Originally Posted by Mike Zybyszko
I started watching late in the Backlund era, and I enjoy all eras except the modern one from the time JBL left to now. I think the product has sucked far worse in that time frame than any other. I have researched extensively in all eras prior to the one I grew up with, and watched matches where possible.
I think the current era has been so bad that it will be recognized as such for many decades into the future.
Mike Z I agree, with one exception the early 90's were horrid and almost killed the fan base. The territories were devoid of all their stars and most were dead, the AWA was dying and was no better than any other local promotion, the WCW was an absolut joke. Although WCW had some talent they had horrid angles, and storylines. The WWF may have ruled the era but even they were struggling.
I grew up in the 70's and do think it was just a fabulous era, but as I have gotten older I understand that the product was itself territorial and if you grew up in a territory that was not as good as another you were out of luck.
I don't think it is a neccessary thing to expect wrestling fans to grow. I mean the definition of a fan itself is so sujective. I would say that if you try and pass yourself off as someone who is "educated" in the sport you should try and learn a little before passing yourself off as anything other than a casual fan. In that sense yes maybe you should try and grow but I don't believe that is needed for the average Joe who enjoys the sport.