Jim Ross has a very interesting blog on his website. He often uses the blog to address questions he receives about the wrestling business. In his latest offering, he addresses his thoughts on wrestling promotions outside the WWE. His answer is refreshing:
“Do you hate TNA?” Hell, no. Why would I hate TNA? That makes no sense. It provides fans with more product to enjoy and more importantly, to me, provides wrestlers with another place to live their dream and earn a living. Same goes for ROH or any other promotion. The healthier those companies are the better it is for the overall genre. Any one who thinks that I ‘hate’ other wrestling organizations is 100% Pet Coon Goofy.
Well said, JR. Competition between wrestling promotions produced the most popular era in wrestling history. If you own a bar and two new bars open across the street from you, it doesn’t hurt your business it HELPS your business. More people will show up because they hear about the new bars via word of mouth and you now operate in a place where people can bar hop and spend an entire evening. The interest in that part of town increases, new cliental is generated and you see where I’m going with this.
The best possible thing that could happen to pro wrestling is for another promotion emerge as viable competition for the WWE. Not only will it benefit both companies, but it will benefit wrestling as a whole. If there is intense competition, it will generate a buzz. A buzz means people will tune in. That includes people that currently turn their nose up at the though of watching “sports entertainment.” It’s nice to hear that Ross seems to grasp that. I wish more people did.