Something I’ve always wondered about…
While I’ve sort of floated around the Indy scene here in California for a few years, I’ve only really gotten into it seriously back in 2009.
Since then, I’ve heard a few different promoters talk about their promotion and utter the words, “it’s not like we’re going to be the next ECW or anything”, or something to that effect.
My question… why the fuck not?
Now, I understand that most will never get there—just like most workers will never see significant action with WWE or TNA. It’s good to be grounded in reality.
BUT, when a promoter doesn’t believe in his product… how the hell does that person expect anyone else to?
Most workers, while they know they won’t see time in the “big leagues”, still put in the time and effort to perhaps one day live their dream.
Why don’t promoters? Why DON’T you think you can be the next ECW?
Think about it:
ECW shot tons of their promos in Heyman’s mother’s basement. In behind that black banner that read “ECW”, were a washing machine and dryer.
Whenever someone would call up ECW, the guy they were talking to on the other end might very well have been Sabu, or Tommy Dreamer, or Stevie Richards.
Whenever someone bought a T-shirt, the damn thing was probably packed and shipped by the same guy featured on it.
But they believed in their product. They believed in their company. Why? Because even if they thought he was completely full of shit at times, they believed that Paul Heyman believed in ECW. They KNEW he believed in it, and in turn, they also believed in it.
If you’re a promoter, and you don’t believe that your product will ever draw more than 200 people, then guess what? You won’t draw more than 200 people and you may struggle to pull that off.
If you’re a promoted who is doing the exact same thing as they guy the next town over is doing, you’re going to get the same results.
I’m not saying this because I think I know the answers, I don’t. But like I said before, when a promoter doesn’t believe in his product… how the hell does that person expect anyone else to?
Again, you may never get there, and it’s a good thing to know that. You may know that you’re not going to be the next ECW, just don’t tell anyone else that.