Must-Watch Wrestling Shows besides WWE
These professional wrestling shows are a real treat for the real fans
Avid fans must be accustomed to World Championship Wrestling shows all their lives, but there is more to the world of professional wrestling than WWE. With the emergence of other wrestling promotions, the competition becomes tighter and more exciting. It only follows that other wrestling TV shows enjoy greater number of audiences.
So what other professional wrestling shows are in today?
For fans who want something different, Lucha Underground caters to their request. Produced by the talented Mark Burnett, this wrestling show offers slick backstage segments and thrilling in-ring action. The show makes use of unique camera angles and visual effects that add flavor to the production.
The roster includes Alberto El Patron, Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Prince Puma (Ricochet), Brian Cage, and Fenix.
Combining ingenuity with careful planning, Lucha Underground produces a completely distinctive entertainment for the wrestling fans. Their narrative is planned for the whole season, making each episode a must-watch and less of a filler.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Dubbed as the WWE main rival, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) is the biggest promotion in Japan.
The show’s household names include Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Kazuchika Okada. It also boasts the legacy of the Great Muta, Akira Maeda, Shinya Hashimoto, and Tatsumi Fujinami. In NJPW, it is all about the fight.
Its governing body, IWGP, laid out six titles to wrestlers including the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. For those who hunger for hour-long matches, feuds, and brawls, then this show is the best choice.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
A do-it-yourself success, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla is managed by wrestling pros. Most of the shows take place in the American Legion Hall in Reseda, California. Its allure must come from the fact that it only invites those with a good and clean track records can get a place in the lineup. Wrestling fans will struggle to find a bad match in PWG.
They hold the single-elimination tournament with New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s (NJPW) G1 Climax, one of the biggest shows of the year. PWG produces one of the most entertaining shows where exceptional wrestling blends with hilarious sequences.
One of the purest form of entertainment, Chikara follows strict house rules such as no cursing and low blows. Their most recognizable names include Fire Ant, Green Ant, and Silver Ant. There is also Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, and Cesaro.
The show emphasizes tag teams, lucha libre, trios, and hero vs. villain storylines. Just like television shows, Chikara works in seasons.
I hope you enjoyed the list of wrestling shows you shouldn’t miss. If you are a wrestling fan, you might be interested to read my book, Fritz Von Erich: Master of the Iron Claw, available at LitFire Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. You can also discuss with me the merits of the sport via Facebook and Goodreads.
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