Ernie Ballz asks, “What is the Point”?
I often sit around and wonder what the point to all of us wrestling and running shows is. Obviously, I would say the point of people wrestling is to get to bigger and better places eventually, so that is kind of self-explanatory. So let’s focus on the other side of that coin, which is running shows. What exactly is the point of these promoters running shows?
The reason that I ask this question is because there are not really ANY promotions out there that actually make money at all. Some make a few hundred bucks here and there, but NO ONE is making a living off of independent wrestling, which I feel is sad, because I KNOW that it CAN be done. So what is the point? What is their motivation? What exactly is going through these promoters’ minds as they decide to put on these wrestling shows?
I just wonder what the motivation to put on a wrestling event is, if you are not making money. Do they THINK that they are going to make money? Are they trying to get National exposure for their promotion by selling DVD’s? Or, are they just putting on a show for the hell of it because no one else will book the people that they use, so they do to make them feel like they are legit pro wrestlers? I imagine that the last option happens a lot more frequently than what you would think, especially in the state of Ohio.
I ask this question to make promoters think. If you do not have some sort of goal set for yourself, or a clear-cut reason for running shows then just stop and let the people who actually care do it instead. As I have said 1,000 times before, this is a business, so treat it that way. No successful business has ever gotten anywhere by flying by the seat of their pants. They have a plan, a budget, and goals that they are looking to meet from quarter to quarter. (If you do not know what a quarter is, then you know nothing about business….and no, I don’t mean 25 cents….)
Plain and simple, most promoters are lazy and want something for nothing. Well, that is not how businesses work. You have to actually spend money to make money. The whole goal is to make sure that you are making back more money than what you spent in the first place. Don’t just throw up a post on Facebook saying you are having a show and expect people to show up, because they will not. Get your ass out there, get sponsors to cover your initial costs, throw up fliers around the entire town, use radio and TV if possible, basically, do whatever the hell you need to do to get people into that damn building. If you do all of this and are still not getting people to the shows, then you are running in the wrong fucking place man. The people are not coming to your shows because YOU are NOT doing these things.
These low-life sacks of shit trying to make a quick buck are the people that need booted out of this business. They are the ones using the shitty talent that is out there mainly because they will come in for free. The business has changed and it needs REAL BUSINESSMEN running these promotions rather fat, lazy, pieces of shit that just want to screw everyone out of money so that they can pocket the whopping $50-$100 that they MAY HAVE made off of their sorry excuse for a wrestling show. Let’s put it this way, if you are a wrestler and are working shows for free, STOP! Why? Why would you wrestle for free? These wrestlers that continue to wrestle for these worthless promoters are the people providing this piece of shit with the opportunity to actually run a show in the first place. If the wrestlers stop working for him, then he will have 1 of 3 choices in my opinion:
1.) Find new crappy wrestlers that will work for free…
2.) Stop running because he does not want to pay people…
3.) ACTUALLY START PAYING GOOD TALENT TO COME IN AND WRESTLER FOR YOU AND ACTUALLY GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOUR SHOW!!!
It is all about having a plan and sticking with it. Making smart business decisions along the way will make you at least a little bit successful. If you don’t have a plan, then you are wasting your time. Like I said, get out of the business and let someone who knows what they are doing do it instead.