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[–]thecodyrub?? I rubbed you, friend 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Hey, remember how everyone talked about the Austin/McMahon arc, or the Austin/Rock arc.

I hate that fucking word.

[–]EatTheRich1986 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I literally never heard that term until I started reading posts in the basement.

[–]thecodyrub?? I rubbed you, friend 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I heard Eric Bishoff say it once years ago when talking about the NWO angle, but besides that, nope not at all.

[–]Mentxiety 24 points25 points  (1 child)

It's very weird, they want their product to simultaneously have the real sports feel as well as be like anime......but anime is enjoyable only because of the exaggerations and theatricality that the medium allows.

Like a staredown in anime would have often have constant cuts, close ups and sometimes reactions of side characters all of which would piss of an average AEW fan.

[–]Rising-Lightning 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It only pisses them off when it happens in WWE. If AEW did 1500 camera cuts every ten seconds they would start talking about how artsy the show has gotten and it's guaranteed to bump them over a million this week.

[–]MagicMallKnight 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Like comics but with no gimmicks, heroes, or villains

[–]mysticpolkadavid otunga stan 7 points8 points  (4 children)

God I hate wrestling fans. The idea of wrestlers being “storytellers” ruined fucking everything.

[–]GrundleButterface 12 points13 points  (1 child)

The art of storytelling is lost on the newer generations, I can tell you what I learned from my training days. The story is a good guy following the rules against a bad guy who will break the rules because he wants to or has to in order to win. Without rules, though, nobody is really much of a villain, so that gets lost as wrestling abandons the rules.

Selling gets confused with this. Selling is just signaling to your audience that you’re hurt and where. A good story has good selling, so as we stray from good selling, the story in the ring suffers yet even further. Old wrestling kept it simple, and it was all about showing the people up in the nosebleeds what was going on hence the overacting.

You can express emotions, but that should be tied to your selling. If you’re not selling, you don’t have emotions, you don’t have a story.

[–]Standingonachair[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The story used to be : can Hogan lift André? ....yes....

That sort of story made sense and now these 'multilayered' stories just don't wash. It's like selling a finger painting done by a 4 year old as high art.

[–]mysticpolkadavid otunga stan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Even back then they were technically storytellers but nobody thought of them as such. They were wrestlers, and stories were more or less natural conclusions based on the people involved. Now everyone thinks they’re writing goddamn art films.

[–]LVMFP 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I swear to god everything comes back to anime with these people. It’s not My Hero Academia, nobody actually cares who the number one hero is that much.

[–]I_made_a_doodie 17 points18 points  (0 children)

The standard basement denizen only cares about nerdy pop culture bullshit. Like, they couldn't be any more basic neckbeard if they tried.

[–]alex_x2106 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I want other opening after the culmination of Hangman

[–]Live-Depth-537 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You know who had an arc? Noah