We all remember the Monday Night Wars era of pro wrestling in the mid-90's right?
The constant rating war every Monday night between the then WWF and its arch-rivals WCW created some of the most original and entertaining wrestling content we had ever seen.
The two companies, along with the young upstarts down in ECW led by Paul Heyman, created an era of wrestling renaissance by consistently challenging each other to produce better and more ground-breaking content to appeal to the masses. Could we, in the current landscape of pro-wrestling, be about to head into another wrestling renaissance?
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Certainly, the current state of affairs of the business could suggest that we are. We know that to create another boom period of pro-wrestling the WWE needs competition as shown in the late 90's with WCW.
Without a competitor there is no competition and we have seen many times in the past that the WWE has a tendency to rest on its laurels when the competition is low. There is no direct competition as of yet (despite TNA's numerous unsuccessful attempts of trying to provide direct competition) but there are still an abundance of wrestling shows getting television deals.
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TNA and Ring Of Honor have both found homes on Destination America while Lucha Underground broadcasts from the El Rey network. Also, Jeff Jarrett's new company, Global Force Wrestling, is actively searching for a television deal.
So, in all actuality, we have more choice now than we did back in the 90's when it comes to pro-wrestling which just goes to show that a renaissance may be on the horizon yet.
So we know that we have a lot of potential when it comes to competition but how can these companies expand and create the competition with the WWE?
Well, the events that transpired on TNA Impact Wrestling this past Wednesday could have given us a glimpse into the future. Jeff Jarrett, the owner of GFW and former TNA and WWE superstar appeared on the live edition of Impact wrestling. He announced he would be returning to TNA to compete in the match he created, the king of the mountain match, and to go out this time on his own terms and with a win.
The interesting part about this segment was that Jarrett said that he would address some points but not others in relation to what TNA's full deal with Jarrett actually is.
Could Jarrett's newly formed GFW be involved with an invasion angle in TNA? Could TNA's wrestlers be allowed to appear for GFW? Could GFW's television deal be with Destination America? It certainly seems like something is planned after Jeff Jarrett was crowned the inaugural King of the Mountain champion at TNA Slammiversary.
Plus, with the added revelation that TNA wrestler Bobby Roode is going to compete in the tournament to crown the first ever GFW world heavyweight champion at the company’s first TV tapings in July it adds more fuel to the fire that the companies have some sort of working relationship going on.
If GFW's deal is with Destination America then that network could create a pro wrestling dynasty with time, patience and money that maybe one day could challenge WWE and create the next wrestling boom period.
Imagine a world where ROH, TNA and GFW cross promote which would make all of their wrestling shows can't miss occasions. You wouldn't know who would be liable to show up at any given time and dream match-ups would be created.
We can only hope that these companies see the opportunity in this situation even if it is just GFW and TNA who strike a deal and end up working together on the same network due to the unknown factor in this equation – ROH.
At this point in time we don’t even know if ROH would even want to work with the two companies but we can only hope that the future is bright for all of the companies in the pro-wrestling landscape and that one day another wrestling renaissance may be created. In the end, that’s what’s truly best for business.