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Old 10-01-2012, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Analyze This: Wrestlers transcending eras

Can you name the wrestlers who have transcended across wrestling eras successfully and what do you think contributed to their success across eras?

I can only name Hulk Hogan who went over three different eras changing his persona to match successfully. Though Ric Flair's name comes up, he did not do much to suit the era and merely went through them as the same performer and Bob Backlund did try and find some success.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Terry Funk is a name that comes to mind. Always kept reinventing wherever he went and found tremendous success wherever he went. When he first started he did a technical style similar to his brother and his father but then became a brawler then started doing hardcore wrestling. So too did his look change to match his style.
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The Rock was a face of the Attitude Era (excluding Austin of course) and he fits well in the Reality Era.
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Default Re: Analyze This: Wrestlers transcending eras

Hulk Hogan is the obvious one as he went through The Rock And Wrestling Era, The Golden Era, The Monday Night Wars Era and then The Ruthless Aggression Era although he was the same character in three of those era's when you really look at it.

Shawn Michaels was a completely different character in three different era's from The New Generation Era, The Attitude Era and then The Ruthless Aggression Era and was a top guy in every single one of those era's as well.

Randy Savage was a major star in every era he worked in across both WWE and WCW from the mid 80's through to the very late 90's.

Triple H changed character in The New Generation Era, The Attitude Era, The Ruthless Aggression Era and the current one and was a major star in the last three.

Kurt Angle came about in 1999 but changed his character up from The Attitude Era through The Ruthless Aggression Era into his ECW run and then in TNA twice.

Chris Jericho is a great example of someone evolving their character and being a major star in every one he worked in as seen from him in The Attitude Era, The Ruthless Aggression Era and the current one.
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Shawn Michaels is the obvious, for me. He was part of the late 80's - early 90's boom, he was a key player in the New Generation era, he helped pioneer the Attitude Era, after his return in 2002 he was one of the top players in the Ruthless Aggression era and he stayed relevent until he retired in the PG Era. Yeah, HBK is a great example of transcending the eras.
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Default Re: Analyze This: Wrestlers transcending eras

Well good question...

I guess the first thing that has to be laid out are the era's themselves in order to analyze if a wrestler truly crossed over into that era. I am of the school that recent and many IWC fans think there are more "era's" than what I believe historians will remember 50 years from now. It is a common thing to emphasize our individual generation thus many posters will break the last 20 years into multiple generations, although I believe generations down the line will simply lump the Post Attitude era into one era which we are still in.

The Carnival era: pre 1940
The Golden era: 1940-1960
The Territorial era 1960-1983 (although some territories lasted into the early 90's)
The Expansion era 1984-1995
The Attitude era 1995-2001 ish
The Post Modern era 2001-today (There are many different titles for this but I like this the best)

Wrestlers who crossed the era's with major success? Many top wrestlers who wrestled for more than twenty years crossed over at least two era's and the list would be too long. For example many of the territorial stars who also had success in the expansion era, So I would keep the list to guys who crossed over three or more of the six (in my mind) major era's.

Ric Flair four era's (while his style did not change he fit into the storylines of that era)
Jerry Lawler four era's
Hulk Hogan four era's
Shawn Michaels three era's (although he is one of the guys who you could make a case for four since he wrestled in the territories in the late 80's)
The Undertaker three era's (although same thing as with Michaels above)
Terry Funk three era's

I am sure there are more but those are the ones I think accomplished the feat off the top of my head.
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Well good question...

I guess the first thing that has to be laid out are the era's themselves in order to analyze if a wrestler truly crossed over into that era. I am of the school that recent and many IWC fans think there are more "era's" than what I believe historians will remember 50 years from now. It is a common thing to emphasize our individual generation thus many posters will break the last 20 years into multiple generations, although I believe generations down the line will simply lump the Post Attitude era into one era which we are still in.

The Carnival era: pre 1940
The Golden era: 1940-1960
The Territorial era 1960-1983 (although some territories lasted into the early 90's)
The Expansion era 1984-1995
The Attitude era 1995-2001 ish
The Post Modern era 2001-today (There are many different titles for this but I like this the best)

Wrestlers who crossed the era's with major success? Many top wrestlers who wrestled for more than twenty years crossed over at least two era's and the list would be too long. For example many of the territorial stars who also had success in the expansion era, So I would keep the list to guys who crossed over three or more of the six (in my mind) major era's.

Ric Flair four era's (while his style did not change he fit into the storylines of that era)
Jerry Lawler four era's
Hulk Hogan four era's
Shawn Michaels three era's (although he is one of the guys who you could make a case for four since he wrestled in the territories in the late 80's)
The Undertaker three era's (although same thing as with Michaels above)
Terry Funk three era's

I am sure there are more but those are the ones I think accomplished the feat off the top of my head.
Thanks for the detailed reply; of the guys you mentioned Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, Shawn Michaels (His change came mostly because of his religious attribution in the later career than the need for the era. He was a Boy Toy and then a born again Christian good guy essentially) did not change much about their character and yet found huge success. What do you think worked in their favor?
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Originally Posted by Greenlawler View Post
Well good question...

I guess the first thing that has to be laid out are the era's themselves in order to analyze if a wrestler truly crossed over into that era. I am of the school that recent and many IWC fans think there are more "era's" than what I believe historians will remember 50 years from now. It is a common thing to emphasize our individual generation thus many posters will break the last 20 years into multiple generations, although I believe generations down the line will simply lump the Post Attitude era into one era which we are still in.

The Carnival era: pre 1940
The Golden era: 1940-1960
The Territorial era 1960-1983 (although some territories lasted into the early 90's)
The Expansion era 1984-1995
The Attitude era 1995-2001 ish
The Post Modern era 2001-today (There are many different titles for this but I like this the best)

Wrestlers who crossed the era's with major success? Many top wrestlers who wrestled for more than twenty years crossed over at least two era's and the list would be too long. For example many of the territorial stars who also had success in the expansion era, So I would keep the list to guys who crossed over three or more of the six (in my mind) major era's.

Ric Flair four era's (while his style did not change he fit into the storylines of that era)
Jerry Lawler four era's
Hulk Hogan four era's
Shawn Michaels three era's (although he is one of the guys who you could make a case for four since he wrestled in the territories in the late 80's)
The Undertaker three era's (although same thing as with Michaels above)
Terry Funk three era's

I am sure there are more but those are the ones I think accomplished the feat off the top of my head.
That's way off. The attitude Era didn't start until 97 and the Expansion Era stopped in the early 90's before the New Generation Era. Hell, you can argue that the expansion era was over before then.
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Default Re: Analyze This: Wrestlers transcending eras

Vince McMahon did a pretty good job of this. Jericho and Austin both reinvented themselves, Jericho a few times, but I don't know much impact they really had early in their careers.
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