Biggest spot monkey in wrestling history?
Take a look, carefully examine, and choose.
BUT READ THIS FIRST:
A "spot", in Professional Wrestling lingo, is a move as scripted into a match, including the reaction by the opponent. Some (particularly younger) wrestlers know a lot of great spots, which look absolutely brutal and require a great degree of athleticism, and yet they still don't really know how to wrestle; they have no idea how to tell a story in their matches, or even the basics of acting like something really hurt. They're the type of wrestlers who will do a Triple-Tope-Quebradora-Con-Queso through three flaming tables onto a bed of thumbtacks and ground glass wired with explosives, and then get up like nothing happened, only to perform an even more spectacular spot later in the match. These wrestlers are referred to as Spot Monkeys by fans, and their matches are often Spotfests (in other words, spot after spot with little or no rhyme or reason to them).
Interestingly, the term "Spot Monkey" is being used quite similarly to "Mary Sue" in its overuse. It's quickly losing its definition and becoming shorthand for "wrestler I don't like."
Name the top 5 spot monkeys.
My list would be:
1. Shane McMahon
3. John Morrison
5. Mick Foley
Guys like Shane McMahon built his career on high spots.
One of the biggest "spot monkeys" was Sabu. He just flipped and flopped all over the ring in disparate stunts having no flow to them.
New Jack was another. Hit his opponents with various objects then dive off a balcony to put his opponent through a table.
John Morrison was one, too, before he learned how to make a match flow smoothly from one move to the next. He just hit a move, then did something completely different for no reason other than he knew how to do that other move, too.
Jeff Hardy will probably get mentioned a lot, but he's much less of a "spot monkey" than he used to be. Jeff used to just Sabu his matches, flipping and flopping all over the place for the sole purpose being because he could. But he has learned to wrestle in-between his "spots" and make those stunts seem more logical in the context of the match, instead of just one random stunt after another. At least he can wrestle now.
Last edited by Adyman : 11-16-2012 at 04:39 AM.