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Old 04-21-2013, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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80% of wrestling fans thought it was real.. heels almost got killed getting out of the arena sometimes.. heels and faces traveled apart.. they never left their gimmick outside the ring..

then vince came along with wrestling entertainment, like that was a good fucking idea.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It was in some ways

1st and formost it saved many guys lifes
2nd off it made wrestling easy on them, if he had not done that wrestlers would of been going form place to place no making much money and if they got hurt they would not get paid, it was a VERY hard life before vince came along, he made it more easy then it was
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Thanks for the info, gramps. I do remember reading somewhere about the crazy shit that used to happen.
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Default Re: Do you young fans know that in the 80s..

uhh.. yea.. vince had to trademark fucking wrestling. i hate him. people wonder why hogan was so over.. crowds crying when he would start getting beat down.. THEY THOUGHT THE SHIT WAS REAL.
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80% of wrestling fans thought it was real.. heels almost got killed getting out of the arena sometimes.. heels and faces traveled apart.. they never left their gimmick outside the ring..

then vince came along with wrestling entertainment, like that was a good fucking idea.
how could you blame vince for this

most of his wrestlers lived the gimmick out of the ring

And his heels were just as hated. Watch the kinda nuclear heat Piper was getting pre mania 1 after kicking Lauper

And dont get me started on Hogan losing the belt on SNME. According to the observer, the point of the ending was to be so confusing, the fans would be so confused they wouldnt riot

the reason kayfabe declined was because of the observer, common sense, steroid trial, and eventually in the 90s, the internet
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yea.. the internet.. steroids didnt say it was fake.. how come common sense didnt kick in until the 90s??
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First off, thank you for making such a stupid thread. Secondly, people were going to figure out that wrestling was real sooner or later. It would've damn near been impossible to hide it with the internet hitting people's homes. Are you seriously upset with Vince McMahon for realizing that and using it to his advantage?
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heels and faces traveled apart.. they never left their gimmick outside the ring..



also 80% that believed it was real would've realized it was fake with the advent of the internet. i also don't believe that 80% number at all. maybe 80% of toothless dudes in north carolina.
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Default Re: Do you young fans know that in the 80s..

First of all where did you get that number?

Second pro wrestling was not over exposed back then as it is today.

Third if the wwf didn't become so popular in the 80's where Vince Mcmahon felt it was okay to break kayfabe it wouldn't have been broken out of fear of business tanking(it did somewhat, but that is another story and topic).

Fourth MANY media outlets would say pro wrestling was fake, but the mystique was that the WWF/NWA/AWA kept kayfabe and people didn't know EXACTLY how fake it is or how it all "worked".

If someone becomes a fan today it is WAY easier to learn how it all works within a few hours because of all the info online.

Fifth I still think having kayfabe isn't wrong and would actually FORCE the company to be creative without using cheap stunts. It is a reason why the Attitude Era imo had an advantage because it played by different rules than the previous generations.

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Default Re: Do you young fans know that in the 80s..

It was probably half in half by the boom in the 80s. And I don't think losing kayfabe, in the sense it got out it was scripted, was a bad thing. Did some of the mystique go away? Yeah, but it was replaced with the mystique and appreciation of the art form itself for once. I mean, the AE was huge despite nearly everyone knowing it was scripted by that point. And really, the great performers and wrestlers can still make you suspend that disbelief and wonder "was that real?". Also there can still be the "what will happen?! Who will win?!" in matches. That never disappeared.
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