In the most recent episode of his podcast Hall of Fame, WWE and WCW legend Booker T talked about how the business has changed and what he believes needs to be brought back to improve the current products.
“I think we just got to go back to what wrestling was,” said Booker T. “What wrestling was, is characters like ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. That is organically made, you can’t create that, you can’t learn that in a school. Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, you can’t manufacture something that is organic. Guys like Bret Hart, Sting, Ric Flair, those guys built their careers going around the world and getting worldly talent. The went all over learning their craft.”
According to Booker, when WWE began it’s “PG era”, something fundamental changed in the way that wrestling worked.
“When we went to the PG era, that kind of flipped the script a bit. It went almost to a television show,” said Booker.
“Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, you think you can give him a script and ask him to follow this script and say these words verbatim? That’s not going to happen,” he said.
Booker acknowledge that what made the “great characters” he mentioned was great promo work and that the greats of before didn’t have to follow a script.
He also talked about the importance of “real life experience” in enabling wrestlers to hone their craft and their characters.
“A lot of guys in the wrestling business have never been in a real fight, so they don’t know how to react in these promos. These are really young guys. Guys back in the day had a lot of worldly experiences, they know what it’s like to have someone say something stupid and fight breaks out, they relied on real experiences” he explained.