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Old 11-15-2012, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Terry Funk's career started in 1965 and in 2012, he is still wrestling matches for over 5 decades. Ric Flair debuted in 1972 and officially "Retired" in 2008 with a career of 36 years and counting if we count his TNA run. Hogan debuted in 1977 and seemingly retired from full time in 2007 having a career of three decades. Lou Thesz tops them all with his debut in 1932 and retirement in 1990 with a career that spanned over 6 decades and being the only guy to have wrestled in 7 decades. And the king when it comes to longevity, Queen Rather, would be Mae Young who had wrestled across 9 decades from 1939 to 2010.

If you are wondering where am I going with all this, it is a simple question, how important is longevity in career for a wrestler's legacy? Any cases where the longevity glorified or ruined the legacy of a wrestler that comes to your mind and in general, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
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not always a good thing.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Johnny Saint has also wrestled in 7 decades making his debut in 1958 and wrestling as recently as last year in Chikara.
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Gypsy Joe's career lasted for around 50 years. Many luchadors' careers last for 4 or more decades.
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longevity isnt a good thing for wrestlers

I know brock said "people get in the industry to get out" but then again i like to think of this as quality control rather than just a quick fix racket

in any sport or entertinament industry its best to SAVE YOUR MONEY and live with it for the rest of your life so that the paycheck you might need to can go to someone who hasn't yet got the chance to become financially secure

coming back for occasional appearances is okay AS LONG AS YOU DO IT FOR FREE! its about helping the business not about your next fix (if any at all)

long running wrestlers are like long running soldiers

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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longevity doesnt really mean anything when it comes to their legacy.

the smart ones are the ones who save and stop wrestling before the industry ruins their body.

and i guess the really smart ones are the ones who in some way forge a career in the industry after their wrestling days are over. Gorilla Monsoon is a great example of someone who is probably better known for his post wrestling days.

obviously the wrestlers have to be around long enough and be successful enough to gain a legacy.

the only way i can think of someone affecting their legacy by retiring is if they retire before something big happens.

say Hogan retired after wrestlemania 9 and never went to WCW, turned heel and became hollywood hogan. He would have missed one of the most successful parts of his career

but seeing as none of us can tell the future we wouldnt have known what he missed out on anyway.
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Rock wrestled for around 5 years and is bigger than every pro-wrestler in history barring 4 or 5 people
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Sting is getting up there. He's wrestled in 4 different decades, and probably will put in at least one match next decade.
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It depends. If you're in a role like a Sting or can still draw like Hogan or provide entertainment like Terry Funk, it's acceptable.

But, when you're a guy like Abdullah The Butcher, a guy who's worked in nearly 7 different decades with the same gimmick and deteriorating performance, it's embarrassing. I can't remember the most recent Abby match that he actually took a bump or didn't have to hold on to the ropes to keep from falling over. Not too mention, he's been passing diseases along.

Seriously, how can you work with a guy like Johnny Rougeau, a guy who Abby feuded with in the 60s and passed away in 1983 and still attempt to work with guys who weren't even born until after Rougeau died? And he hasn't contributed anything to wrestling. And Sheik did the gimmick better and made it universally accepted.
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Terry Funk's career started in 1965 and in 2012, he is still wrestling matches for over 5 decades. Ric Flair debuted in 1972 and officially "Retired" in 2008 with a career of 36 years and counting if we count his TNA run. Hogan debuted in 1977 and seemingly retired from full time in 2007 having a career of three decades. Lou Thesz tops them all with his debut in 1932 and retirement in 1990 with a career that spanned over 6 decades and being the only guy to have wrestled in 7 decades. And the king when it comes to longevity, Queen Rather, would be Mae Young who had wrestled across 9 decades from 1939 to 2010.

If you are wondering where am I going with all this, it is a simple question, how important is longevity in career for a wrestler's legacy? Any cases where the longevity glorified or ruined the legacy of a wrestler that comes to your mind and in general, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Lawler debuted in 1970..I guess we can say his career ended in 2012 but who knows? That's 42 years.

I thought of Gypsey Joe immediatly. Fact is as long as a guy is viable they are welcome.

Wrestling is obviously fake but at the same time must maitain some simulance of realism. A 50 year old man is still viable enough in my book, if he can preform. However when a guy gets much past 50 he probably should hang up his boots.
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