So far every article I have written has been mostly or entirely negative. However, I have fallen into the holiday cheer like many others, so today’s article will be a nice change of pace. While wrestling is certainly not as popular or as culturally significant as it has been, there are a large number of reasons for wrestling fans to be pleased with.
The first reason is the overwhelming amount of talented wrestlers. WWE is the biggest company allowing them to secure some of the biggest stars like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Tommaso Ciampa, Becky Lynch, along with many others. AEW pride themselves on their talented roster with names like Kenny Omega, Bryan Danielson, Adam Page, CM Punk, MJF, Britt Baker, FTR, and the Young Bucks, just to name a few. I could go on listing wrestlers forever, and I would still find a way to miss thousands of talented performers. There are more wrestlers now who could put on a 20 minute classic than in any other time period.
The second reason is how many promotions are producing consistent wrestling content. There are the two big ones in the U.S. between WWE and AEW, producing high production and easy to find wrestling. There are dozens of promotions overseas like New Japan, NOAH, AAA, and Revolution Pro. There are the smaller American based companies like Impact, MLW, and NWA, however Ring of Honor will be severely missed. Finally there are a huge number of indy promotions such as GCW, OVW, PWG, CZW, and Chaotic who give less known talent a stage to shine on. All these promotions offer different wrestling styles and philosophies, and there will be at least one company that has your preferred style in mind.
The final reason is that most wrestling shows are available via streaming services. In this new digital landscape, you can buy feeds to wrestling shows all over the country and all over the world. It allows fans to explore all different types of wrestling and gives smaller promotions a chance to grow their audience. It’s also extremely easy and cheap to do so, with most shows costing no more than $10 to purchase, less than a trip to the movies.
Wrestling is at a point where it has some of the best wrestlers of all time working a variety of styles for a variety of promotions, most of which is available from the comfort of your own home for a couple bucks. Truly a special time to be a fan.