Things that made the old school better than today Dec 18, 2012 0:09:40 GMT -5
Post by saintpat on Dec 18, 2012 0:09:40 GMT -5
I grew up in the territories era and got hooked during that time, and as a consumer of the product, the great things about territories is they pretty much never got stale. You might have a core group of faces and heels that stayed in a territory for a long time, but others would show up or leave often enough that you had new feuds -- the heels might bring in Abdullah the Butcher for a month or so to run roughshod over the faces, or perhaps a Stan Hansen would come in to join forces with Dusty after the heels seemed to really have the upper hand.
And just when you think the babyfaces had triumphed ... maybe the Freebirds pop into the territory and terrorize the good guys. Ect., etc.
Between where we lived and the TV available plus the fact that we usually spent a good deal of the summer at the beach some hours away, I had access to four territories on a regular basis. I saw Sting/Warrior a few times on TV when they were teaming together in their earliest days -- I remember it clearly because of the facepaint, which I had never seen.
I agree with the idea that it helped wrestlers develop and mostly to learn to listen to the crowd and find out what it took to get over in any given town on any given night. The indies today, although I certainly like some promotions and some guys, seem to develop a lot of sameness -- MMA-light vanilla midgets and spot monkeys mostly. And what it takes to get over there has little relationship to what it takes to move up to WWE and play in the big leagues.