Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Oct 2012
Re: Analyze This: Hardcore Respect
I agree with Flair to a point, not about Foley but hardcore wrestling in general. Extreme wrestling took out the art of wrestling, working a crowd, storytelling and replaced it with people getting hit with chairs for no rhyme or reason. It is sort of the same way I feel about indy wrestling a lot of the time, it is just spot after spot, when it isn't contributing to developing the story of the match, but is just put in there for no reason.
In the case of Mick Foley, he was much more than just a stuntman, his matches in the WWF told a story, his characters told stories and he contributed a whole lot to the attitude era. Those tough, extreme guys are sometimes needed to give legitimacy to the product and other wrestlers. Look at what Foley did for HBK, HHH, The Rock. He gave them much needed legitimacy.
I thought ECW was probably the closest thing to an extreme wrestling promotion that I found bearable. I have tried watching CZW and XPW, but I just can't get through the matches. A hardcore match is supposed to be the end of a feud, when they hate each other so much that only a hardcore match or street fight is suitable to end it.
I remember Paul Heyman saying that ECW's style was used to enhance the positives of his workers and hide the negatives. And I think that is what hardcore wrestling has become, guys who maybe aren't as athletic or great on the mic or have good in-ring psychology can use hardcore to cover up their flaws. But then again it doesn't explain for guys like Terry Funk, who were great in other aspects of wrestling, maybe that was just his personal preference.
Mick Foley is my favourite 'hardcore' wrestler, because he was great at every aspect of wrestling and then his added hardcore was just another element. I hate when people call Mick Foley a hardcore legend, he is a legend full-stop, not just a hardcore legend.