Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: commentary booth shaped like a couch
Re: What is the appeal of "wrasslin'"?
I'm fascinated by storytelling in all forms - books, comics, television, films, song lyrics, the news, other people's lives and yes, wrasslin.
My favourite wrestling promotions right now are New Japan & PWG. I don't watch WWE or TNA unless a lot of people are raving about a particular match or segment. In NJPW, the majority of the story telling takes place from bell to bell, through match structure, moves, facial expressions, gestures, rivalries, outcomes, title quests, nods to previous encounters etc. PWG is mostly about the wrestling, but again subtle stories develop from match to match & are reinforced by the best commentary in the business.
For me, Russo's attempts at story telling (particularly once he was off Vince's leash) were a complete joke - terrible lack of continuity, no emotional investment, throw everything at the wall & see what sticks. Basically, wrestling as a third rate soap opera for teenage boys - which is fine if that's what you're looking for.