I really got into wrestling when I was a kid, I grew up during the era of WWF vs WCW, Monday Night Raw Vs Monday Nitro. If you weren’t into wrestling during the late 90’s, you missed on hell of a ride!
It was the “Golden Era” of Wrestling, you never knew who would go from one company to the other or what they had up their sleeves and that made it so special.
I remember when Scott Hall walked onto Monday Nitro through the crowd acting like Razor Ramon (having made his last appearance in WWF on May 19, 1996 and showing up in WCW on May 27th, 1996), they made it appear as though WWF was coming in to take over WCW, and this was the start of the nWo, “The New World Order of Professional Wrestling”. During an era of WWF when cartoon like characters were “top”, WCW had guys using their real names and they were using cutting edge story lines. Th battle for number 1 went on for 5 years, from September 4, 1995 until Vince McMahon and the WWF bought WCW on March 26, 2001. That was the night Pro Wrestling changed forever.
WWF (Later changed to WWE) has been the only major Pro Wrestling Promotion/Company that has main stream TV exposure, and boy did they take that for granted! Story lines became lax and things really got hard to watch, but because they are the best (and only one) at what they do, it’s hard not to watch.
But, in 2002 TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling was founded, they were a small regional promotion for a long time, they held weekly Pay Per Views (111 in 27 months). It took them 4 years to get on TV break and they started airing TNA iMPACT on Fox Sports Net. WWE Finally had some kind of competition! Except that TNA was an unknown promotion.
TNA has done just about everything to get attention, they brought in several former WWE wrestlers, Hulk Hogan, Ken Anderson, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley(who returned to WWE). But the reason TNA hasn’t made a big splash in the water is the quality of their programming. Sadly, it’s sub-par at best.
WWE has long been the only Wrestling company on TV, and because of that TNA will need to up their game vastly in order to really become a threat to WWE.
WWE absolutely needs some kind of big player competition so they can be more successful, when you are the only one doing what you do, you can do anything you want and get away with it. This includes making bad TV. If it’s not TNA that comes to the challenge, there needs to be another company that will.