There are millions of fans out there that are fans of the WWE, and why not? It is athletic, butt-kicking action, with soap opera like story lines and beautiful bikini-clad women.
There are also millions of fans that are fans of the UFC. Like the WWE, it looks to grab that testosterone male graphic, and does so with brutal knockouts, non-stop action, and great pay-per view build ups.
But, is one organization more popular than the other? One can argue both points.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last 25 years, the WWE as we know it, was founded by Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr. He took the best wrestlers out of all the regional promotions, brought them to then the World Wrestling Federation, and expanded to all over the country, and even the world.
WWE saw its zenith in the mid-'80s when Hulk Hogan became a household name. Wrestlemania soon emerged as the "Super Bowl" of wrestling, and others like the Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and Rowdy Roddy Piper became mainstream superstars.
Currently the WWE is still going strong. This past April, Wrestlemania 25 took place in Houston, TX. The WWE made $6.9 million in tickets sales, and weekly more people watch Monday Night Raw than any other cable show.
On the other side of the tale of the tape is the more upstart UFC. The UFC was created back in the early '90s as a tournament to find out who the best martial artists were in the world. The first Major event was held in Denver in late 1993, where Royce Gracie won.
The UFC has gone through a lot of changes since then. More rules, more controversy, and more fighters. The UFC has a slew of big names including, B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes, Brock Lesnar, and Georges St. Pierre just to name a few.
Recently UFC 100 took place in mid July. Tickets to the event were sold out before they even went on sale. The expected buyrate for the pay-per view is just over one million homes, just a few thousand more than bought Wrestlemania 25.
So which is better?
You can easily argue that the WWE is more rich in tradition. Many people who grew up in the '80s remember being little Hulkamaniacs. We remember when Hogan body slammed the Giant, Savage battled the Dragon, and the Undertaker tombstoned his first victim.
This may not be the case so much in the UFC. There have been a number of stars that have emerged in the business, likie the Chuck Liddels and Tito Ortiz's, but with this sport it hasn't quite been around long enough to give fans that nostalgic feeling.
Point goes to WWE.
A big strength the UFC has these days is that they are able to hype and build up the events. The recent Frank Mir-Brock Lesnar match at UFC 100 had that big fight feel. It was almost like the days when Mike Tyson got in the ring, it was electric.
It just seems to me that when it comes to injecting the big fight feel into an event, UFC gets the job done better, whereas WWE just seems to repeat matches over and over.
Point goes to the UFC.
The cage fighters also seem to be better at getting guys on TV, and making new stars. You never know who may win a fight, since one punch can change everything. In the WWE, it is the same guys. You have your Triple H's, John Cenas, and Undertakers that do not get out of the way for other guys.
Point goes to the UFC.
Points also would go to the UFC for not being scripted, the best action, and best pay-per views.
The WWE gets the nod in the pageantry category. I love the entrances of the superstars more than the actual wrestling these days. There is nothing like Pyro, and rock music, and loud pops to get you excited. The WWE also gets credit in having more live events. They seem to have at least one show a night, and have TV shows that air four nights a week.
Points to the WWE.
The bottom line is you can debate these two companies all you want. WWE is sports entertainment, UFC is sport, but that doesn't seem to matter. What does matter is that they seem to be doing good business, entertaining millions, and giving that 18-34 male demo some whoop ass action that we desperately need.
But what do you think? There are so many other points I could have made for both companies. Which one do you like more? Which one do you feel will prosper more in the future?
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