A lot of you may remember one Vincent K. McMahon spewing the buzz pharse at the time.
Something along the lines that the WWF is no longer GOOD guy/BAD guy which was *passe*, but it's more like real life where characters are a shade of grey. Let the fans decide who they are going to cheer for.
Now that's not an exact quote, I'm sure it's out there, maybe in the CRZ archive, I'm just not sure where. It does bring up an interesting point though. Where has that shade of grey gone?
It was surely an ECW style of attitude. Throw two guys out there and let the fans decide who to root for. Gone were the prayers and the vitamins. Gone were the evil forieners. There were still guys that resembled good and guys that resembled bad, but there were a hell of a lot more guys toeing the line. It made for good t.v..
The WWE seems to have fallen back into Good Guy vs Bad Guy. We don't get to pick between Taker and HHH. We are suppossed to cheer the Game and boo Taker. That's the way it is. Why has the WWE gone to something that only 2-3 years ago was *passe*? Wouldn't you like to pick who you cheer for? Wouldn't mixed crowd reactions add needed HEAT to matches? I don't know. I think that they would.
Good post. I often think of this myself, just yesterday in fact. And I may be full of it, but I still think some of the recent return to good guy vs. bad guy (i.e. the return of Hogan and the nostalgia for him, babyface HHH, etc.) may be attributed to a post-9/11 deal. Americans are fighting a war, times are tense, and we want (and/or need) clear images of good vs. clear, objective evil. It's not the 90s anymore, where the Cold War was over, Bill Clinton was screwing interns, and "America Gone Wild" was all over TV. As Generation X gets older and at the same time is trying to fight a war against "evil terrorists," you see a harkening back to an age where things were not as grey and a desire for everything else that goes with the happy-go-lucky 80s. (Where else are Transformers being sought after again?)
However, this possible Undertaker face push *may* be a sign that the WWE wants to return to the Attitude days. It's only one thing so far and only time will tell, but maybe now that we're no longer worrying about terrorist attacks as much (sure, we were all freaked for awhile waiting for the next one, but now we all seem to think it is inevitable and people may not be caring as much anymore, we just hope we're not there when it hits) we will start to see more of the cheer for whoever you want "gladiator" kind of deal that we saw in the 90s? Or maybe another attack will hit, Americans will pull together strongly once again, and Hogan will be pushed to another title reign. I don't know, I'm probably making too much of this whole connection thing but I think theres something there.
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Originally posted by odessasteps There are rumors from the usual sources that some in the Titan office want to put the belt on Angle and have him feud with both faces and heels, sort of a throwback to the touring NWA champion.
one can only dream the wwe will chose this path...for whatever reason i think angle with the title just seems right..he is your olympic hero...i hope they make him the first guy to hold it for a year since deisel
STAND BACK.....THERES A HURRICANE COMMING THROUGH!!!!
Was there ever that much grey area back then, or was that just a catch phrase. I remember Vince doing the speech right after Bret left, well right after Bret left Austin started gettting his push, and I thought it was pretty much a given that Austin is the face and anyone who challenged him usually a corperation memeber was the heel. They had new DX led by H who was the face and the Nation was the heel. The only real grey section was the DOA vs. Los Stereotypes but that was more because I couldn't give a rats ass for either.
Maybe I'm just forgetting something, but was there a major angle back then that truly had the crowd split and you really couldn't figure out who was the good guy and who was the bad. There were heel that were cheered (ala Austin) but he quickly jumped over and started attacking more and more heels then faces in a short period of time.
I don't get it, everyone loves rats, but they don't want to drink the rats milk?
More cynical fans like myself MIGHT say that this match was booked so that certain, ahem, Legends are not required to do a job. But certainly we don't see those type things happen in THE worldwide leader in sports entertainment, now do we?