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Re: Analyze This: Greatest of All Times
Well, when we say drawing power as a criteria, as you have put for in-ring ability, there is no measure even though there is a number. Any territory guy who was a huge massive draw in his territory would be left out of G.O.A.T discussion just because national promotion was not such a in thing in 60's in the scale of WWE/F and with a wider coverage, the current wrestler who drew in a national scale would always look bigger than the classic guy who was GOD in his territory when it comes to drawing. There are other factors as well like inflation when we talk money which by the way is becoming a factor when they talk highest grossing films and the times, fashion and culture.
Post the Wrestling boom, it got coverage like never before and the same goes for Attitude Era and guys from those times would obviously be bigger draws than those Gods of territorial wrestling.
While I acknowledge the same can be said about in ring ability or ring psychology but it is in a much smaller scale compared to drawing ability because it does not involve as much external factors as others for drawing power includes economic situation as well. A depression era great would not draw as much in money as a guy today for no fault of his. But he would be able to put in as much ring psychology or storytelling as a guy today.
Ultimately, it is purely subjective for someone to take anything as a criteria. Even the height and build be a criteria for that matter. If, for me, a guy more than 6'2'' does not work simply because he has this being bigger advantage, then it is also perfectly fine. Can you please list your criteria while we are at it.
To add to this, say tomorrow WWE manages to rope in a A-list action star for a couple of years run in the programming, he would be a big draw for surely people would come to see him in person and his impact also would be great which was evident from various boxing cameos with good storylines that helped sell PPVs, do you think he would have in him what it takes to stake a claim in being the greatest wrestler of all times?
Last edited by theidealstranger; 11-18-2012 at 02:29 AM.