The Dossier: Why Pro Wrestling Doesn't Need to Get Its Act Together

Sulayman H.Senior Writer IJuly 12, 2010

A large percentage of wrestling fans and the Internet wrestling community (if it can be called a community) believe that wrestling's standpoint in the mass media revolves in cycles, from growing strong and becoming a vital part of programming to falling into the depths of obscurity.

"Wrestling will soon get its next boom" is what the hopefuls say, whereas others say the boom is already starting with new talent being pushed quickly into the spotlight.

Paul Heyman's post-UFC 116 comments, which included the phrase "pro wrestling needs to get its sh*t together" were discussed by marketing genius Eric Bischoff in which he stated he has no idea of the similarities between MMA and pro wrestling.

He didn't even consider, that for once, maybe Paul's comment had nothing to do with his geographical whereabouts and he was simply stating for the record, that MMA is doing much better than the pro wrestling industry.

Even then, Heyman's comments made me think back to the last time that pro wrestling needed to get its act together and I can't seem to remember such an occasion ever taking place where the wrestling industry has had to gear up and go head-to-head with another major sport.

Sure, for the few nostalgic readers, they can fondly look back at the dissention within the industry as Ted Turner and Vince McMahon fought for complete control of the wrasslin business, but even then, there was never such a monumental force as UFC going up against them.

This might be a foreshadowing of the future, even with McMahon stating that he doesn't view MMA as competition, there are loads of wrestling fans crossing over looking for legitimate fighting and have found their haven rightfully.

For those who write down five things the WWE needs to do to bring about the next wrestling boom and other such fascinating articles, here's a little hint to why a wrestling boom won't take place until someone knocks the WWE off its high horse.

The '80s boom came about by catching lightning in a bottle with Hulk Hogan. The Attitude Era came about due to WCW putting pressure on Team McMahon by touting its ratings and signing ex-WWE talent.

It wasn't until WWE was knocked down that it came back up and that's the only probable way we shall be blessed with another exciting period in the history of televised pro wrestling.

The WWE has most of the pro wrestling audience under its umbrella of shows such as RAW , Smackdown! , NXT, and Superstars .

The thing with WWE, it seems, is that it is content with doing business. If it's making money, it's all fine and well.

The WWE is complacent. Its programming will not change until it is forced to change with the times.

Or if someone knocks it down.

Do you see any other wrestling company with a larger shadow than the one WWE casts over the entire pro wrestling industry?

I'm no advocate for bringing the Attitude Era style of programming when I stated that McMahonagement is complacent; things made even less sense logically during that brief albeit successful period of time.


Sure, WWE and TNA are pushing new talent because time is a factor, and guys like Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Sting, and Edge won't be around forever and the quicker they find the next star, the easier the transition becomes.

So, to effectively make a new star, they start pushing everyone they hire, regardless of whether they have the undefinable "it" factor that so many wrestling pundits have chased after.

Pro wrestling didn't get its act together against any other monster, ever.

But it has had WWE gear up against the powerhouse that WCW was threatening to become.

The few talented superstars of WWE brought in viewers and greed, and stupidity of a handful in WCW brought an end to the Monday Night Wars.

In short, pro wrestling has not really faced a monster the size of UFC.

If you go back to Heyman's comments now, do they make more sense?

We already know that UFC makes more money in the U.S. than WWE does around the world with live PPV events; is this Heyman's warning to wrestling management?

You can bet your shiny spinner belt on that.

For now, as long as the money comes in, and it does, WWE will continue to be content with what they are producing.

Pro wrestling doesn't need to get its sh*t together, but it probably should.