View single post by srossi
 Posted: Wed Dec 4th, 2019 03:50 pm
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I don't know if this can be definitively answered, but I'd think right now, meaning 2019, there has to be more guys worldwide, and just in the U.S. too, making a full-time living at pro wrestling than ever before.  The territory system had maybe 25 guys in each region, often overlapping and circulating and there were scenes in Japan, Mexico, and Europe, but nothing like today.  I would venture to say that WWE currently has under contract between their 4 brands almost as many wrestlers who competed throughout all the territories full-time, and that's not counting the huge indy scene where a lot of guys don't need day jobs anymore.  And the women add at least 100 more jobs to the business.  

I remember reading the first PWI 500 in 1991, which was an awful year to launch such a project.  The business was down across the board, the territories had all mostly died, and there was no indy scene to speak of yet.  Even taking into account that PWI didn't yet cover Japan and Mexico and weren't very sophisticated in how they put the list together, it was still pretty bad that they had to stretch with guys like Bobby Heenan and Adnan Al-Kaissie to get to 500.  Today, they could probably do a PWI 1,000 and miss a few decent talents.     

This thread was great before AA ruined it.