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Re: Analyze This: Greatest of All Times
I would imagine that alot of this comes down to a generational thing.
Really the territorial era was more about the intensity of the fued, the wreslters charisma, and the ability to tell a story.
So in that reagard, as a child of the 70's I consider the great ones the guys who built a legacy based on those things. Heck we thought dropkicks were showstoppers. Most guys back then punched, kicked and clotheslined. It was a different time, and we did not care that no one did moonsaults. It was about the fued, and it made sense that when two guys hated each other they punched and kicked.
Today's internet fan is far more concerned about in ring ability, however I will say I don't think the average fan who is not a smart mark is concerend with that as much as the IWC fans are, but the fueds are not as intense. The era of Kayfabe is over. They do love the high spots.
But it boils down to this, we are all fans of the guys we grew up with. The guys from my era will never accept any argument that Flair and Thesz are not the greatest, but children of the 80's will prop up Hogan just as children of the 90's will cry Rock and Austin. In ten years their will be a huge rising of fans who actually will declare Cena as the greatest ever. I think that is crazy but they will not, and they will dismiss me as an old timer.
This website is living proof. While I know in my 40 years of wrestling fandom that Flair is the man (no offense to Thesz), bar none (even though I am not a fan of his), he will be ignored just as he is in the GOAT thread on this site in spite of all of the things we list as qualities of the GOAT.
So it is really about how old you are and less about what criteria you use for many fans. Try telling a kid from the 60's that the Packers are not the greatest team ever, or a child of the 70's that it's not the Steelers or 72 Phins.
Last edited by Greenlawler; 11-18-2012 at 11:54 PM.