Awards Moderator HarmonicGenerator Posted February 9, 2021 Awards Moderator Share Posted February 9, 2021 (edited) What are the individual matches that you think had such an impact they changed the wider world of wrestling through their influence? For good or ill. It works really well for a company one time, so they start building it into their matches more and more - or a single match affects a whole bunch of up-and-coming wrestlers who use what that match did in their own careers. For example, I think if we hadn't had Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24, then one of the main event styles of modern WWE - the "SHOUT THE STORY OUT LOUD SO THEY ALL GET IT", overly melodramatic style we've seen a lot of recently - probably never happens. "I'm sorry, I love you" has a lot to answer for. The other main event style that WWE seems to have at the moment is the super-quick finisher sprint and that appears to all go back to Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series and again at WrestleMania one-of-the-30s. Worked brilliantly then, but the novelty has worn off now that pretty much any match either of the two of them have now is that. Especially if it's like last year's WrestleMania where we got one on each night. Thinking much further back, the obvious one is Undertaker vs Mankind at King Of The Ring 98. It's more than 20 years now but it still feels like any big bump off something high can't help but be compared to that match. Will anything top how memorable and shocking that first time was? Probably not, but people still seem to try. One that I was thinking about that is probably much more demonstrably wrong is the Kenta Kobashi vs Kensuke Sasaki match from NOAH in 2005. Kobashi and his mates' classic matches from the 90s were always held up as the greatest things ever when I first started reading wrestling stuff online, but the Sasaki match felt like the first time one was happening right then - and thanks to the likes of TWC and Rapidshare and Megaupload, you didn't need a tape trader to be able to see it. To me, it felt like the first classic Japanese match (whether it was a classic or not) that was more widely available, and I do wonder how much of the modern choppy-choppy-choppy-choppy style we get these days came from this match and people focusing on them chopping each other really hard a whole lot, but missing the point of why they were doing it. What other individual matches are there that probably influenced a style, or changed how wrestling is done? (And why are the ones I mentioned wrong?) Edited February 9, 2021 by HarmonicGenerator Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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