If you were a wrestling fan back in the 1990’s, you probably experienced a great deal of the “what if” conversation with other fans. “What if Andre The Giant faced off against The Big Show (who was known then as “The Giant”)? What if there really was an all-wrestling channel”? “What if Hulkamania really did die”? But the biggest “what if” ever discussed among fans without question was “What if the WWF went head to head with WCW”? A discussion that had no bounds and would essentially come to fruition in 2001 after the WWE purchased the company. However, that was done after the buyout, what about an event with both companies that are still ticking? We may get our wish after all, as the possibility of a WWE vs. TNA event is not completely ruled out.
Per Dixie Carter, the President of TNA, she is open to a cross brand event with the two companies going head to head. When asked by digitalspy.com if she would ever be open to the idea of WWE and TNA stars appearing together in shows, she said:
“I absolutely would do that. I’m not sure if they would do that, but I absolutely would.”
As many people know, Dixie met with up with the WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon-Levesque for lunch during WrestleMania 29 week. This would, without a doubt, be the ultimate “fly on the wall” meeting since the topics of discussion were unknown. However, just knowing that both Carter and McMahon can have an innocuous sit down really shows how far wrestling has come since the days of Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff wanting to kill each other.
One thing that has proven to be true is that pro wrestling progresses with the times. Promotions will mirror what is going on within the world, whether through storylines or the overall intended focus of the company. In today’s world, competition is still something very prevalent, but innovative collaborations have proven to be just as effective in the market while remaining profitable. With this being said, a WWE vs. TNA event can happen and would do more help than harm for both products. Financially, TNA would have the edge in benefit, but the WWE would benefit tremendously in terms of versatility and creative. WWE Shareholders would not be opposed to this, since this could open doors for a great deal of potential to reach out and work with additional companies that back TNA financially.
We have seen wrestling organizations do cross promotions before. TNA has worked with AAA and ROH before. Chikara has worked with a number of smaller local wrestling promotions as well. But never before have we seen two major promotions go head to head. If a WWE vs. TNA event were to happen, something like this would be monumental, everlasting and only benefit pro wrestling (and their fans) overall.
Maurice Proffit is a Writer for Rant Spots