Not too long ago, my personal favorite columnist outside of myself (what, I can like myself more, he prefers himself too) Tim Sampsell (Of the Big Timboski Show) unveiled a column on why TNA was basically failing.
I won’t summarize what Tim said, because that would cost him readers who want to see what basically amounts to the first part of this column, but I will ask that if TNA is failing, who, if anyone, can compete with the WWE?
The first answer you have to look at is, well, no one. Yeah, it’s true. TNA didn’t even get close, it hired names and has a tv deal, but in terms of money, in terms of overall fanbase, it couldn’t touch the WWE at any point, and that’s all there really is to it.
No one in the industry right now can afford to spend the money that the WWE does, no one can produce the quality of commercials that they have, no one can match the salaries of it’s top guys, no one can afford it’s fleet of trucks and studio guys, the pedigree of their writers, or the prime rates they get for their advertising time.
Tim said to me in conversation that Paul Heyman, if he could get the financial backing to start ECW up again, could. I don’t think so. First off, even if Paul Heyman was back in ECW, he had a business that went bankrupt because the only way it could stay alive was to pay guys what they had become worth, or try to, in order to keep them in the company. He had to pay talented guys not to jump ship when they could get more money elsewhere.
What about Ring of Honor then?
Who then? Who’s left? Japan? No, they don’t show any signs of expanding? Mexico? Hell no, they’re gods in Mexico, only ones that are coming up will be coming up because someone is payin’ them more money than they can make in Mexico.
Well, some people look at the WWE and the UFC as the same, as a couple of guys have crossed over back and forth.
What about Eric Bischoff?
Oh… Well… Isn’t that a funny thought?
What if Eric Bischoff was working with Vince, being paid to work with Vince when he clearly didn’t have to, to be present just about every night on Raw, to be in the back, mostly keeping to myself, maybe… Watching…
Someone who maybe had a grudge against Vince McMahon, someone to whom Vince McMahon had once contemptuously said “That’s great Ted, I’m in the Wrestling Business.” Someone who had maybe been mocked for weeks in the Billionaire Ted skits, and then taunted openly when he had been forced out of control of his company after a merger with Time Warner? A man who maybe, just maybe, has a reputation as being stubborn and smart?
That’s the only potential group that I see competing with Vince in the near future. I hope you guys enjoyed this, it was really quite an enjoyable column to write, you’ll have to excuse the rough financial figures, I’m doing it by memory. Also, once again, this column is sort of a quasi-official follow up to Tim’s, I had the idea and most all of the content inside is mine and all of the work in his was column he did, but my ideas came from conversation with him, he got me thinking about it in the first place ya dig? I’m not going to pimp his link a second time.
That’s it for now, I should do one again near the end of March or something, quality takes time around here.
Peace and Love
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