Originally Posted by JoeRulz
He also stole Ramon's music.
Lol, I just listened to both themes and they are kind of similar.
But yeah, there some columnist on another website (I forgot which site) who is very knowledgeable when it comes to wrestling and has always said that Austin was basically the white version of Bad News Brown. It was not done on purpose it just happened. Brown's gimmick was definitely a precursor to the Austin gimmick.
But another poster was right when he said that nothing is really original in wrestling (things just become modified for their respective eras). Even ECW was pretty much the 90s version of the Florida Territory where they were known for their hardcore style, ECW also was inspired by Bill Watt's UWF. Even the Money in the Bank angle from last year was kind of inspired by the Brian Pillman angle from 1995 or 1996 where he worked everybody into believing what was going on with him was real. Punk's angle didn't go that far but it could have. I believe Punk showed up on a couple independent shows and comic con during his one week sabbatical. Pillman also went to ECW shows during his run of blurring the lines between kayfabe and reality.
I heard somewhere that the NWO angle was inspired by an angle in New Japan or some Japanese wrestling organization. But it doesn't matter as long as the angle or character perfects what they are doing it's all good. You have a younger wrestling who don't even know about Bad News, Brian Pillman, or NJPW so to them it is new. Most of us have already seen it all, but we still enjoy the modern day version of some concept.