Hello, everyone. As always I would like to thank all of you once again for spending some time with me today.
As I watch Raw, Smackdown and ECW every week I seem to notice a pattern with the commentators. It seems they are constantly throwing in references of past grapplers while some of the younger stars are wrestling.
There isn’t anything groundbreaking being news that this is done. It has and will always be done as long as wrestling or any other sport is being broadcasted. The arguments I have though are with some of the comparisons.
So I decided that I would break down each comparison that I have heard on TV. I will give you my honest and unbiased opinions in the comparisons. If you disagree with me please feel free to throw in your two cents.
It is after all opinions that make BR such a great place to write on.
So with out any further delay I give you "WWE's now and then."
Tyson Kidd / Owen Hart
I only heard this comment once on ECW by Matt Stryker. I found it to be a very interesting one when I heard it. I’m not to sure if I can agree 100 percent with Stryker on this one, though. Sure there are some obvious similarities between the two.
Owen Hart is about 5'10" and Tyson Kidd stands around 5'9". You can also argue that both wrestle the same style of match. Both Owen and Tyson have the ability to mix up the aerial with solid mat work.
I can totally see how Stryker can make the comparison between the two. The only differences I see between them are the charisma level and weight difference.
Even when Owen broke into the WWE he was well over the 200 pound mark, while Tyson barely breaks the 200-pound mark. I would also argue that it’s more impressive for a 220-pounder to fly around than someone of Tyson’s size.
When it comes to the ability on the stick, I think Owen has that hands down. Owen was very gifted when it came to cutting promos. He played a great heel, and it can be easily argued that he was better at cutting a promo better then Bret Hart.
This is the one area that concerns me the most when it comes to Tyson Kidd. I know it is hard to cut a good promo when you don’t get any time on the stick. That being said you need to take advantage of the time you do get.
I think Tyson still has plenty of time to develop these skills, but lets face facts at this point of his career he should be capable of cutting a decent promo. I am also starting to wonder why he hasn’t had more promo time.
I don’t think that Tyson is even close to being what Owen Hart was in my opinion, but I can see how this comparison can be made.
Dolph Ziggler / "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig
I hear this comparison made on Smackdown very often from JR, I can see how you can compare his looks and attitude to Curt Hennig, other than that though I can’t buy this comparison at all.
Let’s face some facts people; Ziggler isn’t even close to what Curt Hennig was. Curt Hennig had the total package. He was great at cutting promos and knew how to work the crowd really well.
As far as the in-ring work between the two, that isn’t even debatable. Mr. Perfect could out-wrestle Ziggler with no legs and no arms. Curt Hennig is probably the only wrestler that I can say is possibly better than Bret Hart.
I don’t think Ziggler will ever be able to say he was a better ring worker than Hennig. I’m sure if you asked him this he would probably tell you the same. I found it more of an insult to Hennig to even compare the two.
Now don’t get me wrong, folks, I’m not saying Ziggler is bad or anything, but let's be honest with each other; he is nowhere in the league of a Mr. Perfect. That said I think Ziggler has a chance to make a real impact in the WWE.
I would have to strongly disagree with the comparisons of Ziggler to Curt Hennig.
John Morrison / HBK
This is another reference that can be heard a lot on Smackdown. As far as height and weight it is a very close match up. I would also have to agree that there is a bit of HBK seen in the style of John Morrison.
In HBK's prime he often would show up to the ring in an over-the-top costume. The same could also be said about John Morrison. They both sell and work matches well inside the ring. I think it can even be said that JoMo may even be a little better.
The only difference that I can see between the two is the ability to cut a good promo. HBK has always been strong on the stick. It can easily be said that HBK's ability to cut a good promo is probably his greatest asset.
This, like Kidd, is where I feel Morison falls very short. I have heard him cut his fair amount of promos. I don’t think he is even close to HBK in this aspect. That is not to say he wont ever get their or anything.
I just feel JoMo needs a little more work on that before we can start putting him in HBK's category. I think JoMo has a very big future ahead of him in the WWE. He may be a year or two away before we start really praising his greatness.
To compare JoMo to HBK is a fair one, I think JoMo be even better down the road. He still has a long way to go though before we can even start saying anything like that.
Yoshi Tatsu / Tajiri
This was another one of Stryker's comparisons that I’m kind of split on. When you watch both in action, you can see why the comparison was made. If you look past the kicks that both dish out, I’m not sure if I buy this comparison.
For starters, Yoshi has about four inches on Tajiri and he weighs more. Also I don’t feel that Yoshi is as talented as Tajiri.
I know in the WWE he was a mid-carder for the most part of his career, but if you ever saw him in action outside of the WWE, you know what I am talking about.
I’m not sure how Yoshi will pan out when all is said and done. I like the kid’s style in the ring, but I’m just not sure if it will sell in the WWE. I think he is better suited in maybe TNA or Japan.
I have watched some of his FCW matches and I don’t know if I can buy the comparison between the two. I think I need to see more of him before I can say he is close to what Tajiri brings to the table.
Jack Swagger / Kurt Angle
I have only heard the reference between these two made only once. I don’t know why it was never brought up again. I’m sure part of it is due to Angle being on TNA, and I’m also sure it also has to do with how he left the company.
The fact is though it was brought up and it was a very good comparison. If you compare the height and weight difference this would clearly go to Swagger. Swagger weighs 20 more pounds than him and is about six inches taller.
Once you get past that though you can see how these two are alike. Both Angle and Swagger can bring the goods into the ring. Angle is obviously better in that area due to him being a long time veteran.
I think it is fair to say though that Swagger isn’t that far behind Angle as far as grappling skills go. Angle and Swagger both have that look that says champion. As far as the ability to cut promos, this also would favor Angle.
I still think Swagger has a little ways to go in that area. That is not to say that he is bad on the stick, though. You can tell he has the potential to cut good promos; it’s just a matter of time for him to hone his skill.
While I doubt Swagger will ever accomplish all that Angle has over his career. I think it would be fair to say that he can become a big star in the wrestling world. I just hope that he is able to distance him self from the Angle comparisons.
As far as the comparison of the two; I can totally buy into this one.
Well thank you all again for spending some time with me today.
As always, have a safe and blessed day.