The State Of The Indies

Added by Dustin Motley

Every few years, the President of the United States has the State of the Union address. I don’t watch it since it seems like there is no point to it since we already know what’s wrong with the United States and it doesn’t fix anything but in this speech, the President goes over problems and good things with my country. I decided that I should do this but for the current independent wrestling scene.

Right now, the independent wrestling scene is going through a resurgence. With the WWE constantly dropping in ratings and with terrible booking and storylines, it doesn’t look like that is changing anytime soon. Right now is time for an independent promotion to step up and truly try to compete with WWE. A promotion like Ring of Honor (ROH), Impact Wrestling (formerly TNA), Lucha Underground, or another indy needs to spend the money and break the glass ceiling. WWE has always been the number one promotion but now is a chance for an indy to compete with the mega promotion. Problem with that: money talks. WWE is a multi-million, possibly billion, dollar company.

These indy promotions, even large ones like ROH and Impact, don’t have that type of money. They can’t go out and buy major cable time (don’t fool yourself Impact: Pop is not major cable), or major talent. Nothing illustrates that more now than this week where WWE spent big money to lure Bullet Club members AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, and also signing major Japanese star Shinsuke Nakamura. These other promotions could have easily bough these promotions for less money since they all acknowledged they wanted to finish their careers soon and did what was best for their family. Ouch for all the promotions for losing these talents. Losing them was a major blow to the indy scene, especially Styles, since they traveled the world working for all promotions and helping all indies. Indies need to get the money to compete and fast or WWE, and their developmental in name only NXT, take over the scene and steal all the talents.

One of the biggest positive for the indy scene is social media, video on demand, and YouTube. We have seen this resurgence of indies and all the new hot promotions because we have twitter now to promote any indy promotion, anywhere. All these promotions use twitter and facebook to reach their fans and new fans and get the word out about where they are at and who is wrestling. twitter brings all wrestling fans together. Sometimes it can go wrong with some wrestlers not saying the smartest things on twitter but overall, it’s a positive. Many of these indy promotions are also on YouTube. I could go on YouTube right now and find matches from basically any indy promotion. From the backyard wrestling shows to a local show to a national show like ROH and like an international indy like Rev-Pro.

Basically every promotion has a YouTube page where they out there shows. It’s awesome and it’s definitely helping us fans discover new promotions and wrestlers. Last, but not least, video on demand. This is a service like Netflix and Hulu where you watch shows that are uploaded unto a channel online. They are a subscription service though, so they cost money, but overall it’s worth the ten dollars or less a month. There are awesome ones like NJPW World, which has all there shows and great previous content, and other ones like Rev-Pro where they put there monthly PPVs on there. There are less stellar ones (sorry ROH, I love your promotion but step up in the game already and get with the trend), but for the most part all are great. There is the WWE Network, which honestly, is cheap and pretty great content, but with there current ratings drop it looks like the Network may take a hit and another promotion may get a better Network and surpass the WWE network. Let’s pray that happens.

There is so much more I could talk about but those are the major points. Overall though, if your a wrestling fan, go to an independent wrestling show. If it’s ROH or TNA or a local one, you will be involved in the show and invested and watch great wrestling. If you just stick to the mega power WWE, then your doing yourself, and the wrestling business as a whole, a complete injustice. The independent wrestling scene is on the rise, and doesn’t look like it will be falling off soon, so jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride that is professional wrestling.md wrestling show. If it’s ROH or TNA or a local one, you will be involved in the show and invested and watch great wrestling. If you just stick to the mega power WWE, then your doing yourself, and the wrestling business as a whole, a complete injustice. The independent wrestling scene is on the rise, and doesn’t look like it will be falling off soon, so jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride that is professional wrestling.

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