Great wrestling is awesome if it works within the story.... But just wrasslin' on its own? It belongs on the weekends like we used to get with WCW Saturday Night and stuff like that.Stone Cold, The Rock, and Hulk Hogan arguably the best and most entertaining wrestlers of all time. And none of them were good "wrestlers" in their prime. So why is wrestling so important to so many fans nowadays?
And the charcters reflected the wrestling, and vice versa. They look, walk and talk like old-school heels, and they work like old-school heels.Because in the modern day, a great and exciting match is absolutely required to keep the crowd's attention most of the time. This is especially important because WWE are piss poor with storytelling and feuds in general these days, so wrestlers going in there and putting on great wrestling matches can often be the only thing that can keep the crowds, and people watching at home, invested.
If a wrestler can't put on an exciting match which keeps the crowd on the edge of their seat wondering what's going to happen next, then they're going to be limited in how much the crowd are going to get into them, unless of course they play an excellent character and have pre existing heat/overness with a crowd. A great example of this? The Revival in NXT, they became one of the most popular acts arguably in all of pro wrestling, why? Because they're great wrestlers who know how to work an exciting and unpredictable match and use heel tactics efficiently. Are they good characters? Sure, but their matches were absolutely exceptional. Entertainment comes in many forms and great matches are definitely one of them.
I won't disagree with that, though say if they used the same kind of tactics, but they were considerably slower, and failed to do anything outside of the norm (WWE tag wrestling is very formulaic these days, but teams like Revival and DIY sort of broke away from that mould), you could still use the argument that they were wrestling like their characters, but i virtually guarantee they'd be nowhere near as popular, because the matches would have been unremarkable, hell, they probably wouldn't even be on the main roster at the minute if they didn't catch people's eye with their vast number of MOTY contenders.And the charcters reflected the wrestling, and vice versa. They look, walk and talk like old-school heels, and they work like old-school heels.
That's where I think a lot wrestlers today struggle. The character and what they do in the ring are separate. Austin, Rock, and Hogan all worked like the character they played.
Fans has turned away from there being next to NO good storylines. While the workrate part has its flaws, the quality of it is much better than their own characters and storylines they put on.is it? fans have turned away from this workrate oriented product