Matty_the_Emo_Slayer wrote:Still haven't got round to watching Battleground and RAW yet, about a month behind on TNA and can't get a decent link for the last ROH PPV anywhere. I am about halfway through the first day of this year's PWG Battle Of Los Angeles though and have PWG Ten to watch as well. Currently downloading CZW Down With The Sickness and the Wrestle-1 debut as well.
For anyone who doesn't know Wrestle-1 is Keiji Mutoh's breakaway promotion from All Japan Pro Wrestling with about half of their roster and it has really shaken up the wrestling landscape in Japan and I think internationally too. Compared to the Pro Wrestling NOAH exodus in 2000 technically they're in a better position as they still have lots of great talent Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki, Atsushi Aoki and GET WILD! compared to the last schism where they were left with literally 2 guys and only survived because of a 2 year crossover storyline with New Japan and then Keiji Mutoh's defection to rebuild the company. This time though I think it might be the end for All Japan.
I can't see NJPW throwing them a lifeline this time- if they're smart they'll actually try to work more with Wrestle-1 instead. Mutoh has already been meeting with Jeff Jarrett about working with TNA and AAA in Mexico who they are partnered with and is talking about creating a "true" world championship. NJPW have already started modernising and trying to expand internationally by making their PPVs available in the states, so if they could bring that and their partners in Mexico CMLL to the table it could be huge. A link-up of the next 5 biggest promotions in the world after WWE probably still wouldn't be able to compete with Vince financially- from what I've read AJPW was only worth $2 million when Mutoh sold it last year, but if they start doing shows on 2 continents and in 3 languages and get a decent TV deal in America it could make a pretty decent alternative place to go for guys not given a fair chance in WWE.
Plus, Ric Flair has burnt his bridges with WWE but not with Mutoh so he could become the American spokesman for them. Meanwhile I reckon what is left of AJPW will have to downscale and probably start working very closely with Pro Wrestling NOAH to keep the very traditional style of puroresu alive whilst Wrestle-1 and NJPW take it into the future.
Firstly save yourself about a day of your life and don't bother with the last month of TNA nor Battleground.
The thought of a genuine cross promotion World Title would be excellent although would require each promotion to have a strong singles title in their own right.
TNA seems like it's imploding on itself with Mickie James, Hogan and Anderson already leaving and suggestions that Styles and Sting may not re sign long term coupled with their own admission that taking the show on the road has severely hampered them financially.
An amalgamation with ROH taking over the Spyke TV deal and using their AAA link up on a more talent sharing, inter promotional basis could do wonders to create a genuine alternative for western audiences.
A North American title with the new interpromotional World title defended between the 3 Western promotions and the 2 from Japan could be fantastic.
Got to think egos would get in the way and prevent it from happening though.