5 Wrestling Innovations That Did As Much Harm As Good

Overkill the likes of which John Rambo would be proud.


Wrestling is a beast in a constant state of evolution, and as much as WWE RAW remains a chore to sit through most weeks, there remains just enough evidence of that to subject oneself to Stephanie McMahon's senseless ego gratification exercises.

In 2010, WWE laughed at the very notion of independent wrestling - so much so that Daniel Bryan was labelled a nerd for having the sheer audacity to better himself at his craft in "high school gyms" - even though developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling ran even grimmer venues prior to its transition to NXT and produced more Darren Youngs than it did Kofi Kingstons.

And yet, on any given episode of RAW today, independent scene-honed talents like Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens are positioned at the top of the card they were once deemed too fat to even orbit a few short years ago. WWE revising its massive hoss recruitment policy is a welcome innovation. No longer will we ever see R-Truth or somebody of his calibre headlining a pay-per-view.

Conversely, it matters little that someone like Sami Zayn is as talented as he is. The company will always need a good bumper to make the real stars look good - and Zayn seems destined to occupy that faceless role for the foreseeable. Likewise, the introduction of 205 Live, which has necessitated an en masse invasion of international Cruiserweight talent, has rendered a once-novel development mundane.

Not like WWE to overdo it.


Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!