Work on “The Vince McMahon Story and The Rise of the New Wrestling Order” is reportedly underway.
The new retrospective will examine Vince McMahon’s rise to dominance in the world of professional wrestling. The story will show the transformation of Vince McMahon and the WWE from a regional promotion to an international sports entertainment empire.
Writing in Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that a casting call for the retrospective has now been placed.
“There is a casting call for a review retrospective called “No Chance” The Vince McMahon Story and The Rise of the New Wrestling Order.” The gist of the story they are telling is that for decades, there were many professional wrestling territories across the U.S. Each regional promotion was locally owned and offered its own brand of wrestling and local stars.
Promoters would cross promote with other companies under the auspices of the NWA and this system worked from the 50s through the 70s. In the early 80s, the rise of cable began to raise the bar. A few tried to expand with limited success until Vince McMahon saw the power of cable as his weapon to turn his regional company into a national company. Reimagining (a Vince word that he just picked up a few years ago) pro wrestling as sports entertainment gave McMahon the edge over his adversaries. He waged war with AWA, JCP, World Class, id South and others, stunted their growth by taking their top talent and created WrestleMania which changed wrestling forever.”
While it has been suggested that McMahon was responsible for territories going out of business, the legendary announcer Jim Ross recently dismissed this view. Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Ross called the claims “bullsh*t.”
Expanding further, JR said that he believed that local promotions put themselves out of business by failing to adapt to a rapidly changing industry.