As COVID-19 takes over the world, causing disruption to peoples every day lives and changing the world we live in, the Pro Wrestling business continues to produce content on weekly basis.
WWE have been producing both ‘RAW’ and ‘SmackDown Live’ behind closed doors from there Performance Center, in Florida, whilst AEW is following in there footsteps with there weekly ‘Dynamite’ show on TNT (however they had heels and faces watching the action, as opposed to having no one at all, which we personally thought was a great idea).
With this years ‘Wrestlemania’ event currently up in the air and the possibility (in WWE’s case) that even there PC shows being shutdown as well as AEW promoting there TNT shows as the ‘Next Dynamite’, instead of ‘Next Week’, begs the question that with no fans in attendance, for TV and PPV events or any scheduled live house shows, is it worth the business following the likes of the NBA, NFL and Premier League and go on a hiatus until further notice?
Ring of Honor announced they were not going to do any shows until May 31st and Major League Wrestling have postponed all events for 45 days so why won’t WWE and AEW do the same?
Well for AEW they haven’t really been around long enough to just stop doing shows so there decision to keep going makes sense but with no ticket buyers for ‘Dynamite’, and scheduled PPV’s, what’s really the point? Closing the company for a few months would save them money whilst still bringing income in from merchandise sales in the meantime. Also, under the circumstances, we’re pretty sure TNT would be pretty understanding considering the NBA also airs on that network.
As for WWE they have a HUGE video tape library that they air on the WWE Network. By shutting down there current operations they could focus more time into getting subscribers to the network where fans can be entertained by hours, upon hours, of content ranging from classic WWF, WCW, NWA, ECW, AWA and much, much, more. They could even start airing specials (or even air classic footage) on the USA Network and FOX to keep in line with there current deals.
We are no experts here at R.A.W Media but we do believe the industry, like the world in general, could do with a time out.
With flagging TV ratings and, at times, a mediocre product (mostly from WWE to be honest) the break could give companies an opportunity to look at it’s flaws and return stronger than ever!!!
More creativity, more pushing the right talent, focusing more on what fans want, instead of what the guys in suits believe we want, would take the industry to new heights never seen before.
COVID-19 has changed everything…FACT but this is the chance for everyone from all backgrounds, industries, and so on, to better themselves!!!
A break is needed and will do the business the world of good! So WWE and AEW do us a favour utilise what you have to weather the current troubles and work on something new, fresh and amazing to present to a clearer world!!!
Note: At the time of writing this it had been confirmed that, Japanese promotion, DDT had done a show in front of a live audience. The audience had temperature checks and were provided with free masks before entry in the arena. Many other Japanese promotions are due to follow suit this month which is a good sign things are getting back to normal in some countries – Japanese Pro Wrestling Audiences Return