Should WWE bring back the territory system?

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Should WWE bring back the territory system?

Post by Big Boss Man » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:30 am

As WWE product is stale right now, I was thinking, would they benefit from deactivating a territory type system?. Like back in the day you had the top guy defend his belt and if he lost moved on to the next. Then you had a constant influx of fresh talent. Plus like Taker could be used like Andre to pop business in stagnant areas. It's still kinda loosely in place so you just work with the existing talent out there and it works as a great developmental base too. The next stars might be out there and not even on WWEs radar and in developmental.

Plus you could work with Impact and their partners, ROH, PWG etc and even branch out internationally with New Japan, AAA etc. They are sorta doing it in a way with the UK tournament etc but they could make WWE the global wrestling brand and operate similar to like the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL with different "teams" or companies under their umbrella. Think the old NWA but on a grander scale. Although the argument against is that it 110% monopolises the industry and say a territory is low on star power makes them look bad but the plus sides outweigh the negatives if they really put thought into it. Any thoughts? Thanks

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Re: Should WWE bring back the territory system?

Post by Bandit » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:41 am

They basically have.

You can't do regional wrestling anymore because even small indies stream or sell downloads of their shows. So WWE had their UK companies they work with and EVOLVE in the US. And while they don't officially work with PWG, they know that William Regal and Tyson Kidd go to every show to scout wrestlers for NXT and they're okay with that.

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Re: Should WWE bring back the territory system?

Post by Big Boss Man » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:36 pm

OK thanks. Do you think that change was brought about by Hunter as pre him being in a position of power the WWE was more insular and rarely did you hear about promotions outside of WWE.

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Re: Should WWE bring back the territory system?

Post by Bandit » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:25 pm

Yes. But Vince did briefly think about running a territory system in Europe in 2005, with one company in the UK, one in Italy and one in Germany, but changed his mind. That was why Santino won the IC title in his debut, because he was going to be the champion that toured the 3 promotions like the old NWA champion. And it's funny that his original plan was going to be more of a modern Bruno Sammartino but he didn't get over so they made him like an Italian Borat.

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Re: Should WWE bring back the territory system?

Post by Bandit » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:43 am

Just read Meltzer say WWE may be setting up a working agreement to make NOAH their Japanese feeder system. But TNA has been working with them too, so this is interesting.

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