Ex Con With A Heart Of Gold
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Re: All Raw TV Ratings, Buys, Attendance, Draw Talk Here - THE RATINGS STUFF PART VII - NUMBERZ
The top people in WWE right now are for the most part WWE's hand picked, long term roster investments, many of which came up through the developmental territories and performance center from WWE and have little experience in wrestling in other promotions, if any at all. Or else they were on the indy scene for a few years nearly 10 years ago, then spent the rest of the time with WWE, somebody like an Erick Rowan.
I mean, you could call Rollins an "indy darling" but he was with ROH for 4 years and has been with WWE for 9 years at this point. Roman Reigns is pure, uncut WWE talent. Ambrose/Moxley was an indy darling who got short-end-of-the-stick booking as a Shield member, at least from his perspective, and isn't even in the company anymore. Kofi Kingston wrestled and trained for a few months 14 years ago before WWE signed him. Remember all those great independent matches Kofi had in "Chaotic Wrestling?" Yeah, me neither. Brock Lesnar didn't work independent wrestling show's prior to WWE. He's his own beast, with the MMA matches and stuff in Japan, but he is by no means an indy darling, either.
As for the rest of the majorly pushed wrestlers lately and major angles going on, much of it now involves pure WWE performers who never worked a second in another company.
Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, Charlotte Flair, Dolph Ziggler. None of those people are indy darlings at all.
As a matter of fact, anybody who has watched WWE lately knows that having an extensive and successful independent wrestling pedigree can be of great DETRIMENT to a wrestler's booking. Ask EC3 and Robert Roode if they think its done 'em any favors. AJ Styles escaped the stigma, Samoa "Job" certainly didn't. WWE isn't using the stars they are buying that well, and they aren't successfully making their own Homegrown wrestlers, at least not to any major extent.
There is this notion that WWE knows how to do wrestling the right way, and there is this Indy Darling Infestation that needs to be purged or something, at least that's the impression I get. But there's really nothing going on that involves "indy darlings" at Clash of Champions, apart from, surprisingly enough, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, and maybe the Nakamura match. Maybe whatever they have Owens do and whatever they have Daniel Bryan do. That's pretty much it.
Last edited by SPCDRI; 09-11-2019 at 05:50 PM.