Whether or not Edge and Randy Orton actually had the greatest wresting match ever at Backlash, at least one viewer says he nearly shed a tear watching – The Undertaker.
“Edge and Randy, honestly, it almost brought a tear to my eye because I haven’t seen that type of wrestling match in so long,” he told Corey Graves on After The Bell. “That is what professional wrestling is, or what it’s supposed to be, in my opinion.”
Taker’s affection for the match was part of a larger conversation about today’s wrestling style, of which he’s less of a fan. “The athletes of today are like comic book stuff, superhero stuff on what they can do. But I think they rely too much on that aspect of their performance and not enough on their character and their willingness to sell and to make things mean something,” he said.
He expands by saying that, while the athleticism of many of the younger guys is impressive, audiences become unimpressed quickly. “They are going to get desensitized to the double backflip off the top to somebody on the floor,” he argued. “They are going to see it a couple times and then go ‘Okay, I’ve seen that, now what do you have for me?'”
The Undertaker also said that wrestlers are shortening their shelf lives by being so acrobatic. “It’s self-preservation. You have to work smart to make this last. That doesn’t mean you take the day off. You can work hard and you should work hard every night. But you have to work smart,” he argued. “I think the guys right now are relying too much on athleticism and not enough on storytelling.”
It’s the same criticism that the aforementioned Randy Orton gave to the NXT roster during a media call last week. “If you only get three or four years of a career with WWE because you did a lot of careless, reckless, dangerous moves, you would have to look back and kick yourself in the ass and wish that you didn’t,” he said. “There’s a smarter way to do it. Smarter, not harder.”
If veterans like The Undertaker and Randy Orton are in agreement, maybe there’s something to it.