Ok let me just understand something, I don’t think it’s the crowd in New Jersey that’s bad, the CZW fans are very picky. They don’t appreciate good wrestling. To me, this is the one of the few companies that constantly have everything. From women’s wrestling, death matches, high flying, mat wrestling and comedy. But for some reason it gets little to no response unless it’s death match wrestling. I understand it’s what they do but these wrestlers have 2 break there necks just to get a response. If you don’t believe me then look at AR Fox. Anyway, this show was ok. Their tag team division is getting much better. The Matt Tremont vs. Joe Gacy match was brutal. Super respect to both guys for going thru that massacre.
Matches of the Night: AR Fox vs. Chris Dickinson
Matt Tremont vs. Joe Gacy
CZW wrestlers have to kill themselves to get a response because CZW has burned out its audience with ultraviolent wrestling.
The CZW fanbase is basically the remnant of the ECW fanbase that still sees hardcore wrestling as the future of the sport. They go to CZW to see deathmatches. CZW can deliver other styles, but if CZW fans cared about those other styles they’d watch WWE or other indies. The only thing CZW excels at—the thing it does better than anyone else in North America—is dropping guys onto light tubes. So that’s what the CZW fans come to see.
The problem is you can only do blood and guts so many times before the audience becomes desensitized to it. Back in the late ’90s, when every WWF PPV main event was no-DQ, I saw somebody bleeding from a weapon shot every month and I didn’t give a shit. Now that WWE’s all PG, when I see somebody busted open it feels shocking, because I don’t see that every day. WWE got that shocking feeling back with a “less is more” approach—doing the exact same thing but far less often for a bigger reaction.
CZW’s approach to this problem is “more is more.” People stopped caring about chairshots so they did more spots with barbed wire. People stopped caring about cheese graters to the face so they brought in electric saws. People stopped caring about table spots so they lit the tables on fire, and then they poured lighter fluid on glass and lit that on fire. You can draw a crowd with that stuff, but you can’t expect that same crowd to appreciate a straight wrestling match, because they’re trained to equate “entertaining wrestling” with “greatest risk for injury.”
That approach has taken CZW this far, but it hasn’t really grown them as a business, so I have to wonder how much further it can take them. At some point their ability to innovate hardcore spots is going to run up against the limits of human endurance, and they won’t have anything to fall back on because their audience will not accept a shift to a less hardcore business model.
Exactly my point. Why wrestle there when people don’t come to see that? Why wrestle for the combat zone if your not gonna be appreciated by the fans your wrestling for? There shows can be really good or even better if the crowd gave a shit about them. They can only do but so much death matches. I like their death matches but I also like everything else about CZW, but the fans that have been spoon feed ultraviolets is hurting their product in my opinion. And dats not fair to the company or the wrestlers. I’m not posting any blame on CZW at all. But the crowd does play a major part in wrestling period.