Learning to break kayfabe
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How kids regard wrestling?
I was thinging about how I remembered watching wrestling as a kid as opposed to when I was in collage as opposed to now. When I was 12 I marked out for Hogan like so many others and I was thinking do most of the little kids today that love Cena so much will probable reguard Cena the way wrestling fans 30+ years old reguard Hogan. Will they be objective about it or embarassed. I asked my friends 12 year old son who is a wrestling fan who his favorite is and he responded Cena. Later I was talking to my friend about 80's era wrestling and the kid asked us who is Hulk Hogan, is he green? Did we fee old then. We laughed and tried to explain how Hogan and Cena were similar but it went right over the kids head and he went right back to his Cena and Orton action figures in a little huff. I guess its generational thing and he did not like us talking about his hero in less than glowing terms.
When I was in collage the attitude era was present and I loved it. It was like going from black and white TV to watching full color and I thought it was infinitely superior to my childhood fan experience. By and large the product was superior to the simplistic stories of my childhood. The guys were cool, the girls were hot and the action was great. I was a good time to be a fan. That eventually ended and the product further evolved to become what it is today with a new crop of stars. I try to be objective about how I compare my experience over the ears. Thinking back there is not really much difference between the eras. The guys look for the most part look the same, the girls now where less that in the attitude era but there are less sleasy gimmicks and the storylines are a bid less lurid. The camera quality is superoir and the production value is better, but it seems to me that there is just something missing in todays wrestling, personalities. Dont get me wrong the I am not saying the produce today is bad its just that its too comfortable with where it is and is unwilling to rock to boat like it did in the past.
There is alot of talk on the fourm how one era was better than another and why. We in the IWC have the benefit of the internet to compare the product between then and now. In the 80's if the internet had been available then I am sure the fans then would have expressed their opinions just as emphatically as we do now about the 80's compared to the 60's and 70's. My question to you all is does it really matter what was better as long as you enjoyed the time you spent watching it. Today I think the in ring product has never been better overall, every era has guys that could not wrestle out of a wet paper bag. What is your favorite era, why and how did it compare to your fan experience when you were a kid?
Last edited by lorex; 02-04-2013 at 01:44 AM.