recently spoke with James Delow for Gorilla Position; you can read a few transcribed highlights below:
Kevin Owens on why WWE isn’t threatened by the success of the independent scene:
I absolutely don’t think it’s a threat. I think it’s great for everyone involved. WWE thrives on competition and did for a very long time. I think healthy competition is great, and I think WWE would agree, but WWE will always try to go out and be better than everybody else. I think thats why they got to the point where they’re at. They want to be bigger and do things that other companies can’t. They’re never going to change that way, but the fact that all of these companies are thriving are great for everybody involved. Whether it’s wrestlers that are up and coming that are trying to make a career, or wrestlers that might eventually leave WWE, it gives them a place to go to. Look, the wrestling world is changing and it’s very exciting to see, but it would be silly for people to look at these companies thriving and not feel like WWE is a big part of them thriving as well.
Even Ring Of Honor selling out Madison Square Garden is fantastic; it’s unbelievable. But they’re selling it out on Wrestlemania weekend. I feel that people should still be grateful to WWE, and I know with a lot of people that’s not the cool thing, to admit that WWE isn’t this giant thing trying to hurt the indies. That’s what a lot of people feel they are, but I couldn’t disagree more. I hope that Ring Of Honor could one day sell out Madison Square Garden when WWE is not in town. Everything points to that happening eventually, and that’s amazing—look at All In—that was Cody and the Young Bucks’ idea and they ran with it. They made it into something huge. In my opinion, All In is almost more impressive than Ring Of Honor selling out Madison Square Garden because they did it on their own, and there’s not a giant wrestling extravaganza that same weekend in the same town. Those people are going for All In and that’s awesome, but everyone that gets to benefit from that, whether it’s the fans or the wrestlers, how can you call that a bad thing?
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