I think I am one of few (atleast on this forum) who doesn't care for storytelling, selling, psychology etc.. I love a spotfest, and a Richards vs Edwards match is great to watch imo. I really prefer fast paced hard-hitting matches.
I'm a bit in the same boat, at least as far as selling is concerned. I've loved plenty of matches that had great limbwork that was executed well on the part of the guy doing the workover and sold well by the guy on the receiving end, but if that stuff is completely absent in a match, I don't really notice, because frankly I just find it more realistic.
An important thing that I feel like a lot of people who analyze wrestling matches forget is that within the context of the fictional world being presented on any given wrestling show, professional wrestling is a sport
. And with very few exceptions, in sports, I tend to see two kinds of injuries: the kind that render an athlete completely unable to compete, and the kind that the guy works through with no noticeable effect on his game. And if a guy gets hurt in the course of a game/match/fight -- not truly "injured," but just hurt, as which 99% of limbwork is presented -- the audience barely even notices most of the time, except to say "Ooh, that must've hurt" or something to that effect. And the fictional sport that is professional wrestling belongs to the same family of sport as boxing or MMA, where hurting your opponent in such a fashion is not only an unavoidable consequence of a physical and aggressive game (as in, say, American football or rugby or whatever), but simply the way the game is played.
As for storytelling, it's absolutely essential for me to enjoy a match, but I have a much broader definition of it than I think most people do. My ideal for storytelling in wrestling is All Japan in the '90s, where the booking was so deep and layered it deserved comparison to the best TV dramas, and guys like Misawa, Kawada, and Kobashi -- who would've been world-class in-ring performers even without the amazing booking (as they proved after the AJPW/NOAH split) -- could respond accordingly. But really, every
pro wrestling match has a story built in: "Two guys (or girls, or teams, or whatever) are going to fight. If it's a title match, the winner gets the title. If it's not, the winner gets more money and gets closer to a title shot. Who's gonna win?" I love it when the story goes deeper than that. But if it doesn't, that's not necessarily a knock. A match may be what most people would dismiss as a "spotfest," but unless it's a Teddy Hart match or something, I don't see that as grounds for casual dismissal.