I was recently looking through old Wrestling magazines and I had an issue of Wrestling Ringside from March of 1989.
In one of the articles I found an interesting point...
"...The way it looks now, the WWF could end up with the entire Four Horsemen brigade.Arn Anderson and Blanchard have already left NWA for WWF, and both Windham and Flair are beleived too be headed to the WWF also....I the "Flair to WWF" rumours are true it could be a big blow to the NWA. IN addition to these two defectors,another rumor making the rounds that Lex Luger is also WWF-bound,.."
And now this oddly familiar sounding argument...
"...Titan Sports, the WWF parent company couldnt possibly use all this talentas they're having a hard enough time trying to keep their current talent roster intact....conversely it could sound a death knoll for wrestling in general. Without top competition, the WWF would become in effect the only show in town. Now That Would Be A Shame!.
"While on the other hand, things look ominous for the NWA, there is still a glimmer of hope that things wil change dramatically in the next year. The reason behind this newfound optimism is the fact that TED TURNER purchased 80% of NWA stock..."
Sad, but true. Pro wrestling is virtually dead in America anyway. WWE is garbage, not wrestling. NWA-TNA seems to be heading toward garbage but is still not there yet. MLW is an ECW knockoff (which is not good, because ECW has been worm food for over 2 years now).
ROH seems to be the only credible wrestling promotion anymore in the States anyway. I don't know much about them other than the fact they take the matches seriously and the action is virtually non-stop.
"Every parent's nightmare and every schoolgirl's dream, the Midnight Express!"
Well it don't really take a genius to understand that when you don't have any competition that frankly, things suck.
It does speak volumes for what must have been the insider perspective in 1989. All the territories were swallowed up in the previous 4-5 years. AWA and World Class were on their last legs, so it must have seemed grimm to this guy. But at least there was that acknowledgment of hope at the end. Turner did buy out the Crocketts, and kept the territory alive for another 12 years. And there was some legit, albeit weak, competition
In contrast, I see no hope in the current situation. Apples and oranges, but If you take the closest competition today, NWA-TNA, and stack them up with the feds in 1989, they wouldn't even match up to a dying AWA as far exposure. AWA, World Class, and later the Global had TV on ESPN. A few years later ECW, USWA, SMW would get good national sydicated coverage. But with the expansion of FOX, UPN, WB, and the Spanish stations syndication is too expensive and cable won't touch wrestling unless it's WWE.
It's ironic too, that WWF was going to destory WCW by taking all their big names. Isn't that what WCW did to WWF, and in turn destory themselves.
I can't say it's a huge blow for RAW because he hasn't been used all that well for a while now. He's capable of being a showman in the ring. But he's been treading water for a time now before this title feud.