In the current day and age of wrestling, things seem a lot more scripted and planned out than the ‘good old days,’ otherwise known as the ‘Golden Era’ of wrestling. Today a lot of it has to do with the pyrotechnics, music, and the overall production that gets sent out for weekly television viewers.
If a week goes by and a top star of the company doesn’t appear, people jump on websites and forums to voice their complainants. Back in the old days, getting to see a regional star or a national star was a big deal, but today it’s just something people expect.
The days of jobbers and two-minute TV squashes are over, as today everything is about advancing feuds with the big name stars of the company. The champions also change a lot more than they did years ago and if you don’t watch for 1-2 weeks, you can miss a lot, including a title change.
Today we take a walk down memory lane, looking at some of the good ‘old’ times in wrestling and give you the top 10 reasons wrestling was better in the Golden Era.
10 Less PPVs Equaled Better PPVs In the Golden Era
9 Managers Were a Big Part of the Industry
8 More ‘House Shows’ Per Year Gave Fans More of a Chance to See Their Favorite Stars Live
7 Feuds Always Had a Longer Build
6 Heels Were Allowed to Be Heels
5 Too Much TV Means Too Much Exposure of Top Stars
4 Titles Held Prestige and Meant Something
3 There Were No ‘Dirt Sheets’ to Tip Fans Off
2 Wrestlers Were Better Storytellers
1 Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair Leading the Best Wrestling Ever
When two of the greatest wrestling legends of all-time were topping their two respective companies, the sport was never better. It didn’t matter if you liked WWE with Hulk Hogan as the forerunner or NWA/WCW with Ric Flair ‘stylin and proflin’, as both companies had plenty of positives that had fans coming back. From house shows to televised events to PPVs, the talent and matches still rank as some of the best ever. Fans embraced the product for its freshness and innovative ideas and this led to one of the best times in wrestling history, highlighted by Hogan and Flair.
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