Asking JAMES ELLSWORTH for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: May 2013
Location: New Jersey
Re: Are We In For A Wrestling Boom?
Wrestling has a huge advantage over MMA in the fact that you can see a star perform every week. Yes, MMA is tremendously popular and "real", but you can only see your favorite fighter fight at most once every three or four months. Unless UFC comes out with lots of unique, quickly produced TV surrounding top fighters, they have zero chance of competing in that aspect with wrestling. I don't think fans have to either be wrestling fans or MMA fans. There's enough people and money out there to support both industries.
The problem with wrestling now is that the industry has to reinvent itself again (as others have said), which it has been done countless times in the past. If you look at tapes from different decades, there's dramatic changes in all sorts of avenues.
Personally, I think the thing that needs to happen is for the industry to move away from the big men if they can't wrestle a fast-paced athletic style of match. Today people love great athletes; Robert Griffin III, Michael Phelps, Mike Trout, etc. Using great in-ring wrestlers as the foundation for the new product is a good start. I'm not just talking about X-Division style matches either.
Then make the actual product and storylines more realistic. Some people have said wrestling shouldn't try to be "fake MMA" and I agree, but wrestling can take a lot of the way companies like UFC produce their product and use it in the wrestling world. Well produced vingettes and backstage promos, etc. Brining a seriousness and respect to the product.
Wrestling needs to mirror society to grow, that's precisely what it did during the last boom period. Along with having a handful of performers who are really over, are household names and have mainstream appeal. There's a difference between just making the product better for wrestling fans and having a "boom" period - bringing in non-wrestling fans. Lots of things have to happen, everything has to be hitting on all cylinders and lots of luck need to be involved for that boom to happen.
Personally, I think the next chance we have for a boom period will happen when Vince hands over the reigns to Stephanie and Triple H - and when Dixie brings in someone different to run the wrestling side of her company. I'm not saying Stephanie, Triple H or whoever Dixie brings in will be amazing but it will finally be a new direction. Right now everything is stagnant and slowing declining. Someone new with different ideas needs to be brought in or appointed to lead the top companies into a new era, and the indy promotions will follow suit.