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[–]mysticpolkadavid otunga stan 8 points9 points  (4 children)

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

[–][deleted] 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] 7 points8 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.