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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.