Welcome one and all. The Verbal Brainbuster has been absent for a few weeks, with good reason might I add. At times there will be topics posted on a more frequent basis and will try to give notice if there's going to be a delay between editions. Ultimately, I love writing and wrestling, so this is something I'm always trying to make time to achieve.
The Current Climate
It is hard to proceed without addressing the rather large elephant in the room, that being morale across the industry. Beyond the scandals, interest in wrestling as a whole appears to be at a critical low. Now, I must specify, that Wednesday nights don't seem to be suffering too badly from this. Those ratings are holding between All Elite Wrestling and its competition, which is great to see.
I'm connected with a few publications and keep hearing about people calling it a day. This is all roles in pro-wrestling journalism from occasional writers to editors responsible for organising the content teams. Personally, I've never known anything like this. When the live events return, we're bound to see a resurgence, this is where all promotions need to aim for a home-run.
As far as All Elite Wrestling goes, I am hoping that their direction which has drifted away from the ranking system is rectified. They've had to adapt to the changing circumstances, that fans can surely appreciate. On the other hand, they're deviating away from a number of factors that hooked eyes to their alternative product in the first instance. That has to stop.
The Omega Debate
A question struck my inbox over the past few weeks. In fact, it manifested into a productive and intriguing discussion. This isn't an original topical piece, but exploring all the angles was a blast to do. That's the comparison of Kenny Omega working in Japan to joining AEW. There have been vocal individuals, even those a part of the industry, who deem his current run as a disappointment.
Anyone who feels that way, well, has a right to. You can't feint that kind of emotion. The gentleman who contacted me, Martin, wanted to strike a conversation. Bearing in mind, this guy can provide a full synopsis of everything Omega has done overseas. I consider myself a dabbler, an avid one, but this man is a whole other level. Talking with fans, especially such as Martin, is a perk of the job.