Ol' JR, Jim Ross has written about the lack of development in future talent for WWE, TNA and ROH.
In his latest blog the former commentator and VP of Talent Relations, responsible for signing new talent, warned about where the next decade of talent will come from.
He cited the excellence of the WWE Performance centre which is run by former wrestler Jerry Briscoe. The centre recruits wrestlers from the amateur wrestling background, like NCAA college wrestling, and trains them up to see if they've got what it takes to be a professional wrestler.
A notable wrestler who was a former amateur who competed at NCAA level is WWE's Brock Lesnar, along with Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle who is currently contacted with Impact Wrestling (TNA).
But his point, he claims, is that this system cannot be the sole reliance in acquiring new talent or rather 'big personalities'. He even warns TNA and Ring of Honor (ROH) that they don't have this kind of infrastructure in place and therefore has a harder job in recruiting new talent.
WWE and WCW famously used to have a large contingent of former pro athletes in other disciplines like Football. Bill Goldberg and Lex Luger are both former footballers. This seems to have disappeared as a method of entry in to professional wrestling in recent years.
But personality is big part of being a WWE superstar, or indeed any successful professional wrestler. You can command the mat like a technical genius but if you can't get over with a crowd then you're not going anywhere.
JR's concern seems to be that the naturally big personalities that dominated living rooms like Steve Austin, The Rock, Hogan, Sting, Flair, et al., may well be missing from future decades of professional wresting. Reading between the lines, he warns that although it can be trained, there is no guarantee as to how successful this training can be.
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