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 Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 12:05 am
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srossi wrote: BlueThunder wrote: Serious question. Is there a market for a second wrestling organization? The interest level has dropped in the last 5 or 6 years. I think MMA has a lot to do with the drop in interest.
Not at the level that the market could support both WWE and WCW during their heydays, but I don't see any reason why a well-run organization couldn't be a profitable #2.  You look at the ratings TNA got at their peak while doing everything wrong, and I think someone who knew what they were doing could've doubled that viewership, made some money on house shows, PPVs, and merch, kept expenses reasonable, and have been in a good financial spot for years to come.  Even ROH without the TV and with some hiccups along the way have slipped into adequate profitability for many years (for their level, of course).  So the market is definitely there to survive and make everyone a modest living.  But no, there will be no Raw and Nitro both pulling in 8s in opposition to each other ever again.  There's too much outside competition for the entertainment eyeball and dollar. 

I agree for the most part, but I, without any data to support my claim, believe that the fanbase in wrestling has shrunk considerably since the early to mid 2000s. There's a lot of factors for this. Oversaturating the product hasn't gained them any fans. I couldn't wait until Monday night to switch back and forth to Raw and Nitro. Then Nitro went 3 hours and then they introduced Thunder. This made the product stale. Also, when TNA was enjoying decent ratings, the UFC didn't take off like a rocket. I firmly believe the UFC stole many wrestling fans, not just because of the product, but also because of the charismatic fighters.

I would like to see another boom. I don't know what it would take. In the 80s, it was the cartoonish WWF. In the 90s it was the edgy NWO and Stone Cold.