10 Things Old School Fans Miss About Wrestling
Old school WWE fans used to have to wait months just to see their favorite superstars face off against anyone who had their own action figures. If they wanted to watch a big event, they had to actually watch it live or get their moms to tape it on a VHS. There are a LOT of things the younger generation of WWE fans miss out on while they soak up their on-demand 24/7 wrestling content. Most of the amazing ridiculousness of the 80s and 90s have vanished from the current landscape. Let's see ten amazing things that old school fans miss about professional wrestling.
#1 Jobs as gimmicks
Back in the day a wrestler's gimmick was basically a regular job turned evil. They were tax attorneys or evil dentists or evil clowns or evil garbage men. If it sounds stupid, well, that's because it was. But that's what made it fun.
Seeing wrestlers bleed didn't make old school fans want to go out and cut up our friends' forehead when were kids. It just made us want to squirt ketchup packets on each other, which is delicious.
#3 Overweight wrestlers
Where have all the husky men gone? Overweight wrestlers used to be a staple of the wrestling landscape. Their impressive girth always made their moves look more painful than an average sized superstar. They could turn a simple bear hug into a crushing maneuver and don't even get me started on their splashes. Every large wrestler had a great splash that they could use to break a babyface's ribs.
#4 The Blue Cage
Just look at the glory of the blue cage. Visually, it was a much more impressive structure than the normal, chain-length fence that you can see sitting in your own backyard. The blue cage was likely abandoned because it was so freaking heavy, but the weight of the steel is what made it look so dangerous.
#5 Backstage promos before matches
Although these promos can still be seen in WWE, but the difference now is the poor women who are asked to get interviews are told to ask one question and then do nothing more than give a blank stare as the interviewee rambles gets their lines out. Old school fans remember legends like Mean Gene who were just as important to the interviews as the superstars involved. Gene felt like a real journalist who was forced to take a job in the circus.
#6 Street clothes for street fights
How are we supposed to know you are in a street fight if you aren't wearing street clothes? As ridiculous as it may seem, seeing wrestlers dropping their spandex in favor of denim and work boots always made the fights feel more "real" than the ones in the ring.
#7 Heel managers
Heel managers were a staple of old school wrestling. At one point, every single bad guy in the WWE was represented by some sort of snivelling little weasel that talked big talk but always hid behind the monstrous men they were manipulating. Heel managers built entire stables that they would use to try and collect gold, fame and fortune in the WWE. Each of these managers seemed to come with their own special weapon of choice.
#8 Wrestlers singing their own theme songs
If you've made it all the way to the WWE and get your own, customized theme song, why wouldn't you want to sing it yourself? The WWE doesn't want to spring for the rights to purchase songs by any musicians you've ever heard of, so we are generally stuck with aggressive generic guitar riffs. Let's spice things up by getting these dudes back on the mic. Just imagine how much more over Roman Reigns would be if he was singing his own theme song.
Whether it be Ricky Morton's Kentucky Waterfall or Tatanka's Native Cascade, nearly every hero of our youth once sported a mullet and it was glorious! They were all business in the ring and party in the back.
#10 Tearing off the shirt to reveal a different shirt underneath
There was no more dramatic way to announce your allegiances than by tearing off your t shirt to reveal the t shirt of a rival group/gang underneath. It was the absolute best way to turn heel or face and it has sadly been lost in the modern era.