Whenever professional wrestling fans discuss the industry landscape today, there’s a term we often see thrown around when it comes to WWE and the emergence of a viable alternative in AEW: “We can enjoy both.”
Even AEW’s own boss has said “I also don’t think it needs to be a hostile thing where you can’t support both companies, because I never want it to be something where a fan feels like they should only support one or the other.”
But in actual reality, it’s just not as simple as that — and to suggest it is would mean that there…
The superb documentary series Dark Side of the Ring recently covered the Collision in Korea — an historic collaboration between New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) that brought Japanese and American professional wrestling to the Stalinist dictatorship of North Korea in 1995 as part of political manoeuvrings by promoters.
In the years that followed, WCW would continue to make history as a legitimate threat to Vince McMahon’s WWF (now WWE), until McMahon eventually turned the tables and swallowed up WCW, going on to essentially monopolise the pro wrestling industry.