What is wrong with the current state of pro wrestling

Asking what is wrong with the state of professional wrestling is a bit of a loaded question, because whether or not it’s wrong depends entirely on your point of view and where you look.

If you visit wrestling news sites, you are certain to run into an Avalanche (an Earthquake? A Shark?) of complaints about how WWE is terrible, and wrestling is dying. What will we ever do? This is one of those times we must listen to the wise words of Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” Such is the case with the state of Wrestling. For instance, if you’re a father that takes his kids to wrestling shows, you may not think there’s any issue at all. It’s a fun night out with the family. Sure, it’s a little long, but your kids sure love that Roman Reigns and that John Cena, even though some people at the show really, really seem to hate those guys for some reason.

Then, you have fans that just like the product as it is. Sure, there are flaws, they say, but there’s a lot of cool stuff too, like Becky Lynch!

Then, you have the other side of the coin. The haters, as it were. The product is boring and badly written, they say. Vince McMahon is an out-of-touch old coot that has lost touch with reality. Roman sucks. Cena sucks. Charlotte sucks. WWE sucks. Screw this product, but I’ll keep watching every week for “reasons”.

I get that it sucks. WWE has had a monopoly on large-market wrestling for decades, and companies with monopolies grow complacent.

This may come as a shock to some, but there is wrestling in the world other than WWE. If you have been hate-watching that product for years and are looking for some sort of alternative, there’s an aspect of Pro Wrestling that has actually never been stronger: The Independent Scene.

I know a lot of WWE fans will consider “Independent” a dirty word, so let us replace it with something else: The alternatives. In every area of the world, talented new wrestlers are coming out of the woodwork and showcasing their wares in any myriad of local promotions. This is particularly true in England, where wrestling is enjoying an Attitude-Era level of resurgence.

Do your research. If you miss the sport of wrestling there is certainly something out there for you. If you like match quality and hard-hitting wrestling, I highly recommend tracking down matches from New Japan Pro Wrestling between 2013 and now. The level of wrestling in NJPW during this time is, in my humble opinion, the greatest wrestling I’ve ever seen.

There are other options, of course. Ring of Honor and Impact still exist. Family-friendly fare like Chikara. Lucha Underground on Netflix. Great independents like Evolve, Progress, Guerilla Pro, Rev Pro, the list goes on and on.

In conclusion, the current state of wrestling is only as problematic as you allow it to be for yourself. If you don’t like what’s going on in the big leagues, something else may suit your taste. Of course, a new challenger has appeared in the form of AEW. Will we finally have something that can break the WWE monopoly and improve wrestling for everyone? We shall see.