WWE: 5 More Things I Miss in Wrestling
I appreciate the comments that many of you have made about my previous slideshows that chronicle the things that I miss in pro wrestling. Your comments have made me appreciate the many things that wrestling has brought me the last two decades.
This will probably be my last slideshow covering this topic unless I get an overwhelming desire to keep up with it.
5. Tag Team Partners Holding the Rope in the Corner
Years ago, it was understood that, by rule, a tag team partner must hold on to the rope in his particular corner. If he tried to stray away, the referee would quickly direct him back to the corner and order him to hold onto the rope.
Somewhere over the last 10 years, that rope has become a symbol of wrestling's history. I am not even sure if the rope is there anymore, and if it is, does anyone bother holding on to it?
Granted, the tag team divisions have not been as good as they could be, but this is one small aspect of wrestling's history that I miss.
4. Ric Flair's Face Plant
The video says it all. I am not sure if we will ever have another character in the squared circle the likes of Ric Flair. Even at the top of his game, the Nature Boy could make people laugh.
3. Gorilla Monsoon
Gorilla was one of the best. What made him so special in my opinion is that he made each match sound like it was teetering on the brink of disaster. Mix that with his constant dialogue with Bobby Heenan, and Gorilla made wrestling worth watching.
I do think the announcer plays an important role in the match, but with Gorilla, it was almost as if he was necessary for the match. He passed away years ago, and he and his tinted glasses will always be missed.
2. Wrestling Robes
Ric Flair was not the only one who wore elaborate robes, as many wrestlers graced the squared circle with a robe comparable to that of an evening gown worn by a celebrity at the Oscars.
These robes were fantastic and had logos on them and the wrestler's name. I am not sure about you, but I know my morning Miami Dolphins robe doubled as my wrestling robe for many of my living room brawls in the 1980s.
Be honest, how many of you wore the robe as a child?
1. Lengthy Title Runs by Superstars
If you research on the Internet, you will notice that many of the superstars of yesteryear kept their title(s) for months, and some even kept it for years. It is not uncommon that a title changes hand at a Sunday pay-per-view and is exchanged again the following night on Raw.
I have read that many people think that the titles do not mean as much as they used to, but I am not sure if that is accurate.
It might be more of the case that the public wants the change just as much as the bookers. We are a society that wants change, and if Cena has the belt too much or for too long, we complain.
Title runs should be legitimate, and the title changing hands should be an exciting moment. When wrestling becomes predictable, it becomes boring. I don't want boring. I want my wrestling.
Thank you all for reading. It is a lot of fun to think about how wrestling has changed over the years, and it has brought back a lot of good memories for me.
As a youngster, I was hooked each week to wrestling shows, and I know it still has that quality about it.
Each generation is going to remember something about wrestling while growing up, and I just hope they remember it well.