After the WWE purchased WCW and ECW in the early part of the 2000s, the company hasn’t had any serious competition from other promotions in the United States after the end of the Monday Night Wars in the 1990s.
With TNA attempting to chip away from the WWE’s dominance on the wrestling scene today, could we ever see TNA become a true rival for the WWE like WCW and ECW did during the golden era of wrestling in 90s?
In an interview with WEXP 1600 AM in Philadelphia before the Lockdown pay-per-view last Sunday night, the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion commented on that very subject if his company could leapfrog the WWE as the biggest pro wrestling company in the world.
It's not going to happen overnight. We don't have the money that the other company has. We just have to take it slow … When we move too fast, that's how you destroy a company.
In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of TNA, as I usually get my wrestling fix from the WWE during the week on Mondays, Fridays and the occasional Sunday for a pay-per-view event.
As for the comments made by Styles in his interview last week, I think TNA could be a true challenger if they could slowly build their brand of wrestling with homegrown talent instead of just signing castoffs from the WWE.
In addition to having more homegrown talent, the company would have to keep some of their bigger names put in TNA and not let the bright lights of the WWE lure them away over time.
TNA has done a great job with this, as they’ve kept their bigger names like like Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and tag teams like the Motor City Machine Guns.
While the landscape of professional wrestling heavily slanted toward the WWE as the leader of the pack, do you think TNA could ever build themselves up to be a true competitor like WCW in the 90s?