Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
Re: The greatest wrestler on the planet is....
Tanahashi isn't even the best wrestler in his company, let alone the world. I'm not even a big New Japan fan but I could probably name at least 5 wrestlers on their roster better than he is. Christ he wasn't even the reason the match turned out as well as it did, Suzuki put in arguably his career performance and contributed far more towards the match. I'm not incinuating Tanahshi was shite or anything, but Suzuki's performance was good enough that Tanahashi really wasn't forced to do much outside of bump and build to his comeback: which is probably for the better because I don't think he's very good when forced to do more than that.
Anyways you can't really try and expect WWE to change their style, when it represents the US style of wrestling which has always existed. You're not going to get many Puro esque matches in WWE aside from when Benoit, Finlay and Regal wrestled, and even then that was far closer to a European style match than Puro. US wrestling is all about the characters, a more relaxed style of wrestling with a greater importance placed on what you do in between the moves, i.e reacting to a crowd, selling a match with your facial expressions and communicating your emotions to the crowd etc. Its been that way whether you're an NWA fan, a WWWF fan in the Backlund era, a Mid South/Memphis fan or even in the Attitude Era. Sure different territories and companies altered their style so the NWA style differed from your Hogan matches, but there were still a lot of similarities in terms of the layout and structure behind a match, its just what has worked for US wrestling.
The likes of Japan and Britain traditionally have more pure contests with a greater emphasis on the striking and wrestling aspect, rather than the characters who are wrestling. They treat it more as a legit sport of athleticism and technique compared to America.