Something that's very weird, is that pro-wrestling seems to be in a different state than ever before. We have independent wrestler's making six figures, breaking into pop culture like Omega, The Bucks and Scurll whilst WWE struggles with low gates, and low ratings. Interest in WWE is at an all-time high while Puro (mostly NJPW) and indie wrestling is at an all-time high. What is with this shift? And with all this boost in business, how come a wrestling company hasn't made it big in the US? I think it's a fad. A subculture, like a new punk rock. People are buying the merch and watching the shows mostly to keep up with a cool and underground trend but this meager base isn't enough for companies like ROH to really take advantage in the long run. They're not getting bigger deals, and more exposure into the mainstream because the fans are more interested in the characters than the brand. People are watching ROH for Rhodes, not ROH. This is kind of a two-way deal. Sometimes it works, but only when the promotion already has the eye of media. When a promotion already has a strong base, the extra viewership helped with numbers and stabilized business like Austin in the WWE. However, when a promotion that doesn't have the biggest base gets new eyes for a few characters, the crowd will leave as soon as the act leaves. Unlike WWE, which retained a large portion of it's new fan-base after Austin left in 2002, ROH likely won't be able to keep their new "fan-base" if Rhodes leaves. That's just my take on this pseudo-boom in the lower tiers of wrestling. Thoughts?