Re: Direct Comparison: 1998 to 2012-13
You cannot compare 1998 to 2012-13 AT ALL.
In 1998 they were given much more leniency, more free reign over what they could do, there was competition from other organisations and the general idea of kayfabe was still very strong to most people. Nowadays with nearly everyone and their grandmother searching the internet for news on that guy from the arse end of nowhere who had an injury at a house show, and reading up on what storylines are coming round in six months, it's pretty hard for people to suspend disbelief. Hell, most are more worried about what rating a show gets rather than watch the fucking show themselves.
People are forever saying asinine things like 'nobody from today would get over in 1998'. That is complete and utter horseshit. Couple that with the fact everybody is assigned their position with no allowance to test new and fresh ideas, the contrived camera angles, the Hollywood storylines, the social media, the streaming websites, the glass ceilings, if you're not impressing people from the very start then you won't get very far. CM Punk is an exception.