We are midway through 2012 and not much has changed in wrestling over the last five years. WWE is still headlined by Cena, TNA has been stuck in a rut (last few weeks aside), and ROH is still a fringe player that puts out a great product. Never has there been a better breeding ground for opportunity to rise up.
Not so long ago, the wrestling industry was moving along at a snail’s pace. 1993 was the heyday for great gimmicks like Mabel, Shockmaster, Doink (the nice clown not Matt Bourne’s version), PN News, Papa Shango and many more. On top of the absurdity, the wrestling left a lot to be desired. Sure, there were good workers and good matches. But compared to the mid 80s, the early 90s lacked edginess and compelling storylines.
The middle of 1993 is when a young Paul Heyman had enough vision to see an opportunity to revolutionize the business. Maybe he was too young to know better. Maybe no one told him it wasn’t his responsibility to challenge the stagnant incumbents. One thing is for sure. He didn’t care what anyone thought and set out to prove an industry wrong.
Needless to say, all of us know that ECW went on to influence this business in ways that still reflect in the current product. Much to the dismay of any wrestling fans, ECW went bankrupt in 2001 due in most part to Paul Heyman’s poor financial skills. However, if ECW had come into existence a few years ago, I am confident it would be thriving. ECW was ahead of its time and, unfortunately, ahead of the technology revolution. While the 2001 technology bubble played a part in ECW’s demise, today it would have been the reason for their success.
Here are the top 5 reasons ECW would be thriving today:
The future of wrestling looks to have a big void for a compelling wrestling company to use the above to re-write the course of wrestling again. While history can’t be re-written for ECW, it sure seems ripe to be repeated.
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