Asking JAMES ELLSWORTH for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Jan 2014
Re: These young guys being afraid of Sting
I dont think its that we're not used to it, in some form, as wrestling fans, i think it's more that we're used to seeing it presented in a certain way that tna isnt implementing.
Im really hoping my memory isnt failing me here, as it very well could be as ive not accessed the tombs of wrestling knowledge in my brain for years, but rhodes worked best in ecw as a surprise run in guy for whomever he happened to be aligned with. When it came time for his single matches, the few that he had, he had the allure of being a credible threat because of who he was affiliated with or, in failing that, the weapons he had at his disposal to function as equalizers. Pretty much the same thing goes for flair, and funk, too, if i remember correctly.
Neither guy was booked as 'the unstoppable man that can beat the entjre locker room with their bare hands, even if its a surprise attack with a suped up tractor that shoots vending machines' like sting is at the end of their careers. The reason, provided im right and not making a complete ass of myself, is because it makes no psychological booking sense to put someone on the downside of their career that far over talent thats got no credibility to lose.
Granted, we're talking about tna here, but still. If youre paying sting all this money because you think hes a draw, the best way to use him would be to have him make cheaper, more pliable talent with a future, look better: no one, aside from sting, gets anything out of sting being the top babyface that the rest of the roster fears because he can destroy them at will.
roode, and by extension kurt angle, wouldve looked a million times better if roode just laughed at sting being a threat and just happily took the match.