Post by Christian Small on Nov 27, 2016 14:23:00 GMT -5
I adore everything that Progress and ICW do, more so Progress. Those crowds are incredible, they can put on some blow away matches and have thoughtful stories to tell. I think just the British scene in general makes me happy, must be the British pride I have!
Tellingly the stuff I really enjoy is from companies who have a self-sustaining subscription/DVD model and who are not reliant on ad revenue (PWG, Progress etc). I am particularly enjoying watching the British guys breaking through internationally but like Christian Small I am bias
Also enjoy most of New Japan. I have hit on a formula (borrowed from John's coverage of the G1) of skipping the multi-man tags, unless the Young Bucks or Ospreay are involved, this makes sub-4 hour shows a lot more manageable! I kind of wish WWE were more explicit in the way they structured their cards i.e here's a tag match with some guys, if you like them then watch, if not you're not missing anything crucial. It would make the self-editing currently required to watch their product (more on that below) easier to work out.
I find I am less inclined to watch ROH as I get to see most of the guys worth watching in NJPW/PWG anyway i.e. Lethal, Cole, Castle etc.
WWE at the moment are like the proverbial little girl - when it's good it's very good, but when it's bad - sheesh. Although to be fair, it's more 'meh' than outright bad. They've clearly gotten themselves into a rut due to their need for quantity, at the expense of quality. It's a bit of a vicious cycle - to make enough ad revenue they need a 3-hour Raw, to fill that time they need filler, because of that they are losing viewers and therefore ad revenue. Similarly with the network, in order to justify it they need to constantly create new content, however due to this the quality is low and therefore in of itself is not drawing in new subscribers, therefore they resort to giving away premium content for free to newbies in the hope they can't be bothered to unsubscribe.
I really do think that they would be better off cutting the TV cord and just having everything on the network, accepting that there will never be another mainstream era like the late 90s but that they will always have a dedicated niche audience. Maybe still have highlight shows on TV to draw in casual/new viewers to the network.
But that's just more negativity! To make it a positive/negative/positive sandwich, as I said there is some very good stuff coming from the 'E, most of it already called out on this thread so won't repeat. But in general actual work-rate is the highest it has ever been, just needs to be framed better .
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2016 9:04:34 GMT -5 by kalgoroth