On January 30, 2007, the so-called "secret society" known as Wrestling Society X debuted on MTV. Before even watching the first episode, I knew that this new promotion would not last. However, I didn't think it would be cancelled after four episodes.
I have to compliment WSX on acquiring some of the most young, athletic, available wrestlers at the time. Some familiar names include Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne), Teddy Hart, Matt Cross, and Jimmy Jacobs.
The roster also included proven veterans such as 6-Pac (Sean Waltman), Vampiro, Rick Banderas (Judas Mesias), Justin Credible, and New Jack.
Within their 30 minute block every Tuesday night on MTV, the WSX roster went into the squared-circle and performed many outrageous moves. Many of the moves seen in one episode would probably not be seen within a month's worth of WWE television. If WSX had been managed properly, these generally obscure wrestlers could have become household names in their own right.
Despite the amazing, young talent, WSX had its many flaws.
First was presentation. I know they were supposed to be an "underground society," but the artificially torn up ring just made it look tacky and unprofessional. Also, there were way too many special effects; It seemed as though in every episode, somebody was thrown into the exploding coffin. Also, the match types, although original, were somewhat odd. An Exploding Cage Timebomb Match? Tables, Ladders, and...Cervezas?
As mentioned earlier, the wrestlers risked their bodies to put on entertaining matches for a lowly viewed, 30 minute wrestling show. However, there were no storylines to add fuel to the matches. They didn't have to be about the boss and his leprechaun son, but there could have been simple storylines to make the matches a little more interesting.
The matches were just two (often times more) guys in the ring with no real motivation for fighting each other.
The fact that Wrestling Society X was an MTV product also said failure to me. They obviously didn't have that high of an opinion with WSX to begin with. 30 minutes is definitely not enough time for a wrestling show.
The short matches were meant to "compete" with the second half of ECW. WSX found out that even with ECW, that is harder than it sounds. After the first show, the ratings were dismal. The show was cancelled after the conclusion of episode four, and MTV showed a marathon of episodes five through nine to close out the series for good.
It also did not help that WSX had live musical performances at the beginning of each show, which would subtract from the already limited time that the wrestlers had. I also wasn't a fan of some of the band members joining Bret Ernst and Kris Kloss for commentary.
In today's professional wrestling, it is extremely difficult to get your product on TV. MTV had the rights to WSX, and therefore was able to get their promotion on TV immediately. Many organizations would kill for this opportunity. Despite its popularity, ROH still hasn't made it onto national TV in the United States.
With the amount of money that MTV has, they really could have made WSX something big. Sure WWE status was a long way off, but TNA wasn't extremely far out of reach at the time.
MTV reaches a wide range of viewers. With proper advertising, real wrestling (not just death matches all the time), and better presentation I'm sure they would have had as good a shot as anybody.
WSX was also recorded as if it were any other MTV show. Similar to The Real World and several other similar shows, WSX had to be viewed in seasons. It was recorded, then broadcasted three or four months later. If they had gone on to a next season, this means some wrestlers could have signed with other companies by now, and therefore, WSX would have continuity issues.
Congratulations to Vampiro and Judas Mesias, who will go down as the only two champions in WSX history. WSX was planning a Tag Team Championship, however, the show was cancelled soon afterwards.
Many of the wrestlers in WSX have gone on to wrestler in WWE, TNA, ROH, and CZW, among other promotions. Maybe it is a good thing that WSX didn't last. Nobody had a long term contract, so if WWE or TNA saw a wrestler they liked, I'm sure that wrestler would jump ship immediately. TNA was impressed with Mesias after he became champion and he soon left to wrestle briefly for them.
Also, in the beginning, WSX made every wrestler sign a contract binding them to WSX for the entire season. Delirious refused to sign this contract because he felt that a chance with TNA was at stake. This shows that many of the wrestlers probably wouldn't have been committed to WSX for the long run.
For three weeks in 2007, WSX made it up as the fourth promotion in the United States; Although they were an extreme distance away from even ROH. Who knows what they could have been had they been handled like a wrestling promotion instead of just another MTV show.