Just unbelievably embarrassing listening to Cornette sometimes.
I don't get his ranting about how wrestling is yet ruined by people knowing its not real and that he understand why people still like it despite the knowledge. That secret was out of the bag long before he started his career. If anything he insults wrestling by saying there's no point in watching if you know its scripted.
Now of course fans know more than they did in the 80s, and a big part of that does somewhat ruin things. The WWE often try to make surprise returns and appearances a surprise, but the Smarks often ruin it. They started chanting "We want Lesnar" before he made his surprise return.
Knowing the art and how it works gives fans even more respect for wrestling. People who know nothing about it believe that there is no skill or pain involved, we smarks know better. So if anything there is nothing wrong with the smarks, the industry just needs to hide conceal its booking and behind the scenes dirt better.
He is incredibly retrograde and arguing that pro-wrestling (itself an extremely retrograde style of entertainment) has changed too much. It's the same argument that we should go back to 8-bit graphics in video games, stage productions in dramatic productions, small venues in music, etc. People angry that the things they once liked passed them by.
The crux of his usual argument is that the ECW/Attitude/NWO era desensitized wrestling fans to the old tricks that worked for decades and gave birth to a product that was little more than the wrestling equivalent of The Jerry Springer Show. In an interview he recently did with Roddy Piper, he talks about how 'hot shotting' worked in the old wrestling territories. When business was down, a territory would ramp up the violence and profanity for a little while and then pull it back after people started coming to the matches again. He thinks that promotions like ECW and writers like Vince Russo took hot shotting to the extreme in the '90s, causing the industry to crash and burn and giving McMahon the opportunity to buy the competition for pennies on the dollar. Now that the WWE has a virtual monopoly on the wrestling business, they have no incentive to innovate and the product has become a bland flavorless mess.
I don't know how accurate his argument is because I stopped watching wrestling long before the Attitude era. A couple of my friends were into that stuff, but it always struck me as a really lame attempt at '90s-style edginess, even when it was new. I remember audibly groaning when I first saw Steve Austin chugging a beer in the ring. I obviously wasn't their target audience.
What I find more interesting is the 'shoot' culture that developed on the internet over the last decade. I really like listening to old wrestlers tell behind-the-scenes stories even though I haven't watched wrestling since I was a kid in the '80s.
I certainly believe he's exaggerating the lack of interest in wrestling. Its still popular. I think really he's bemoaning a lack of interest in smaller independent promotions. WWE is doing just fine, of course.
Wrestling is about grown men sitting on each others faces. Anyone with a double digit age who watches this for non-sexual reasons is a pathetic retard.
Aww, iddint dat cute, oddeye wants attention!
I stopped watching wrestling habitually after Foley retired, but I do enjoy listening to the old-timers tell territory stories.
If you find it erotic that's on you.
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