Last week, reports about AEW signing, or being close to signing, CM Punk and Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) was the most talked about subject related to wrestling on social media.
Punk and Danielson are two of the biggest free agents in wrestling and their addition to AEW helps the promotion a lot. The world of pro wrestling has been changing since the All In show happened, and the formation of AEW.
The last remaining free agent in pro wrestling is Brock Lesnar. AEW getting him would be a big blow to WWE and a warning call to them, but it’s very unlikely to happen as of writing this article. Brock Lesnar would most likely re-sign with WWE and Vince is just waiting for the right moment to bring him back.
WWE no longer has a monopoly over the wrestling industry, but they are still the strongest promotion the industry has. Could this change? As of this moment, no. The gap between WWE and their closest competitors (NJPW & AEW) is too wide. Promotions having a united front (AEW, NJPW, NWA, AAA, and others) has been every interesting to follow during this pandemic. Once the world opens again, these relationships are going to get even stronger, and more talent exchanges will happen.
The indie scene is currently on a transition period and looking for new young stars to rise after all the big promotions have sign a lot of talent these last few years. Watching independent wrestling is as easy as ever and lots of wrestlers are taking advantage of social media to promote themselves.
Wrestling internationally is growing too. Joshi promotions like TJPW and STARDOM are gaining attention from western fans. The best women’s wrestling in the world is taking place in Japan. Promotions like DDT, NOAH and TJPW working together has seen major success and are now challenging NJPW’s dominion of pro wrestling in Japan.
Pro wrestling in Europe remains a major unknown. NXT UK and Speaking Out are major things that changed the scene and we haven’t seen the ramifications of Speaking Out on European wrestling yet. Territories like Spain were fully shutdown because of COVID and the growth will be slow.
The growth AEW has seen since its formation has been incredible, and has surpassed expectations. AEW’s numbers are slowly getting close to those of WWE in terms of ratings and viewership. Wrestling outside of WWE is growing and it seems the large gap is closing. The world of pro wrestling is changing and for the better. Young stars are developing and becoming major players pretty soon.
There are many positives changes finally happening in an industry dominated by one promotion for more than 20 years. It’s an exciting time too be a wrestling fan, that’s for sure.