Originally posted on Wrestling Insights:
Time for a new round of ten wrestling stories of significance and my thoughts on them. Not gonna lie: this was a pretty slow news week compared to recent ones. But we soldier on. Or something like that.
1. WWE interest is down and MMA interest is up compared to five years ago according a Sports Business Journal survey. A survey conducted by the business publication polled 1100 senior-level sports executives and decision makers and found that just 36% had the same level or more interest in WWE compared to five years ago, while 64% say they have less. MMA during the same time period: 68% have the same level or more interest, while just 32% have less. Here’s the number that will probably keep WWE executives up late at night: 29% of sports decision makers surveyed say they have more interest in MMA now than five years ago, while just 4% say the same about WWE. (For comparison’s sake: 7% of those surveyed say they have more interest in boxing now than five years ago, compared to 41% for same interest, and 52% less interest. Yes, more people surveyed are interested in boxing than WWE.) No matter how you spin it, this is not good. Maybe it’s the stigma that wrestling has among the mainstream, but more likely, wrestling’s simply not as interesting as it once was. It just isn’t.
2. Eric Young undergoes throat surgery to remove polyps. This is his fifteenth throat surgery since 2004. I’m guessing this is why he hasn’t been on TV lately. Get well soon.