The Midcard’s 15 Minutes: World Indie Wrestling Entertainment
The WWE is rumored to be continuing its high jacking of the top talent across the independent wrestling world with names such as Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly expected to sign with the WWE and report to NXT much sooner than later. Chris Hero returned as Kassius Ohno last week and the still new born Cruiserweight division’s signings include Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Jack Gallagher and Tony Nese. Vince McMahon and company are smart businessmen, the WWE wouldn’t be where it is today without that being true. Triple H and William Regal hear, read and see all of the success that not only the independent wrestlers have but the promotions and clothing companies that work with them have and the WWE wants all the money; and the glory too. Does the WWE really have plans for all the talent they’re signing or is this a hostile takeover to monopolize the wrestling business?
Could you image a Raw or Smackdown show without names like Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose or Cesaro? Would there still be an NXT brand without Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Roderick Strong or Bobby Roode? It’s a scary thought to dive deep into. Take my word for it, I haven’t sleep in days. Would the WWE even be where they are now if CM Punk or Daniel Bryan never left Ring of Honor? One could argue the WWE fell into this new world of successfully changing their landscape by mistake, or you could say this was their long term plan all along. Either way this new landscape is/was and will be a landmark in time for professional wrestling. It’s 2017, only Triple H and The Undertaker are lacing up their boots one day a year. Brock Lesnar, Big Show, Randy Orton, Kane and John Cena are closing in on their last legs as far as wrestling is concerned. The proof is in the pudding.
Each week on Raw, Smackdown and NXT, guys and gals that used to put their bodies on the line in front of 10-500 people a night are now dominating the WWE roster and storylines. With each new signing it continues to appear that new trend will not be stopping any time soon. Nakamura, Samoa Joe and The Revival all should make their presence felt on main roster programming. This will open up more, new possibilities for NXT, Raw and Smackdown booking; the possibilities are becoming endless.
Kyle O’Riley and the now, current, three time Ring of Honor Champion, Adam Cole are the newest rumored guys headed to Florida. Cole, dumbed down to save space on our site is a super child between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler. He can wrestle with the best of them and is, easily one of the best heels in the world. O’Reilly, who just dropped the ROH title to Cole at Wrestle Kingdom 11 is the working man’s Daniel Bryan. Once he gets a handle on cutting promos weekly the WWE will have struck gold with ‘another 5’10 guy’. So what does another top indie signing mean for the WWE in the long run? Do Triple H and Vince really believe all the guys they are signing could be WWE Champion and help elevate their product? Or are they just tired of seeing other promoters make not only a splash but some money too?
Right now, once O’Reilly and Cole sign their contracts, who’s next? Who is going to step away from making money on their own time doing it their own way? In wrestling fans minds it’s The Elite members, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. The Bucks have signed another two year exclusive deal with ROH, NJPW and my hometown hero promotion, PWG. Both Matt and Nick grew up watching the WWE but both make a lot of money doing it there way, on their own time. Just like his buddies, Kenny has made a big name for himself doing it his way. Omega was WWE property many moons ago, he was told to go make a name for himself and to come back when he did so. Now he has an open invitation to return whenever he is ready. Will the hottest, coolest faction ever come to the WWE or will they just keep taking our money one small venue at a time. Does the WWE really want The Bucks and Omega on their shows or do they just want all the money?
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