It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 47th of 2021. Today Brian addresses the rumors and the realities of even more pro wrestling companies starting up soon and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
Can Fans Sustain Even More Wrestling?
The pro wrestling world is certainly shifting as of late. With WWE releasing talent at a rapid pace and Ring of Honor going on “hiatus and releasing all of their talent….AEW, Impact, MLW, New Japan and NWA simply cannot sign everyone. That leaves a lot of extremely talented wrestlers as free agents. Some will eventually get signed to one of those aforementioned promotions…but not everyone will be so lucky. We may see a renaissance of the independent promotions with some really big names…but can they afford it?
In recent days, there have been rumblings of multiple promotions possibly popping up. First off, former Ring of Honor star Jonathan Gresham is starting his own promotion called ‘Terminus: Modern Age Grappling’ that will debut in January of 2022. While Gresham has stated that his group will not sign talent to exclusive deals…and just use contracted talent from other promotions…it just may be another place for wrestlers to hone their craft.
There were also rumors that Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon were considering opening their own wrestling/sports entertainment company. The rumor seemed to gain a bit of traction considering the way Triple H’s father in law Vince McMahon has seemingly erased most of what Triple tried to build with NXT. Dave Meltzer was asked about that rumor and he stated that currently Triple H is dealing with serious health issues with his heart and there are zero plans to break away from WWE.
The most recent rumor has the self proclaimed “Podfather” Conrad Thompson opening up a wrestling company with the co founder of TNA/Impact Wrestling and WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. The two have used social media to tease the possibility and Jeff himself hasn’t denied anything. When asked if he would be interested in forming another company….He said he still had interest and believes with all the available talent out there…he could create compelling storytelling.
Of course, the last time Jarrett attempted to start a new promotion, it was with his wife Karen and at the time was battling alcoholism. Global Force Wrestling had a ton of potential and had the idea to have various working agreements with different promotions around the world. Some claim it was just a scam, while others blamed Jarrett’s personal issues got in the way. In any case, GFW never fully developed despite taping episodes for TV and almost taking over Impact Wrestling. Could a sober Jeff Jarrett and Conrad successfully create a new organization?
The big question is…is the marketplace already oversaturated with professional wrestling? Is there room for another group or two to become profitable? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. It depends on if a network and financial backers are willing to invest in them. Too many wrestling programs could eventually lead to wrestling “jumping the shark” aka getting stale once again. I am a big supporter of having more companies for wrestlers to make a decent living…so to me…the more the merrier…if it can be doable. I am not completely sure that it is.
A Crockett Thanksgiving!
Hey Buddies…We hope your Thanksgiving was a good one…if you actually celebrated it.
Someone created a WWE Future releases Bingo Card.
They say things happen in 3’s. That happened this week when it was announced that AEW’s Tay Conti has been separated from her husband Jorge.
NWA’s Velvet Sky and Bully Ray
Lastly, Andrade unfollowed Charlotte Flair on Twitter. Not exactly an official split…but close enough I guess.
Vince Game 😉
Just Dusty and his Tab…and a Gucci purse apparently! lol
Batista Batista Bombing Drax
Dub-ya Cee Dub-Ya Wrasslin’
Rhonda Shear with Shawn Michaels…
Sable doing Sable things.
NXT’s ‘La Madrina’ Elektra Lopez
BFF’s Sonya and Mandy
That time when WWE had a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2001.
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