Pro Wrestling Is On A Major Upswing
Tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET on Destination America, Ring of Honor will debut followed by TNA moving from Fridays to Wednesdays starting at 9 p.m. ET. Very rare in the annals of pro wrestling on television do you get two separate companies on the same night, on the same channel. It’s an historic and exciting night for us fans, which by the way also includes Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network and oh by the way maybe the best wrestling on TV, NXT on the WWE Network.
Just a few years ago, it seemed all fans had was WWE and TNA, but with what’s happening on Wednesdays, the usual Raw and Smackdown every weekday and sprinkle in New Japan Pro on Fridays, fans have so much wrestling available. It harkens back to the territory days when you had WWE, Mid Atlantic, Georgia Championship Wrestling, World Class, Mid South to name a few that were available somewhere on the small screen.
If you haven’t sampled any of these companies, you are truly missing out. Ring of Honor has some of the most amazing wrestlers on the planet, a company that bred guys like Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. New Japan treats pro wrestling like an actual sport where championships and winning actually mean something. Lucha Underground is something out of a Robert Rodriguez movie which makes sense since he is the executive producer. It’s like watching Desperado with a mix of luchadore wrestling. Even TNA, which has been a whipping boy to a lot of wrestling fans, has put on a very good product ever since Bully Ray put Dixie Carter through a table in the summer of 2014. They also have a budding young star in Ethan Carter III.
I also believe that this boom in pro wrestling has made WWE better. The year so far for WWE has been stellar, with the rise of young talent like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns headlining the main event scene, not to mention what’s going on with NXT and Kevin Owens. There probably will never be true competition for the WWE like WCW did during the Monday Night wars, but like there was in the 80s, you have some fascinating alternatives.