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Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
When looking at the history of wrestling, in terms of things like match quality, I think we're moving towards a direction that baseball is now, in terms of it's "Live Ball" era. Because, if we judged pitchers by ERA and wins, then all of the pitchers in the Live Ball Era (which ended in what, 30s or so) would just be substantially better. The game isn't the same. Look at football, last year there were all of a sudden like 3 guys who broke 5,000 yards passing, and breaking Marino's record. Sports evolve. And, sure enough, so does wrestling. If you get a group of 12 year olds, who watch the current product, I'd bet they'd be bored out of their minds watching Jake the Snake or Savage/Steamboat. The way that WWE constructs a match in the ring, and how they produce Monday Night Raw has become so rich in just sheer product value, with fancy sets and fireworks and high definition this and that. It's grown into a very contemporary, almost foreign concept to a lot of people. (Now, duh, I know that wrestling evolves like this throughout history all the time, and I could be overreacting, but it reminds me of when the Nintendo 64 followed up the Super Nintendo, and everybody was like WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS because the leap was incredible).
It reminds me of at my old job, I'd talk to one of the janitors every now and then, and he had to have been around 50, give or take a bunch. Ambiguous stage. Anyways, he became aware that I was a fan of pro wrestling, and he came and talked about it with me, and would drop names like Lou Thesz, and he talked about how it was just a soap opera, "they're all actors now". Now perhaps we could suffice to say that wrestlers, even in the 50s, were actors. But these guys have lines and do skits and don't even have real matches sometimes. It's just totally not the same, not at all, to him. So I find it really difficult to compare a lot of matches from era to era (The Barry Bonds versus Babe Ruth argument, sans roids if you want) because they're so different. Apples and Oranges. Brock Lesnar in a 1927 ring would be an alien. It would be the most extraordinary thing they'd seen.
I guess this is my really roundabout way of saying that I have trouble comparing WrestlemMania main events circa, 2009, versus WrestleMania main events circa, 1985. The product is better now, also because of the in-ring athleticism as well as medical science supporting these guys, things that are clear advantages of our era. No?
That being said, top Mania main events consist of
1. Benoit-HBK-HHH Mania 20
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