Why the WWE Has Been and Will be the #1 Wrestling Organization

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WWE, The Big Leagues

In an industry that has given us organizations such as NWA/WCW, AWA, ECW, TNA, WCCW, and Ring of Honor, the WWE has survived for almost 50 years. Or better yet, after a half a century, it is thriving as the "Alpha" wrestling promotion. it is no coincidence that they are doing as well as they are. The ambition coupled with the business acumen of Vincent K. McMahon has helped the company devour its competition. Here the main reasons why the WWE will continue to stay on top as the #1 wrestling promotion in the world.

WWE uses today’s technology to connect with its millions of fans. Youtube and Hulu Plus give the AVID wrestling fan exciting options to feed their appetite for WWE action via the internet. WWEFanNation on Youtube brings you fresh, exclusive footage that goes beyond the wrestling ring. They have come up with the revolutionary idea of turning one of their flagship shows into “Social Media Smackdown” (SMS). Fan input will be broadcast all night.

Tout has elevated Monday Night Raw to interactive programming where fans can share their thoughts on 15 second clips. These drops are sprinkled throughout the show. The traditional option of television is just one medium to keep in touch with your favorite stars. WWE has gone beyond offering the standard weekly television shows.WWE offers various channels (WWE on Demand and WWE Classics) to give you the option to watch wrestling at any time. Buying the rights to its former rivals, gave them the power to present to you an unbelievable catalogue timeless matches and memories.

Youtube and WWEFanNation

They create new innovations that stand the test of time (Hell in A Cell, Elimination Chamber, Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank, Slammy Awards). The 30 man Battle Royal where participants come to the ring in 90 second increments has been a hit with wrestling audiences for over 20 years. They upped the ante by giving the winner the ultimate prize, a spot in Wrestlemania’s main event. Money in the bank gives the winner of the six man ladder match a contract to wrestle the Heavyweight Champion whenever he chooses. When I say whenever, this is exactly the case. Many carriers of the briefcase have cashed in their contract immediately after the champion has just concluded a brutal match. This has been an insurmountable advantage for the challenge. In fact, all Money in the Bank winners (except for one) have successfully cashed in their briefcase, culminating in a new champion. “Hell In A Cell” has become known as the most dangerous match in wrestling. It has shortened the careers of various wrestlers who have dared to enter the structure. Mr. McMahon was a genius for creating the “Slammys”. It started off as a combined advertisement/awards show for the singers on the WWE Piledriver album along with rewarding the managers and wrestlers of the year. Now it is a gala that all wrestlers want to be a part of.

The WWE Slammy's

They recognize untapped talent and gave them a chance to develop. They gave the ball to wrestlers such as Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, and Eddie Gurerro. Chris Jericho has gone on to win the Intercontinental Championship more times than anyone in history (nine), become the first undisputed Champion, among the long laundry lists of wrestling accomplishments. WCW never really took Mick Foley seriously. They only let his Cactus Jack character go so far. WWE allowed Foley to use his many talents (ie. Personality, mike skills, sense of humor, writer) which eventually made him one of the most popular superstars in wrestling history.

They sell and sell merchandise. Stone Cold, John Cena, The Rock, and CM Punk have populated the United States with numerous variations of their T Shirts. You will be hard pressed to walk around a big city and not see WWE T-Shirt on someone’s back. I remember while growing up, I had the WWE ring and action figures. Now 25 years later, they are still selling like hot cakes. Fans can buy replicas of the many versions of WWE Championship belts. I’m sure there are scores of fans who are waiting for the release of the new WWE Championship that is now held by The Rock.

They do an unbelievable amount of Community Service.The face of the WWE John Cena, has shown himself as one of the world’s most compassionate persons. It is mind-blowing to think that Cena has granted over 300 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.. No other celebrity has accomplished this feat. Through the WWE’s “ Be a Star” campaign, they have taken the problem of bullying head on. Over 25,000 people have taken the pledge against such actions. Within this last year, WWE has secured partnerships with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Working with the military has been a core ideal for the WWE. The National Guard has sponsored many events that the WWE has held. At any given time, you can find WWE superstars frequenting military bases and hospitals. ” Tribute to the Troops” is an annual event where the WWE goes overseas to perform an entire show for our veterans. Many wrestlers say this is the highlight of their year as they give the troops a chance to take their mind off of their jobs for two hours and enjoy their childhood passion. This is the way that the WWE says thank you to our troops.

Doink the Clown

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It’s more than just about wrestling. Many wrestling purists have gotten mad over what may be described as the “WWE Circus”. WWE is following the model that has worked for them over the years. Piper’s Pit has been replaced by “The Highlight Reel” and “Miz Television.” The long in-ring dialogues have helped turn Monday Night Raw in to what many call the male soap opera. The corny wrestling gimmicks (Doink the Clown, Repo Man, The Boogie Man, The Godfather) have captured the attention of leisure wrestling fans.

Giant Gonzalez

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The Repo Man

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Horrible Gimmicks

What was the worst WWE Gimmick ever?

  • Boogie Man
  • Repo Man
  • Doink the Clown
  • The Dentist: Isaac Yankem
  • Irwin R. Schyster (I.R.S.)
  • Tugboat
  • Giant Gonzales
  • Flash Funk
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They are steadily developing new talent. Undertaker, Kane, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, John Cena, Edge are all legends who developed into mega stars under Vince McMahon’s tutelage. Daniel Bryan, Shaemus, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, and Dolf Ziggler are new talent that comprise of WWE’s future. NXS (WWE Rookie show) gives newcomers the chance to work with seasoned veterans to sharpen their craft. Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Kaitlyn, Heath Slater, and Justin Gabriel have enjoyed the success of winning WWE championships. Others, such as Brodus Clay have become one of the company's most popular competitiors.

WWE NXT Rookie Contestants

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WWE develops personalities and encourages them to grow. WWE has their own movie company where they have produced a couple of monster hits along with many DVD classics. I’m sure their vision spawned from The Rock’s success on the silver screen. Many superstars have headlined films such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kane, Triple H, John Cena, and Ted Dibiase, Jr. Chris Jericho participated in Dancing with the Stars Season 12. He also tours with his rock band Fozzy.

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Iammattdoran 3 years ago from Manchester, UK

This is a good hub and clearly well thought out. I agree with all those reasons. For me, one of the biggest reasons that they'll remain #1 is that they created a brand of wrestling that they have finely tuned over the years and made it distinctly theirs. They did away with a lot aspects of traditional wrestling and of course coined the term sports entertainment. Now, they're so far ahead of the rest (even though they're nowhere near the level of circa 2000) that when people think wrestling they think WWE. So anyone who wants to compete will try to copy the WWE model and will fail looking like pretenders and poor imitators.


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mosaicman 3 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

Just as the WCW created their brand with the renegade organization ruling over the parent organization (NWO and WCW) and their interweaving of the cruiser weight division into their prime time show, WWE created something completely different from their competition. They are so far ahead of everyone else. They have survived scandals that were dug up (Hogan and others using illegal enhancement drugs). In order for TNA to come in the stratosphere they will have to hire a visionary along with shrewd business men. It is more than just the talent. You see that the talent will just move on afterwhile (ie Goldberg, Scott Steiner, etc). Matt, thanks for the comment.


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peachpurple 14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i remembered watching this since my school days, still playing again? I know the care take and hulk hogan, the rest, amen to them

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