The Undertaker recently discussed what he thinks is wrong with wrestling today and why the business is headed down a bad road.
Like anything in the entertainment industry, over the decades professional wrestling has had to evolve to survive. More often than not, if you show a modern-day fan a classic match from the 1970s or even the early '80s, they'll wonder what all the fuss is about. That's because of the athleticism that is now commonplace in wrestling.
It really takes someone doing something almost unbelievable to shock fans nowadays. Ricochet turning in the air three or four times before he lands on an opponent. Your run of the mill shooting star presses and 450 splashes simply won't cut it anymore, not if you want a match to really stand out. The Undertaker knows a thing or two about evolving and has recently spoken out about the industry being on a dangerous path.
An upcoming documentary created my Onnit follows the journey of independent wrestlers Aaron Solow and Ricky Starks. When passing through Texas, the tag team catches up with The Deadman and he gives the pair some words of wisdom. Onnit has provided a preview of their chat with the surefire Hall Of Famer, during which he explains a key part of the business that is being overlooked all too often nowadays.
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"Everybody’s calling, they want to backflip off this and into that. Once you do that a couple of times, it’s like, ‘OK, what do you got now?’," Taker told the pair. The former WWE Champion highlighted that telling stories is the most important part of being a great wrestler with longevity. It's hard to argue with him as looking back over his career, The Undertaker might well be the best storyteller the business has ever seen.
Most of you reading this are probably guilty of being wowed by some of the stuff Taker is talking about. Honestly, it's hard not to be. There is a place for it in wrestling, though. However, too much importance has been placed on it. You need look no further than the rivalry between Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa that raged on throughout 2018 for proof that a well-told story beats a spot show in wrestling every single time.