It was tough for us “old school” folks to see the new era of pro wrestling come in. I lost interest in the sport I loved as a child and participated in as an adult. Sure, the guys today who make it to the “big time” make some good money. However, once they are done with you, where can you go? There are few other territories to go to where you can make the same or more money. I always said that the most sceptical fan in the audience never left disappointed. They might have laughed at us and scoffed at the legions of true fans, but they never complained about not getting their money’s worth, I will miss those days.
H. “Duke” West (Formerly the Canadian Rose)
So true and well said copper.
Well I say this. How could Vince keep the classic style going? You, George, like The Chief, Bruno, Nikolai and the roster of greats were not getting any younger. The times were changing with the onset of sheets and the internet. The classic style, which in my opinion was the best, could not go on forever. We, as fans believed, regardless of what we were told by know it alls. The blood was real, the injuries were real and in our hearts, the wrestlers were real. You molded lives, gave refuge to the sad and lonley, it was just different then.
As it has been said, if you get it, there is no explanation necessary, if you don’t get it, none will do. And I think Vince, being the greatest fan of all knew it. And as a business man made the necessary adjustment. Not to knock today’s wrestlers, but nobody cares. Because nobody believes. It’s like going to the circus. You see a great show, you go home and you forget about it. In my day, we went home and couldn’t wait for the next TV show and the next month’s show. Because we had monthly shows then. We talked to our wrestling friends about what we saw, what might happen next. The excitment generated when George “The Animal” Steele was back in the WWWF! We lived it, for it and carried the flag when people scoffed at it.
By the way, 30 years ago tonight George, you vs. Backlund at the Spectrum. Even the Spectrum is gone! But here is a cool story. One night I was ringside at the Baltimore Civic Center. You were you and went outside the ring. The tables went over, the old men from the athletic commission ran for their lives. Cussing you the whole time. But we loved it and I thank you for it.
The Cartoon timing was great for Nikita. Remember as George The Animal Steele I really tested the waters for Vinnie McMahon and the cartoon era.
I always loved when George would take the match outside the ring. You just never knew what could happen. One night at the Boston Garden, around 1969, George and Killer Kowalski were in a cage match, which you would expect to finish inside the cage. No way. George and the Killer took the match up into the stands, body-slamming each other over the seats in the loge area, with fans scattering in every direction. Eventually, they received a police escort out of the Garden! What a night!!
I remember that I like the tnt show it was good.
I just hated when Vince turn it in a cartoon back then.I wished Vince would put out a best of TNT on dvd.Thanks for sharing bring back the old days even though some i wish i could just forget.
That show started when we were in college, and quickly became one of the best comedies on TV. Besides anything involving yourself or Roddy Piper, the funniest segment was the one where David Schultz shot off a rifle in front of Vince and Lord Hayes.
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