So I'm pretty much a in the truest form a wrestling fan and with Summer Slam being less then a week away, and me being about a week behind on post I will be posting a few Wrestling related blogs to get you ready from Summer Slam. Along with the wrestling debut of Stephen Amell as he teams with Neville! To wrestle wrong doers Stardust and King Barrett. I'm sure the match will be both terrible and uneventful, but I'll make it a highlight during my Summer Slam review.
What is Sports Entertainment?
In the late 1960s it became public knowledge that wrestling was "fake". Wrestling is a scripted and predetermined force that generated billions of dollars all over the world globally (annually). There are three major companies today: New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and of course the World Wrestling Entertainment brand here in the United States. However with the uprising of local indie companies like Ring Of Honor we may be in for a very interesting time in wrestling history.
Sports Entertainment is as basic as its name: Entertainment (meaning the scripted part), and Sports (meaning the wrestling part) because wrestling by itself doesn't bring in the mass numbers that these events have been known to generate.
If you know it's fake, why would you watch it?
Mainly when you're dealing with a television show you don't knock the cliffhanger unless it's Game Of Thrones.... (DAMN YOU STANNIS BERATHEON, DAMN YOU!). So why are people so up in arms about free weekly entertainment that's both live and fresh, and why do those same people expect people (like myself) to care? Companies like the WWE are made for CHILDREN, and is designed to give kids hope for their dreams and to pursue their goals. Then sometimes their heroes turn bad, but that's OK! Because most of the time they just go from lovable to awesome in a single moment.
Most of the time these lovable characters resurface and some legendary stars proceed as if they didn't just spit on children's faith in humanity.
What is Independent wrestling?
Around 1993 a revolution in under ground wrestling came to the lime light with the formation of cult fan favorite ECW (at the time Eastern Championship Wrestling). ECW was not like the televised wrestling at the time with jacked up body builder champions and happy go lucky story lines. ECW (shortly after re-named Extreme Championship Wrestling) had no rules in their contest and would also highlight some of the industries most promising young talents, like Chris Benniot, Chris Jericho, and Steve Austin. The two major companies (WCW and WWF) started using ECW as a showcasing platform for possible new superstars.
Over the years since ECW closed in 2001 there have been two possible independent kings to replace them. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and Ring Of Honor. While TNA uses a very WCW approach in signing past WWE talent and promoting that they are indeed NOT the WWE themselves, Ring Of Honor looks for fresh new talent rather it be in the states or over seas.
What is NXT?
NXT is WWE's developmental department. Due to the over whelming popularity of independent wrestlers. The WWE started signing a few of them. However due to some of these independent wrestlers being shorter or highly influenced by the Japanese wrestling style it became clear that most of them would not fair very well in the WWE programming. Until CM Punk that is. Phil Brooks better known as CM Punk was signed by WWE in 2007 and was thrown into their developmental program (at the time known as Florida Championship Wrestling). Punk commanded the Florida wrestling scene an it translated into wide spread success in the WWE. Being a former Ring Of Honor Champion didn't hurt his cult following, but being the shinning horse in developmental made him undeniable to the fans, and forced the WWE's hand in promoting him.
There is obviously a lot of money to be made in the indie scene and Triple H (Vice president of talent relations) saw this, signing media darling Brian Danielson and Tyler Black (Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins) it became clear that development was quickly becoming the new sensation. NXT started off as a competition show on the USA Network in 2010. The winner would be given a contract to the main roster, however the story line that followed... Well I'll just show you:
Media gold! NXT became a note worthy and actual force. The WWE wanted to see how far they could get with the concept so they made it a brand with in the WWE allowing Triple H to sign whom ever he deemed fit. It was a win-win for the WWE they would get new talent and take away for the high speed popularity of smaller rival companies. When the WWE announce in 2013 that NTX would become a weekly aired show however, it became clear that the "WWE Universe" may actually enjoy NXT more then Raw or Smackdown (the WWE's two weekly episodic television programs.)
Welcome to wrestling week. I'll have other things posted this week other then wrestling but I would love to get your point of view on the topic leave a comment below and let me know your favorite wrestling brand and why. You can also answer on the poll, if you don't feel very talkative.