Originally Posted by rjturtle9
Wrestling is probably even more popular now than in the 90s.
I gotta agree with Sanitarium on his comments about this. If you're talking about the mid-1990's then yes, wrestling is bigger now. But wrestling was beyond huge in the late-1990's. It was actually "cool". Ratings were huge, I think ECW got 2.0's, and WCW at its worst averaged better than Raw does today.
Strange thing about the late-1990s. Everyone looks back on it so fondly but the actual in-ring product was terrible IMO. There were PPV main events that were really good but the undercards were full of a lot of crap. The storylines and characters were better but a lot of the wrestling was secondary and rushed. There was a lot going on but the average match on Raw was less than five minutes. Not too far off from today, I guess.
Originally Posted by Sanitarium78
Man, after getting rid of Vince Russo and having a great 2012 I thought TNA was finally on the right track and got their heads out of their asses. This shit with bringing in Ortiz makes no sense. Him and Rampage Jackson are gonna have a fight in Belator soon and they're using TNA to promote it. This does nothing for TNA as an organization, nor does it help to expand their brand or help the TV product. The reason Ortiz got a nothing reaction is because there was no hype for this beyond some videos that were airing on TNA's web last week leading up to the show. Nobody knew who it was and most people were expecting a new wrestler to debut. That's even if they knew about these videos to begin with since they were never shown on TV before. But Tito Ortiz? Who the fuck cares? This isn't ten years ago when he was one of the most popular guys and a force to be reckoned with in the UFC.
It's sad that not only do they use so many of the WWE's cast-offs but now UFC's as well.
The big rumors were it was Bob Holly or Low Ki. Either would've been better but gotten pretty bad reactions too. Bob Holly would've just gotten some eye rolls, and a lot of people would have had no idea who Low Ki is. But people seem downright mad about Tito Ortiz.
It's incredible how much TNA has fallen apart in the last three weeks. I don't feel bad for the managers and fools backstage but I feel bad for guys like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Chris Sabin and Abyss who will never make it to the WWE.