actual viewership, combined in jan/feb 1996 nitro and raw were drawing about 3.1-3.5 million homes back then
wwe average live attendance for houseshows in 1994 was 2,880, in 2012 it was 6,000, the highest grossing pro wrestling show in history just happened last month, it drew $12.3m at the gate, thats the more money from ticket sales than mania 17, 18 and 19 combined
to address the op question, nobody knows or can tell when a boom is coming, even in late 1997 nobody foretold a boom happening then, i have been reading meltzer and kellers stuff circa october/early november 1997 and they are both in agreement that the wwf roster lacks serious depth at the time, of course neither man could predict that vince would become one of the greatest tv heels in history just a few months later