Originally Posted by Mighty NorCal
Im sure some pretentious moron with their head in the sand will go bananas on me for saying this, but it doesn't make it any less valid or true....
Uh, what exactly is so different about the current Indy system compared to the Territories? I mean, as far as anything WWE could help?
Are the Indies not smaller, regionalized, and sometimes syndicated markets? If someone has success over a period of time, he goes to another area, and works there some? if he continues to have success and get better, he goes to the final stages before the big leagues, ROH or TNA...Right? How exactly is it so much different?
The difference is only that of talent pool, money being made in those places, and the skill and knowledge of those doing the training and promoting. This, however, has nothing to do with the WWE...It has to do with the overall state of pro wrestling.
Besides, the entire reason guys showed up so much more seasoned and skilled in the territory years was because they worked under different promoters, and the territories had distinct styles and veterans, and people "added tools to their tool box" over the years, so to speak. If the WWE ran all of them, it defeats that whole purpose, because they will all be molded in the WWE "frat boy wrestling" ken-doll niche.
Just give it some time. They pick over the Indies / the other "medium 2" very well, and both of those places mold guys really well. If wrestling ever becomes popular enough again that local stations consider giving the local Indy program some syndication, then that is the closest you will ever see to the territories coming back.
The biggest problem is the money and stability. Most people don't start a risky business to be number #3 or #5.
The thing is ECW Worked and for a time it made money. If VKM knew what to do with something other then the WWE, ECW could have been a thriving territory in the Northeast under the WWE umbrella.
The biggest problem I have with the territories dying is certian forms of wrestling will likely die with it.
If you look back to the 1980's a fair amount of territories had their own style.
Vince could easily fund a Territory in Memphis and have Lawler run the promotion. Also think of the benefits a rookie would have if he did the following
6 months learning the basics in the FCW
4 months with Jim Cornette in SMW
4 months with Lawler in Memphis
4 months with the Hart/Storm in Calgary
6 months in ECW.
Before he entered the WWE.