WWE are clearly the gold standard in professional wrestling and are widely regarded as the Major League where the best talent aim to showcase their abilities. But does their refusal to even acknowledge the existence of any other wrestling promotion beyond their own reflect badly on the company?
One track mind
The WWE Universe is just that, their own Universe to which they can block out anything that isn't WWE. In the long term is this a healthy tactic?
Social media, and the internet in general, allows fans to keep track of various promotions that previously they might not have had access to. Tracking the progress of up and coming talents both on the independent scene and smaller companies allows these talents to gain their own following and once they make it to the big time it seems unjust to completely ignore their achievements and the following they may have built up.
The attitude of 'what you have done prior to the WWE means nothing' seems to run through the company and that arrogance is shown when wrestlers like Bryan Danielson, Kevin Sheen, Low Ki, Prince Devitt, Tyler Black etc are given new names and characters instead of the company capitalising on the following they have built up.
There is of course the argument that by registering their new talent with a new name the WWE own the rights to that name, so can make more profit but fans are not stupid these days and some acknowledgement is needed instead of ignoring previous achievement.
In fact the only time you will hear any mention of another promotion is when WCW, ECW or NWA are mentioned when referring to titles won by a Hall of Famer, simply because they own the rights to those companies and they are no longer a threat.
If a wrestler had won a major title at another promotion it is simply not mentioned. One of the most recent examples was when Bubba Ray returned at the Royal Rumble. He ,along with D'Von, has won 26 world tag titles but only the ones in WWE and ECW seemed to count. That in my view is a slap in the face to what those wrestlers have done in the business.
Will this disregard for every other promotion apart from their own "Universe" ever come back to haunt them? Unfortunately I don't think so but it would be nice to see a change in the company's attitude.
What do you think WWE fans? Let us know in the comments section below...