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Lets talk about the next big thing. I was checking out the AWESOME 2-part interview with Paul Heyman on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Podcast
I started to wonder what the next, next big thing could be. But I figured it’d be far more interesting to ask you guys what you think the next big thing in music, film, gaming, and wrestling will be.
What do you think is the next BIG thing? It could be something to have a worldwide impact immediately like the iPad, or a smaller impact that changes the world subtly, like touch screens finally coming into their own with smart phones.
My BIG idea is creating a syndication for digital media. Podcasts / netflix / gaming / hulu / and so on. The thing I miss most about our On Demand world is the inability to really stumble upon something in progress that grabs your attention.
The WWE Network actually solved this problem with the live stream, and after catching The Ultimate Warrior Documentary went back and caught some of his matches and watched the doc in full because it was so surprisingly compelling.
Unfortunately a lot of content isn’t like this. If you turned on the Shawshank Redemption sight unseen from a Netflix queue and never heard of it, it may not impact you the same way it did for many of us who came across it on TNT or TBS halfway through and found it intensely compelling. The same for Podcasts, the same for videogames, where outside of the increasingly rare demo and some brilliant app store stuff, (and the awesome PSN+) getting free games to discover and try out for free is tricky. There is no basic cable or Saturday night movie for these platforms, and it makes discovery something that requires effort, versus something that happens idly when flipping the channels.
So take note, Netflix, Hulu, and Podcasts, do what the WWE does and allow me to stumble across stuff as easily as possible, versus making me seek it out. Pandora / Spotify has this figured out pretty well, too.
For pro wrestling, I think there’s one, great, wrestling-related kickstarter that will happen sometime soon, where fans put money where their mouth is and support a company that is capable of putting on awesome shows WITHOUT the constant fear of losing their shirts. I don’t want ‘edgy’ or ‘experimental’ like with that REALLY weird Wrestling Revolution Project, but a promotion that raises enough money to buy equipment, run shows, and can support themselves long enough to start turning a profit on their own.
Additionally the Kickstarter rewards could be awesome. Life-long passes / listening in on creative meetings / free merch, and depending on dollar value donated, maybe an on-screen role of some kind. Who knows.
What say you, Blobbers?