* The "Professional Girl Wrestling Association"(PGWA) was founded in 1992 to be one to the 1960s "American Girl Wrestling Association"(AGWA).
* Through 1997 through the mid 2010s, Fabulous Frank acted as the spiritual successor of 1980s Wrestling/JimCornette in Future Of Wrestling, he even hits people with a Tennis Racket.
* After the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation stopped operating, former employees got together and started licensing the AWA name to other wrestling promotions as far away as the UK and Australia. While WWE bought the rights to the AWA and put a stop to this. After National Wrestling Superstars closed, Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic is the closest thing to a direct AWA successor the folks up north didn't manage to kill. Pro Wrestling International can kind of be seen as a successor to the post AWA "alliance", given CWF Mid-Atlantic's membership.
* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] got two unofficial successors, ECW in the U.S. and Big Japan Pro Wrestling. Officially, World Entertainment Wrestling, Wrestling Marvelous Future, USO and Onita Pro, which all launched to fill the void left by FMW and employ its roster. These four companies then joined together to form The Apache Army, until FMW's revival.
* Wrestling/{{ECW}} was so great it needed two promotions to fill the void it left. Wrestling/RingOfHonor is the successor to the technical wrestling and [[Wrestling/{{CZW}} Combat Zone Wrestling]] is the successor to hardcore wrestling. Both promotions run most of their shows in ECW's home venues such as The Arena in Philadelphia and The Manhattan Center in New York. However, they didn't belong to the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and out of these two, only ROH enjoyed any lasting television deals.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} is Wrestling/{{WCW}}, had WCW not been bought out by [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]].
** In particular, TNA in 2010-2011 was almost exactly the same as WCW in 1996-1997. [[FaceHeelTurn Heel turn]] by Wrestling/HulkHogan and his emergence as the leader of a dictatorial faction (Wrestling/NewWorldOrder in WCW, Immortal in TNA), Wrestling/EricBischoff as his sycophant, and Wrestling/{{Sting}} as the [[JustLikeRobinHood Robin Hood figure]] who leads a crusade to defeat them both.
** Interestingly, TNA usually refuses to acknowledge WWE by name (references are often highly elliptical) even though WWE took on all of WCW's canon as part of its own continuity when it incorporated it.
** As TNA was a splinter from the NWA and a successor to WCW, Wrestling/{{Fo|rtune}}urtune was to be a successor to the Four Horsemen, which was prominently featured in both promotions. Problem being, Fourtune had six members.
* In fact, [[FleetingDemographicRule we have a similar trope that more specifically covers pro wrestling]].
* [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship The UFC]] is considered by most to be the successor to Pro Wrestling in general, since it follows the same exact model, although lately they have been trying to move away from that structure.
** More accurately, UFC is [[DoingInTheWizard what pro wrestling would be like if it weren't scripted]]. Although the designation "[[OlderThanTheyThink more accurately]]" goes to [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]]'s Shooto, the first "MMA" company ever, founded when he got sick of money politics.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html World Heavyweight Championship]] is this to WCW's top title of a similar name and design, which was unified into the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship]] months after the "[[InsistentTerminology entertainment company]]"'s purchase of WCW.
* [[{{Camp}} Tongue in cheek]] all women's promotion Wrestling/{{GLOW}} spawned a number of spiritual successors, such as POWW, the LPWA, CRUSH, Women Of Wrestling and Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}}. Despite their names and premises, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} and SHINE are ''not'' examples, instead being recurring showcases of the best and the future of the business. The names are slightly coincidental but GLOW is [[FunWithAcronyms an acronym]], the latter two's are SWA and [[ShortTitles SW]].
* SHIMMER is more so the spiritual successor to IWA Mid-South's ''Volcano Girls'' tournaments, another project in Ian Rotten's quest to show his promotion was not just for {{garbage wrestler}}s and an early step in Dave Prazak's to cater to wrestling fans who wanted to see more from the women involved in the sport. It also featured several wrestlers who would later be in SHIMMER, co founder Allison Danger not the least of them.
* A humorous case happened in the 2000s to early 2010s when the NWA launched a revival of Championship Wrestling from Florida(though in Hollywood California rather than Hollywood FL) and The WWE launched a revival of Florida Championship Wrestling. [[DontExplainTheJoke For those who don't get it]], they both ran revivals of the same company at once. CWF had been erroneously called FCW for years and was forced to temporarily change its name to FCW for a time in the nineties.
* After Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling lost it's television deal and shut down, the Tajima Planning Corporation started a replacement promotion called "New AJW". Nanae Takahashi's World Wonder Rings STARDOM's is a longer lasted, more successful example that was ''also'' a successor to NEO Women's Pro Wrestling, having Zenjo's color scheme and Neo's "High Speed" title belt.
* SHINE Wrestling Trio Made In Sin (Allysin Kay, Taylor Made and April Hunter) are a mix between spiritual successor and {{alternate company equivalent}} to the second incarnation of The Midwest Militia as seen in Wrestling/{{WSU}} and Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} (Allysin Kay, Sassy Stephie and Mademoiselle Rachelle-the fallout between Allysin Kay and Jessicka Havok happened elsewhere). Made In Sin later joined together with Radiant Rain and Wrestling/IvelisseVelez to form Valkyrie, a spiritual successor to Rain's Army whom the original Midwest Militia split off from (thanks to Jessicka Havok, whom they unsurprisingly targeted before long). After Rain's retirement and Velez's expulsion forced Valkyrie to reorganize, [=SoCal=] Val, recognizing a winning formula when she saw it, started a group called Valifornia, an {{expy}} of the original Valkyrie([[GenreSavvy minus an Ivelisse analog]]).
* After joining the NWA in 2013, All Action Wrestling declared they would be to Australian wrestling what NWA World Championship Wrestling used to be in the 60s-70s.