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.
Last edited by Greenlawler; 11-21-2012 at 12:46 AM.
We tend to latch on to things we enjoyed as a kid. I started watching wrestling in the 80s but not seriously until the early 90s. I think that the bridge in-between eras are usually what I enjoy more because it shakes up the current product and preps you for the future.
A good example would be 1997. It wasn't as cookie cutter as 1996 but it wasn't as chaotic as 1998 when the Attitude Era completely took hold. As a kid that loved the New Generation Era, I thought it was great to have the two biggest stars turn heel at the same time....and then feud! I thought it was cool to watch the rise of the Ringmaster from no name nobody to the biggest star in the game. That makes it easy for me to move on. Unlike a lot of people, I enjoy following characters and character growth. It comes from all my years of loving comic books and anime.
Some people aren't that interested *shrugs*. I think fans who refuse to move on are stuck in the past because they really want to be. They try to catch lighting in a bottle and hold on to it forever not knowing that change is inevitable, it just is. I think that if wrestling or anything isn't the way you want it to be you still shouldn't try to ruin it for everyone else. That's my only issue with nostalgic fans, is they try to ruin the product for the kids and I've never seen that as my place.
Hmm, decent points OP. I began watching wrestling in 1990, and coincidentally, "The Golden Era" is my personal favorite. My favorite wrestlers happen to be Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Curt Hennig, though I prefer the first two's mid / late 90s runs over all.