It is undeniable at this point that professional wrestling is encountering major growth across all spectrums. This article will help explain some of it and point you in the right direction for how to keep up with all the great content that is being produced.
A recent article with Crave Online had pro wrestling superstar Cody Rhodes giving his explanation on the rise of pro wrestling. In it, he describes that it is mostly for 2 reasons: (1) the high level of talent seen throughout the world (most notable US, UK, and Japan), as well as (2) the greater accessibility to professional wrestling content made available by the internet. “It’s not difficult to find what you want. If you don’t like WWE, you can turn on New Japan World. If you like WWE, you have the WWE Network. If you want to watch ROH, you watch the PPV. It’s all there.”
WhatCulture has a great article that explains the 10 signs of why professional wrestling is entering a new golden age. We won’t provide the full list here, but it includes the ascent of NJPW, the resurgence of women’s wrestling, increased athletic standards overall, and the abundance of successful alternatives to WWE programming. Similarly to the point Cody Rhodes was making in the article mentioned earlier, there are so many options right now that it is easy to find, watch, and enjoy different types of professional wrestling.
Now we know that there are plenty of options for professional wrestling. What are the top 3 ways to keep up with it all?
1. WWE Network — WWE is still the standard bearer for professional wrestling. Anywhere you go in the world, people will know about Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or John Cena. The WWE Network provides countless hours of PPVs, old episodes, and newer original content; all for $9.99.
2. Monthly subscriptions to NJPW World/ROH/Progress — Each of these promotions provides a slightly different take on professional wrestling. The emphasis is more on in ring action and storytelling than the (sometimes off-putting) over the top entertainment that the WWE provides. If you want a wrestling fix, this is the way to go.
3. Netflix and other networks — Netflix not offers Lucha Underground, a fun alternative to all the above. The athletics displayed are impressive and gymnastics-like (thanks to the lucha style developed in Mexico) and the presentation and stories produced are different from other wrestling products on the market. Other networks include the Fite App and IRW which showcase smaller, independent companies.
The above 3 points are the main entry points to enjoying the booming market of professional wrestling.