Learning to break kayfabe
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Re: Lance Storm
Lance Storm made me a wrestling fan.
I don't think some of the posters ITT realize just how bad WWF was in the early and mid '90s. There were wrestling garbage men, wrestling car thieves, evil dentists, morbidly obese rappers, and numerous other gimmicks that were insulting to the intelligence of the fans. It was anything but vanilla, and it f**king sucked. WWF was a joke, and a bad one at that.
In spring '97 I hated wrestling just like everyone else I knew did, when by some stroke of luck I flipped onto the Spanish station at 1AM on a Sunday morning. I was awe-struck by what I saw. Chris Candido, Lance Storm, Rob Van Dam, and Sabu, 4 people who I previously didn't know existed, were putting on the most jaw-dropping display of athletic artistry I had ever seen. I was immediately a fan. I immediately did a 180 and respected pro wrestlers. And I started setting the VCR to tape every episode of ECW Hardcore TV that showed up in the middle of the night.
I was a fan of a lot of ECW wrestlers, but Storm playing straight-man to Candido's Heenanesque buffonery, while simultaneously wrestling their asses off, was one of ECW's best acts. They had great matches with stars like Van Dam and Sabu, but also pulled damn good ones out of guys like a track marked Axl Rotten, and Raven in the midst of an Oxycontin haze.
When Storm jumped to WCW and later WWF/E, he was often paired with young or just plain terrible wrestlers and he never failed to make his opponents look credible. Being a cold, emotionless heel was his gimmick... as was acting like a boring dork at the end of his WWE run. People hated him because he was good at his job, not bad at it.
Wrestling is subjective and I don't expect everyone to like the same sort of thing, but when I hear people saying that Lance Storm sucked because he was boring I have to think that at least some of them are marks who can't see through a storyline.
Feel free to flame away. I've said my piece.