Let me start off by saying I probably haven’t watched a WWE episode in at least four years.
Having said that, when I was scrolling through the TV listings and saw Old School in the show description, I decided to tune in and see what kind of surprises they had in store for wrestling fans.
How cool was it to see Mean Gene Okerlund come out of that tunnel. His voice is still as distinctive as ever. He could still do the job today if the WWE head honchos let him.
I loved hearing Howard Finkel do some of the ring announcing. He has a much better presence than the current loser doing the job, Justin Roberts. Trust me, I have several years of professional announcing experience, so I feel I can say that with complete confidence that I am correct.
I could have done without some of the old school wrestlers trying to fight the newer guys. It’s not a win for either side. I mean seriously, what good does it do for Ezekiel Jackson to lose to the Brooklyn Brawler. How much would it have set back Alberto Del Rio to lose to Sgt. Slaughter?
Why didn’t they set up a few matches between the old guys themselves? I would have loved to see “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan bash someone over the head with his trusty 2x4. I’ll bet Ron Simmons still has a few “Damn” good moves.
The Divas all ganging up with Mae Young against LayCool was a nice twist. You knew something was going to happen when they made it a no disqualification match.
I liked when we got to the very end and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper reminded John Cena that there were plenty of WWF/WWE superstars who never got the chance to be champion. He specifically mentioned that it would be disrespectful to those legends if Cena gave Wade Barrett the belt.
This might actually set Cena up for a major heel turn, as now he’d be giving not only the fans but the legends a great big F-U if he helped Barrett win.
Piper said it best at the end: “If you had a problem you handled it.” Maybe as other articles suggested on here, the WWE is setting itself up for an attitude adjustment, and this is the best way to signal that change.
All in all this night took me back to the 80s when I was a young kid enjoying wrestling with my brother and my dad.
If it doesn't bring a change, at least I enjoyed the show. It could have been better, but at the same time, I still enjoyed seeing all the old wrestlers I liked watching way back when.