MTV and Wrestling?
As a longtime wrestling fan, when I first heard about the new wrestling promotion that MTV would be promoting, I was really excited. I thought that this could only be a benefit to the business that we all live and breathe for.
A few years back, MTV canceled WWE’s Heat. It showed that the popularity of wrestling was on a decline so much that a network which had in some way had always been affiliated with WWE was finally pulling the plug. And now, years later, MTV wants back into the wrestling business. But they don’t want WWE this time. Hell, they don’t even want to use TNA or RoH to fill a timeslot. They have decided to start their own promotion and run it in a way they feel will fit the network. What does this mean for wrestling? Is wrestling evolving into more of a pop-culture staple? Or is it becoming somewhat of an underground taste? Does MTV’s interest in wrestling mean that there is a boom on the horizon? Or does it simply mean that MTV feels it can help the wrestling industry get to the boom?
Now, we all know that a wrestling promotion owned by a network ends in disaster (i.e. WCW). WCW never had a Vince McMahon. They never had a Paul Heyman. All they had were corporate suits that were in it to make money for Time Warner and not to setup a foundation to make money in the long-term. Will the trend continue with MTV Wrestling?
I really can’t answer any of these questions. I’m not an expert or a pundit. I am a fan who likes to share his opinions with other fans for the sake of having fun. So, in the name of fun I have made up a list of things that the new MTV Wrestling promotion needs to ensure if it aims for long-term success. And as a fan of the wrestling business, I sure hope they do achieve success.
1.Sign the best wrestlers from the Indy scene.
3.Have an interesting announce team.
4.No stupid gimmick matches.
5.Make the Championships primary, NOT secondary.
That’s just a list of a few things I could think of to help the new wrestling baby. I sincerely hope that they do succeed and go head-to-head with TNA or WWE someday. Because competition breeds success and at one time this wrestling business was home to three successful wrestling companies. And as we inch closer to the ‘no-compete’ clause hanging over Ted Turner’s head, there might just be another played added to the wrestling industry which already has 3 big promotions (WWE, TNA, and RoH). With all of these indicators around us, is MTV’s involvement in pro wrestling a foreshadowing of things to come?
Does it spell success for the wrestling industry? Yes, I believe it does.
WWE continues to garner excellent ratings that it hasn’t achieved since before it bought WCW; TNA is breaking records and moving to primetime; PWG is gaining mainstream publicity with FHM; ROH Wrestling continues to sell out venues all across the United States; and now MTV Wrestling seems to be sprouting some long legs and with the right direction, could become a real impact player within the industry; and where does Ted Turner stand?
All of these intriguing questions and no real answers.
Definitely an exciting time to be a wrestling fan…
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