Top 5 Successful Promotions Other than WWE
Top 5 Wrestling Promotions Outside WWE: WWE has been on the pinnacle of the wrestling industry for decades now. Founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952, WWE emerged as the leader in the wrestling entertainment world and cemented its status as the top wrestling promotion. It also went to defeat WCW in those famous Monday Night Wars to establish them as the best. However, WWE is not the only successful wrestling promotion at the moment. There are many other promotions that offer a different product for fans and wrestlers alike.
Here is the list of 5 wrestling promotions which fans love to watch and follow:
AEW – All Elite Wrestling:
AEW commenced in January 2019 when Tony Khan introduced the new pro-wrestling promotion to the world. AEW successfully managed to create a big-time feel with the acquisition of former WWE stars and independent talent to begin on a high note. Within the months of its introduction, AEW has created its own fanbase and established itself as a major pro-wrestling player after WWE.
Currently, AEW has a roster full of superstars such as Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes. With its hybrid product of an in-ring focus mixed with standout gimmicks, AEW has managed to create a healthy fanbase for itself.
ROH – Ring of Honor:
ROH was founded by Rob Feinstein in 2002 and it is a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. ROH has been a breeding ground for the upcoming talent as many current WWE superstars including Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, and Daniel Bryan are ROH alumni.
Ring of Honor has boasted not only an incredible talent but also provide a phenomenal product in terms of the quality of the matches. They have consistently managed to put up-and-coming wrestlers on the pro-wrestling map. The promotion has showcased the talents of many indie darlings who have gone on to have decorated careers later.
NJPW- New Japan Pro Wrestling:
NJPW – founded in 1972 by WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki is the second-largest wrestling promotion in the world. Just like Ring Of Honor, numerous pro-wrestling superstars including several WWE stars have signed deals of varying degrees with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Two of the most famous names in WWE who have worked with the NJPW are Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura.
What sets NJPW apart from its contemporaries is its style. The style is characterized by legitimate submission holds and martial arts strikes. NPJW showcases the “strong style” version of Japanese wrestling and it is widely regarded by many pro-wrestling fans as the best promotion in the pro-wrestling space.
A wrestling promotion that presents wrestling in a serial drama hybrid provides an alternative to the wrestling fans who are done with the regular pro-wrestling product. The wrestling in Lucha Libre style of sets Lucha Underground further apart from the competitors.
Such is the format of Lucha Underground that it functions as an alternative for wrestling fans rather than a competition to WWE or other pro-wrestling promotions. It is broadcasted more like a television show in which each installment is an episode further categorized into seasons.
TNA – Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling:
TNA began with a bang by signing huge names like Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Eric Bischoff whilst also possessing the talents of the veteran superstar Sting. However, the failed to live-up with the expectations ever since. They’ve dug their own grave on many different occasions now and they legit seemed to be on the verge of extinction sometime earlier. But with new owners purchasing the company it has been saved at least for now. TNA now is attempting to re-brand themselves to make them relevant in the pro-wrestling world once again and it’s going to be an interesting journey to watch out for from here on.