Originally Posted by Combat Analyst
Shouldn't the greatest wrestlers be able to work with a limited moveset? Look at HBK, He put on 2 consecutive classics with Undertaker @ Wrestlemania, and none of the movesets were overly complex, or in abundance.
Steve Austin had 4 moves in the WWF: punch, punch, punch and Stunner. And the WWE fans loved it. The same fans who love John Cena. The company doesn't care about impressing true wrestling fans, they just want their crowds to cheer or boo loud. A great wrestler can work a great match using only punches, sure. In front of a crowd that expects that crap. Give em a Benoit vs. Angle Wrestlemania match though and pay attention because that is how it's done right. RVD said on the Bloodstained Memoirs DVD that WWE fans want to see the same moves from the same guys every time. They don't want to see anything new. And he was right. And when I say WWE fans, I'm talking the masses you see on TV, not people who are true fans of the real wrestling. Sammy or Generico will always be a great wrestler who doesn't have to rely on punches, but he has a spectacular move set and to have him use a tornado ddt for a finisher is just tragic. I know the WWE policy on piledrivers and brainbusters, but accidents happen with many types of moves. Misawa was killed by a belly to back suplex. Plum Mariko died from a powerbomb. Moves we see all the time. But Lawler did piledrivers for decades and did them safe and everything was ok. Owen's square driver that busted Austin's neck was maybe too risky, even for those 2 technicians (yes, Austin did have some serious ring skills before the Stone Cold persona), so there are moves that shouldn't be tried I think, but Vince has gone a little too far this time. Sometimes I think he signs guys just so the competition can't get them and use them right.