The Wrestling Business is Failing
by, 04-11-2011 at 01:29 AM (4768 Views)
The wrestling business is failing. With the new era of political correctness and dismay for anything prejudice, the wrestling business faces its biggest challenge ever. The two major companies are at a standstill, neither is improving, neither willing to give up the glory of the old days.
In this modern world wrestling needs to catch up to this millennium, it needs to be fair to its workers and it needs absolutely zero tolerance for drug use. This includes steroids, it must apply this policy to all, even the top dogs, even if it means cancelling a live show or two and giving them time off.
WWE tries but it tries too hard and in the wrong way, what wrestling needs is an independent commission and a wrestlers union.
Look at the best run sporting companies NFL (AFL if you live in Australia) and most of the other major sports. Issues are dealt with harshly and severely, but for a good reason, mainly to give the impression that they are on the side of the media but also so employees are discouraged from doing it again
Simply put, they know the consequences, but in professional wrestling it depends entirely on their spot on the card.
WWE have made headway, but with the discipline in the hand of one man and his mood, serious questions can be made into the integrity of the decisions.
The issues rang from drug abuse to assaults, and WWE, at least on the surface has zero tolerance, but look the performers, can anyone say without doubt that John Cena hasn’t taken performance enhancers, he has kept a full time schedule and the same physique for over half a decade.
WWE may try to seem transparent and politically correct but it’s not fooling anyone, underneath there are the same true stereotypes that have plagued wrestling for decades.
TNA is no better and in many ways worse, with performers who can draw even the slightest of crowds aloud to run rampant. Think Angle and Hardy. Would a professional sports association allow this to go on as long as they have? No.
This brings us back to a commission. With this, companies would have to apply to a set of standards and workers’ rights. I haven’t the time nor the expertise to set out more than this, but the commission should be made of intelligent people who understand the business and act in its best interest.
However this seems highly unlikely as the two major companies’ leaders would see this as a threat to their power. I only hope that one day these companies have a leader who will see that wrestling –as it was- cannot survive and that wrestling has to change with the times.
If these things are done than wrestling might not only survive but be launched into that elusive place of an easily defined loose framework that is pop-culture, something that it is has tried and failed to do for decades.
This is just a blog on an internet site but I hope someone with pull reads it.