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Old 19 Jun 2010, 11:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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As a fan of about everything, I'll tell you a few reasons why the independents will never get over.































1. Accessibility: Outside of ROH, no independent really has a nationally broadcast TV show, and even then, ROH is limited to HD Net. You also have to consider most of the independents that are majorly over in the US are concentrated in the same area and really don't tour outside of their territories. Heck, TNA just started leaving Florida for PPV's and house shows a few years ago. Also with very big promotions like AAA or Dragon Gate, you have the language barrier that may turn some people off, even though AAA's production quality is only second to the WWE. Considering all of this locational red tape and trouble of playing roulette buying DVD's online, along with the devaluation of such national tride and true brands of the past like NWA that ensured quality back in the day, it's hard for some to tell what's out there that will appeal to them, and therefore they wont take the chance of spending money on a tape of wrestlers they know nothing about in angles they're slap dab in the middle of, potentially in a language they don't understand. Trust me, not every indy out there with DVD sales is quality either. Unless you do the research necessary to know what is good, what will appeal to you, and what PPV is worth buying, you'll find yourself quite lost in the indy jungle. That's why people are more succeptable to being spoonfed the E Kool Aid, because it's there.































2. Brand Loyalty: It's hilarious to see fans turn on talents when they go from one brand to another. Some diehards, right? People see the WWE as being superior in name value, face recognition, familiarity, longevity, and quality of production (you'd be surprised how many fans in the 90's were turned off by early WCW's bad lighting) so it's a hard transition to make from larger than life ring entrances in a sold out arena via camera angles and filters that put the NFL to shame to poorly lit armory shows with an entrance ramp consisting of a frame, curtain, and if you're lucky, fog machine. That screams low rent to a lot of fans, because they're used to THEIR product's look and THEIR big names and THEIR world champions. It's almost a xenophobic/nationalist reaction to have that's only common elsewhere in politics and religion. No other sport really has that. Sure there are rival teams in every sport, but outside of ACC/NBA purists in the 90's, I've never seen this in any other sport.































3. Name Value: If you don't know who you're watching, whether you hate them or not, or why you should care about them, it takes a lot out of a match. It's why Hulk Hogan's name will always out draw Austin Aries, or why Chris Benoit will always be considered the technical superior to Johnny Saint. If people don't know you, you must not be important. This is the mentality most people have towards wrestling































4. Looks: These all tie in together fairly well, but few people would look at let's say Shawn Michaels in his flashy getup or the Undertaker in his stoic morbid flashy outfit and then look at the smaller KENTA in his two-toned trunks and basic ring wear and say KENTA looks more interesting. It's a big obstacle to overcome, especially for independents who are more about technical savvy and not about body building or flashy tassels.































I hope I've given you some insight. I wish more people would give the indy's a chance. I think they'd find a lot of what they're missing in the WWE product if they did
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