Post by ED2099 is: bouncing his way up on Jan 20, 2008 3:25:39 GMT -5
And Gypsy Joe... umm.... Gypsy Joe........ isn't dead?
Sorry, that's just the only thing positive I can find about him...
Well, he survived three legitimate baseball bat whacks to the head, so you have to admire him for being a mighty tuff bastard (even if he did entice New Jack to beat the crap out of him by no-selling an entire match).
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Yeah, as long as they're healthy and can still go at it, they can definitely be an asset. You take a guy like a Ric Flair, a Shawn Michaels, an Undertaker, even a guy on the indies like a Honky Tonk Man... these guys can be very beneficial to young talent both inside and outside the ring if both parties are willing.
Plus they can help draw in initial crowds and interest which can help a fed so long as it doesn't strictly rely on them.
Post by Professor Chaos on Jan 20, 2008 19:51:41 GMT -5
Got no problem with guys in their 40's. By the time they hit 50 I think they're too old so should just be used sparingly by that point if they still can wrestle and draw. A lot of the top stars from the 80's, 90's, and today are in their 40's and still great.
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Post by Tea & Crumpets on Jan 22, 2008 14:21:04 GMT -5
Changes with every guy. El Pantera and Skayde are well into their forties but no way would I want them to retire. Both are still better fliers than many young guys. Dreamer, Sabu, sandman and RVd are on the cusp of 40 yet can still go.
Flair, Funk and Abby are all ancient and are good at what they do, but based on their age, health and future porspects in-ring, I'd rather they finally hang it up and retire. Especially Funk, he'll die in the ring one day if he doesn't.
Batista's over 40 and has never been great IO, I'd rather he retire. Taker and HBK are over 40 and are still great, so i wouldn't want them to retire.
And Japanese guys can be 70 and still put on 5* clinics. Misawa's around 45. Kawada's around 43. Kobashi's around 42. All are still great. Taue's nearly 50 and still is good. Tenryu's well over 50 yet is still a pretty good worker. All seem pretty healthy too, so I wouldn't want or expect them to retire for a while.
EDIT: Cripes, I didn't realise Sasaki was over 40. He goes on the 5* OAP list too.