Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jim Ross on Kevin Nash's Grantland take

As you have most likely heard by now, Kevin Nash said the following in a Grantland piece.
"When Benoit and Guerrero hugged [at the end of WrestleMania XX], that was the end of the business," he says. "Has business been the same since that WrestleMania? Has it come close to the Austin era? Has it come close to the nWo or the Hogan era?
Big Kev went on to make an analogy that I am not even going to tackle here (although TH did over at TWB).  Upon reading this I wondered what some of the respected voices in the business might say about it.  Where does Jim Ross, for example, stand on Kevin Nash's controversial comments?  I think this part of his response probably cuts to the heart of the matter best:
I'm an old school guy who thinks that wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and that the final, final decree on how well said talents produce is ultimately left up to the consumer aka the fans.

Lots of sub six feet tall athletes have been huge box office draws in the biz over the years. There are too many to mention here.
That is how I see it as well. There is no one right way to be a wrestling star in my opinion. Beyond that, the industry would be boring if we only had bodybuilder types, small athletic types or whatever. They say that variety is the spice of life and I think that is especially true in the wrestling industry.  There is no one right way that a wrestler should look, promo, behave or anything.  From my perspective as a fan, it is all about what works for that guy.  I am not a huge fan of Santino, but it is undeniable that he makes that gimmick work. Randy Orton could not pull that off, but he is excellent in his role.  That contrast in styles makes the product more entertaining and is necessary in my opinion.

You can check out the rest of Good Ol' JR's take at JR's Place (

The Grantland piece that Nash's original comments came from is linked here as well for your convenience (Kevin Nash's Next Angle).