rzombie1988 Posted January 25, 2017 Report Share Posted January 25, 2017 I feel like discussing today, so: What's your thoughts on the state of the wrestling business as a whole in 2017? Work wise: Probably more good wrestling ever, but it comes at a cost. Everyone keeps upping the danger levels of their matches is leading to injuries and undermining more basic and less dangerous moves. I also think matches have stopped standing out due to everyone looking similarly and working the same indy style. Buisness wise: The only promotions who seem to be up from previous years are DDT, UK indies and ROH, and they had rather low bars to improve from, so it doesn't mean much. WWE's down. TNA's barely existent. NJPW isn't as strong as they were a few years ago and I'm not 100% sure how various lower level major Japanese groups like AJPW, Z1, W1 and NOAH are making any money. Joshi is down as well. Mexico is down from the Mistico heydays. Technology/Production/Accessibility/Awareness: VOD is where its at right now. Every promotion in American and the UK are getting their own VOD service, while Japan is slowly getting there and Mexico has ignored it for the most part. This stuff is probably the future of wrestling but it has its issues - the value for what you get isn't that great, it doesn't help gain non-wrestling fans and the competition is getting high. The good stuff is that there is more legal wrestling available than ever before, there's more live wrestling than ever before and its in crystal clear quality. Promotions are also starting to get on their way to opening up to the world. Future of wrestling: I think we are going to end up with WWE revamping the territory system on an international stage and start putting the hits on hot indies and lesser companies. WWE owns most of the best wrestlers in the world right now and that's only going to continue. With this, I think we are also going to see more super indy guys and others who will get booked around the world and may not need the WWE to make bank off wrestling. People like Ibushi have also opened the door to where people can compete once in a while for WWE while going elsewhere too. I think we are going to see the current style going more towards athletic "can you top this?" style of matches. Your next gens of wrestlers aren't going to be big guys like before. They are going to be smaller and in better shape. The old stuff like managers, characters, promos and all of that are clearly going away for 5 star matches. I'd have to think at some point though that it will get old and people will start looking for basic wrestling again. I do think less people are watching wrestling than ever before and it's only going to get worse. There's going to be a big generation of the 2000's -2020's who didn't grow up with family members being wrestling fans and it's going to be hard to grab the younger fans who will carry wrestling for generations to come. I do think some developing countries are ripe for local pro wrestling to start up and get hot. Places like China, The Philippines, South America, India and others do have the people and potential, just it hasn't happened yet for whatever reason. With WWE taking steps to get bases in other countries, I think it's going to happen sooner than later. One really cool thing is that by 2035, we are basically going to have every wrestling tv show for a 50 year span, since most footage starts popping up around 1985. That's incredible to think about. Add youtube and various VOD services and pretty much everything wrestling is going to be documented and available. On the other hand, if anyone is sitting on old footage from the 70's-80's and hasn't released it yet, it's likely as good as gone soon. What do you guys think? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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