“Slow It Down, Kid”

[Jim] Cornette complained about [the Young Bucks] match at the Tokyo Dome with the too many moves and no selling stuff, although in the position they were in on the card, that was pretty much what the jr. tag title four-way match was supposed to be. To be fair, while I rated it high, it does go against what a lot of people are taught and what most veterans are indoctrinated about the business.

Sean Waltman said it best, that when he was young, the veterans told him to slow down because you’re hurting your body too much. But he said you’re young and you can do it that way and you don’t listen. Now he’s in the situation of being the veteran giving advice, and noting that like him when he was young , the young guys don’t listen. He also said he knows they won’t because he didn’t. But he feels compelled that his role is to still give the advice. The other aspect is that the general rule is that your drawing power prime is long after your physical prime, and that goes for combat sports and pro wrestling. But if the physical demands for doing a quality match change to where you have to be young to do it, you will make it hard for people past a certain age to be able to headline when from a historical marketing and intelligence about the business level, they would be in their drawing primes.

But that’s a constant in the business as once you get your style over you can work it slower and do less and make it work more, but first getting over is a different thing. A flip side is that this argument has gone back literally 85 years minimum, when Strangler Lewis was decrying the younger wrestlers who were doing less wrestling and more stuff that wasn’t legit, basically during the Gus Sonnenberg heyday of bringing in football players to do flying tackles, and felt this was a passing fad and it would go back to the sport of wrestling. I’ve been around long enough to see the cycle of some people saying how Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat, who were revolutionizing the working aspect of the business with their matches in the late 70s, didn’t know how to work because they did so much. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like everyone was saying it or even a prevailing view, but I also heard it, but they were the guys doing so much in their matches. Flair ended up having great longevity and those two are now looked upon as the gold standard for classic work.

Even Cornette’s own Midnight Express, who may have been the best U.S. tag team of the last 35 years, did more high flying and spectacular spots than any team up to that point. The funny thing is when I see the Bucks in PWG, it reminds me of a modernized version of the Midnight Express. Even for the Bucks, I saw them in TNA and granted, they weren’t showcased properly, but they didn’t get over to me at first past they had good matches but I didn’t see them as TV stars. Eventually I saw them elsewhere on TV, and their timing and creativity was through the roof. I also know a lot of veterans who work with those guys love doing so and praise the hell out of them, and they are awesome live show performers and you can’t watch their ROH stuff on television from this year and not say they get over great.
-Wrestling Observer Newsletter, August 24, 2015