Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: Analyze This: Greatest of All Times
Exactly. Unless we are wrestling historians and share the same amount of respect for each era, our answers are going to be biased based on what era we grew up in.
So IMO, there is no correct or incorrect answer. For example, if you were to say Lou Thesz or Bruno, I couldn't disagree because it was before my time and with the business taking off even more since, it makes their accomplishments and drawing power look inferior, eventhough they had some part in making wrestling popular long before guys like Hogan or Rock were around.
For example, I looked up drawing power and from what I've seen, Bruno was a HUGE draw consistently. But in years since, we tend to think that only recent guys are true draws simply because this is the era some of us favor and we choose not to look back at the true history of professional wrestling and how guys took it from a carnival act to a globally respected & profitable business. Hell, I've even read a report of matches between Frank Gotch and George Hackenschmidt in the early 20th century making front page news around the world on par with the World Cup or Super Bowl today. Gotch has since been referred to as "the Hulk Hogan of his day" and lifted the sport to new heights, back when it was a legitimate sport. But fans today won't really buy into that due to the culture, age difference or just plain disdain for wrestling pre-1984.