Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Jun 2006
Re: Small guys as Main Eventers
It's an interesting call. I would say that: size is one of the factors which makes the "IT factor" in general. but I wouldn't say it's a must. in order to be THE top gay of the company, there is one thing you must have and it's the "bigger than life" thing. If we take a look on the past-present top gays of the best known companies (WWE, WCW, etc), the vast majority were bigger than life (perhaps only Bret Hart, HBK and Flair are not fit to this roll). but surelly not all of them were/ are big guys:
Hulk Hogan in the 80's & early 90's: a big man
Ultimate Warrior in late 80's & early 90's: avarage
Bill Goldberg of the late 90's, in WCW days: not this big. I would say avarage
Steve Austin in the late 90's: not big at all, even below avarage
The Rock in the late 90's & early 2000's: avarage
John Cena in the last 7 years: avarage
Undertaker in the last couple of years: a huge man
you can easilly see that the majority of those mega-stars weren't that big in size. some have the bad-ass look, like Warrior, Hogan, Taker and Goldberg, while some haven't- Rock, Austin, and Cena.
but all of them had that thing of "bigger than life". everything about them was sensational to the fans. when their music played you knew something big is going to happen. when they got a big (and sometimes dangerous) mission to do you knew they will survive and will end as victorious. when they were prepered to a big clash with their ennemies in the ring you knew they will be with the upperhand, at the end. and all of that for one reason: they were bigger than life. some of them were believable and some of them totally not, but in the end of the day there are 2 ellements which metter the most: booking and crowd reactions. those top guys mentioned above were booked very strongly and were connected with the audience perfectlly. that's what made their character so big.
some have the bad-ass look, like Warrior, Hogan, Taker and Goldberg, while some haven't- Rock, Austin, and Cena