The Business Behind Pro Wrestling
February 10, 2007 by Baraa Elhariry

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Before I begin, I thank the people who took the time to read my first article and comment on it and give me feedback on what needs to be done in my future articles. I expect the same response from this article and every other article that I will write. The topic of this column is the business behind pro-wrestling.

How many times have you heard yourself say, after watching an episode of Monday Night RAW or Friday Night Smackdown! or ECW, "What the (bleep) am I watching?" I have also done this many a time. That is, before I realized that the WWE is an enormous company. In addition, as the years roll by, Vince McMahon needs to adjust the style of the company to suit the newcomers like me and to give his employees an actual salary. Who do I mean by employees? I mean the security guards and the medics and the wrestlers. And how about the guys who work in a cubicle from 7 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon?

I am a young fan (in fact, just barely old enough to register on this website). I have heard people talk about the glory days of wrestling and how today it is bland, and is not as satisfying as the days of Ric Flair or Randy Savage or Ricky Steamboat. Nowadays, John Cena is the flagship of the WWE and he is looked upon as an entertainer and not a wrestler with skills. Well, how about business? If you have noticed this, the biggest fans of people like Cena or Batista are the little kids. They are the 7-year olds who wear chains and the hats and own a spinner belt. If you see the joy in the eyes of that little boy when Cena;s music starts playing, trust me, you will be reduced to tears.

How else could Vince McMahon keep the WWE running? Just like in the tobacco industry, if you get the little ones hooked, you got them for the rest of their lives. Therefore, that makes you the old-school fan upset. Who cares? I bet that old fans of pro wrestling in your age would have scoffed at the likes of Randy Savage or Hulk Hogan. On the other hand, how about young girls? Most girls that I know of think of wrestling as two dinosaurs wearing tights beating each other up. Bring in a handsome guy like Cena and voila! They start buying all your merchandise and go to see the Marine and start hanging photos of him in their bedrooms. They fall in love with pro wrestling and tune in to watch every single show.

I cannot go on with this article without making an analogy to something else I am obsessed Being from the New York area, I have always loved the New York Yankees. Nevertheless, I hate the Boss. The Boss (he is THE BOSS) is known as George Steinbrenner. This person has been torturing fans for years. He brings Alex Rodriguez into the lineup, throws a huge promotion about how this guy is going to win us five World Series. Here he is in his third year and he has done nothing. But think about this for a minute. I am the owner of one of the most successful professional sports teams in baseball. Am I going to hire an underrated future prospect like David Wright (before the Mets),or am I going to bring the overrated, hall of fame slugger who is going to draw more fans than a free food sign on 42nd street?

Also, let us remember, if Vince McMahon would have tried to please everyone he would have pleased NO ONE! You cannot make all the people happy. That is why we have Chris Benoit or Finley or William Regal. To save us, from the dumb models in bikinis and John Cena's horrible wrestling skills and Batista doing the same moves over and over and over again. Sure, they do not receive the biggest push in the world, but it is better than nothing.

Basically, what I am trying to say is that wrestling is a business. So you Khali is an oversized giant whose signature move is a chop to the head? So you think that Kelly Kelly is just a dumb model who looks like she came from the Playboy Mansion? So you think that the Miz is the worst thing to ever happen to pro wrestling? Money, people it is all about the dough. Having guys like Chris Benoit and Booker T isn't going to make you the best promotion in the world, nor is it ever going to bring you the money to provide for your family if you are a small time employee. So do us a favor and let the new generation experience the awe and amazement that you once did when you were little. Thank you and I am looking forward to your feedback.

by Baraael Hariry (View/Submit your feedback here)..

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