For a very long time, the wrestling online smarks have turned their noses up at any wrestlers who performed at indy shows. “You’re only an indy wrestler” has always meant to be an insult. Times may be changing, though.
Remember watching “Beyond The Mat”? Remember how crappy the crowds were for those indy shows in tiny dives across the United States? Well…those still happen but it doesn’t quite paint the same picture anymore of what all indy crowds are looking like in 2015.
There seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of professional wrestling. Whether it’s a trickle-down effect because of WWE’s popularity or because there is a fan base desperate for anything non-WWE is up for debate.
Sure…you have the rabid fan bases of Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Ring of Honor. Those promotions have cult followings and are doing very well. They aren’t, however, the exception to the norm anymore.
If you follow wrestlers online, a lot of them are posting photos of big crowds at indy events. It’s really quite something to see. In the early 2000’s, you’d be lucky to get a couple hundred fans to your event. Now, I’m seeing pics of indy shows drawing sell-out houses ranging from 500 to well over 1,000. THAT, my friends, tells me that professional wrestling is alive and well in the day and age of sports entertainment.
It’s exciting to see independent promotions all over doing crowds that haven’t been seen on the indy circuit since the Attitude Era.
Do you have a photo of a local promotion that had a great house? Send it to me! I’d love to give the promotion some love and props for doing so well.