Ideally, wrestling should blend storylines and in-ring action to create a product in which the two aspects of sports entertainment compliment each other. The story is interesting, while the actual wrestling satisfies and completes or elevates the story with great shows of athleticism. But of course, that doesn't always happen, and more often than not, there's an imbalance between the two.
So, which do you prefer in such cases? Do you get more into the fun storylines, or are you far more interested in seeing a five star match? Moreover, do you actually find one of these two aspects of wrestling completely dull and uninteresting, and you only watch for the aspect you enjoy?
For me, in the beginning, I was much more interested in the characters and the stories than I was in the matches. This was mostly when I was a kid, and I was a little Hulkamaniac. As I got older, I came to appreciate the craft of wrestling more, and now, give me a great Chris Benoit match any day of the week instead of an interview segment. I'd much rather see a great match with no story than a bad match with a great story.
Of course, there are people like Kurt Angle, who have great, entertaining, interesting characters, and put on great matches on top of it.
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When I first started watching, the storylines roped me in. When Shawn Michaels came along, I started appreciating the matches more than the stories. These days, the writers seem pretty hapless as far as storylines go - so I've come to appreciate a good match even more.
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In a perfect world, great storylines and great matches would be wonderful. I would love to see the perfect marriage between the two, but we don't get them. I think the quality of the storyline determines the quality of the match.
To me, storylines around title belts are more compelling. Think Brock Vs. Rock over the Undisputed Belt. It was a classic story of new blood going after the old blood for the belt. It was played out perfectly and the match was damn good.
I'm thinking back to the match between Edge Vs. Booker T. over the Japanese Shampoo Commercial. Horrible storyline, but a fairly good match.
Well, there's no doubt that when storylines and matches are in sync, it's magic. Sometimes, when an okay storyline interferes in a perfectly good match, it can kill my buzz alright. If said storyline is soap operatic to the point of intolerance (like the Linda McMahon sanitarium angle), well, that's when I go off.
I'm not ignoring this topic -- quite the contrary, I think its really interesting, but I'm having some trouble figuring out exactly where I am on it.
My basic gist seems to be that I have to be (or get) interested in at least one of the characters in a match. I can get interested in a character because of really strong technical skills, but I need something more than just that to stay interested over time. Good storylines are a vehicle for deeper character development, so that's something that can help keep me interested.
I can think of a couple of guys that I've lost interest in because their ring work was sloppy (to my eye, at least), & I can't really get too jazzed about seeing their matches. There are also a couple of guys that I'm interested enough in to tolerate some bad technical ring work. Although these guys are usually doing *something* else in the ring that is entertaining in some way.
What does that add up to? A great big "I dunno." (How about if I go for a walk on the beach -- maybe I'll figure it all out, eh?)
I think my very favourite individual moment of the year was right after Benoit won his championship title, & Eddie came out to celebrate with him. Don't know what it was about that, but it was so cool/sweet/nice/touching.