The mainstream wrestling world is mostly comprised of three categories: The Big Stage shows (i.e. WWE, ROH, NJPW), The Independent Scene (Shimmer, Ryse, ICW, PWG), and the independents (any show without a large media following outside of their respective areas).
In my previous blog series I used pictures from varies WWE events to showcase the use of lighting from both titantron and fans in the seats, so for this post I'm going to show the difference in lighting between different kinds of independent shows, namely between an independent show with a massive online following, and one with more of an area based following.
For the more widely known shows, a darker space is common for the arena, very similar to a black box theater.
(ICW; Jack Jester's return to ICW, April 12th, 2015)
The lighting is centered around the ring during matches and promos to highlight the performers in progress. If at anytime the action moves into the stands. the general lighting is turned on so that the action may be followed cleanly.
For smaller promotions, the venue and lighting styles can and will change based on which venue is being used.
(Drake Andrews' Intro; Quaker City Wrestling, September 2nd, 2018)
As depicted in the second photo, more often than not smaller promotions will have to perform in gymnasiums or large storage rooms, so the spaces are mostly lit with florescent lights. The only extra lighting has to be brought in by the promoters and it is usually only limited to extra flashers by the entrance way.
Each wrestling promotion has to deal with lighting, no matter where they perform. Sometimes the lighting is concrete, other times it's as wide-range as a theater performance. But the focus is always in the ring, where the action will always center around.