Jarrett tried that with GFW. It was virtually that same process, but the issue is, that it's hard to get a promotion or brand exposed with a decentralized marketing strategy. The NWA got so big in the late 80s, because they would have a large flag-ship. NWA just can't find a promotion that is willing to give up a piece of its history for a name that is associated with a dying brand.Was thinking that it could reform so to speak with a number of independent promotions across the US without ties to WWE. Allow for the trading of talent. Make it so they can keep their current talent a little longer without the WWE stepping in and buying it out from under the promotion. Not really the old territorial format of before but close to it.
If the territories would have tried working together back then instead of trying to cut each other off at the knees then Vince would not have been able to steal away all the talent and kill off the territorial system. I can still remember when it started and the WWF shows in Memphis drew less than a 1,000 people at the Memphis Convention Center. No where near the weekly 10,000-12,000 the local promotion drew at the Mid South Coliseum.
Sadly today the local Memphis promotion is lucky to draw 1,500 at a converted bakery. At one time the local over the air TV station actually PAID the local promotion to have the live weekly TV wrestling on. Today all we have is taped and edited shows from the converted bakery on a secondary digital channel. Once was the highest rated show on local TV now only a few can actually find it to view it and it requires turning off cable and/or satellite and using rabbit ears.
The only local wrestling program we have on a major local TV station now7 is the King of Ego, Lawler's weekly show where he has a guest on and they review his many tapes of his matches while he promotes his BBQ joint and his club on Beale Street..
Problem was that the GWF did not have the history behind it to offer the indies anything. The NWA has 70 years of history to fall back on and in some way has ammo to use against the WWE. As they could keep the WWE from having access to a lot of the things on the WWE site today. A lot of the history and matches they have from WCW is actually from pre WCW days when the Crocket promotion was still part of the NWA. WWE is currently taking credit for history that does not belong to them.Jarrett tried that with GFW. It was virtually that same process, but the issue is, that it's hard to get a promotion or brand exposed with a decentralized marketing strategy. The NWA got so big in the late 80s, because they would have a large flag-ship. NWA just can't find a promotion that is willing to give up a piece of its history for a name that is associated with a dying brand.