When you go back to previous eras, who is better than you remember?
For me, if I go back to say, early 90s or the AE etc, I've found myself thinking 'Wow XXXX is so much better now I can appreciate their work more'.
For me the obvious ones are the Bret Harts, Owen, Shawn, Angle, Austin and Rock - especially Bret who might be the most 'real' guy I think I've ever seen. Austin's initial 96 heel run I think is the best heel I've ever seen going back too.
The Rockers: Absolute excitement in a bottle rocket. Perfect for opening exciting matches. Incredible tandem offence. Going back for the first time to 90, 91 etc I thought holy fuck these guys are good.
Model Rick Martel: Funny accent aside, what a professional. Virtually without fault in the ring, great psychology, knew exactly how goofy to be and when.
Million Dollar Man: Holy shit. Anything this guy couldn't do? Promos - gold. Ring work - gold. Character work in general - gold. Holy fuck that laugh as well. You just wanted to see him get his.
Jacques Rougeau: I'm a total mark for this guy, especially as The Mountie. Just another guy who had a total grasp of how OTT he needed to be for the time, how to make the face look great and where and when to take his beating. Great OTT promos and fuck he sang all his entrance songs.
Hollywood Blondes: So, so good. I could watch Brian Pillman do that heel laugh he did all day long. Both so cocky, Austin really showing what he was made of so early in the business. Tremendous sellers, psychology and everything. They really worked together well.
Undertaker in his early years, say 90/91/92: Hear me out. Were his matches technically great? Hell no, but go back and see his movement around the ring, his slow speed, the no-selling, the sit up, the sudden exploding fast jumping clothesline, the rolling back eyes. Make no mistake, Calloway built that character on those things alone. Without that great character work IMO the gimmick would've lasted 12 months under a lesser guy.
You could go on all night about Perfect, Rude, AA and the like who were awesome and I love - but the above guys stand out for me as especially going 'wow' when going back to check the time period out.
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