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It's generally acknowledged that WWE was at it's best when it had real competition. Say, in the form of a big name pro-wrestling show on a massive TV network backed by a billionaire.

AEW have said they're going to treat their product as if it were a sport.

We have incredibly talented wrestlers coming out of the ears of the big fed.

So, as the thread title says: Are we about to enter a new golden era of pro-wrestling?
 

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I think independent wrestling is growing, something that hasn't really been seen, ever. On that note, it's important to note that more and more people are watching ROH, NJPW and PWG. It feels like we are but since the product is so bad, almost across the board, it's hard to say so.
 

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AEW have just announced deals with two major TV stations, one in the US and one in the UK (although the UK one still doesn't have all details known, if their weekly show is on an ITV channel it will be free to air).

Impact is said to be the best it's been since what's considered to be their top years of around 2005. - are on a free to air station in the UK (that also has a catch-up service) and (according to Konnan) are being courted by "better" stations in the US.

MLW is on the way up (I've seen nothing but good comments from people that watch that) - and are on a free to air station in the UK.

The NWA is slowly rebuilding (albeit as just a brand rather than a promotion at the moment) but are becoming a known (and respected) name again.

BOSJ is currently proving that New Japan is still awesome, and the upcoming G1 will (I've no doubt) cement that further.

There's also the talent integration (can't think of a better word) with several of these feds, and the potential of a proper New Japan partnership with AEW in the future (Okada, Ibushi and Suzuki, as themselves, on regular US TV anyone? - Tell me you wouldn't lose your shit if Okadas music hit on Raw... Cause AEW may be providing that experience in the not too distant future)

And then there's (current) WWE.

As a promotion they're losing viewers at an alarming rate, a number of their performers are clearly unhappy (including to the point of requesting their release) and Triple H is said to be the most frustrated of them all backstage and can be seen openly consoling performers when their plans are changed at the last minute.

They have been posting less content to Youtube in an effort to bring more people back to TV and A number of news stories are doing the rounds right now that they'll be moving from SKY tv in the UK to BT Sports (similarly priced offering as SKY sports except with less content and viewers) - this is a big deal because they've only ever been on SKY in the UK and have been with them for about 30 years.

Business is about making money but there must surely be a tipping point where declining viewership affects the money WWE can actually make? Which in turn affects the way the company is run - presumably forcing Vince to step down and moving HHH up to have a pop at weaving his NXT magic on WWEs main shows

Potentially we could be on the cusp of a multi-promotion pro-wrestling boom the likes of which we haven't experienced since the Monday Night Wars era (including ECW in there)....