Incredible drama and crowd reactions in this clip. Make me long for the days gone by when wrestling seemed real. Perhaps the simple three-cameras setup helped (along with the great characters in the ring). For some reason, this looks like a real fight. No fancy moves. No gimmicks.
In comparison, today's wrestling is very flashy and full of visual graphics, much like a video game. Is it possible that wrestling today has gone too far with its production to the point that it's overproduced and detracts from the suspension of disbelief?
(yes, I realize I'm using the old school WWF logo when the clip is NWA wrestling, but it's close enough)
I think it's difficult to separate nostalgia from quality whn discussing the inevitable evolution of the wrestling business. The changes you describe were necessary for WWF and its competitors to survive the information-technology revolution of the nineties. Vince McMahon deperately clung to the overdramatic, face vs. heel approach through the early-to-mid-nineties, and it nearly killed him when a frshr, sharpr competitor in the form of WCW came along.
Simply put, there came a point when attempting to make wrestling as realistic as possible was a losing enterprise. The fans got wise and the business became a national punchline. The big companies had to embrace the surreality of their product - choreographed fights between trained gymnasts - or face extinction.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
1)Dusty really was a fat-ass but still managed to look quite credible in the ring. :-) Some latent muscles hidden behind all those mounds of fat I suspect. 2) Great camera angle and superb pacing. I remember a PPV where HHH took on Big Show(who was handicapped because of an "injured" arm which was nicely plastered. Those guys REALLY told an amazing story!
I'd be interested to see the hourly ratings. Did it start off low or did it drop off after the Austin/Rock verbal confrontation? Next week's rating will be interesting with Austin hyped to be in a "match" against Bischoff.