Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase Criticizes Modern Wrestling

Ted DiBiase shares his thoughts on modern wrestling dynamics.

by Atia Mukhtar
Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase Criticizes Modern Wrestling
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The debate among professional wrestling fans over whether today's wrestling measures up to the revered "Attitude" or "Ruthless Aggression" Eras is ongoing. Adding fuel to this debate, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase recently shared his concerns about modern wrestling on his podcast, "Everybody's Got A Pod." In the latest episode, DiBiase, known as "The Million Dollar Man," expressed his dissatisfaction with the current state of professional wrestling.

"You watch it now, and it looks like a tumbling match, you know what I'm saying?" he remarked. He elaborated on his point by criticizing the frequent use of no-selling high spots, which he believes diminishes their impact. "You take a great big beautiful bump over the top rope, hit the ground, and bounce up to your feet like nothing happened.

Well, so what? It was pointless," DiBiase explained.

Wrestling vs. Movies

DiBiase also drew a comparison between modern wrestling and the evolution of movies. He mentioned classic films like "The Alamo," emphasizing how their storytelling and pacing contributed to their lasting impact.

"A big portion of that story was the wives and the kids, the setup, and showing you just what they were having to do, what they were going to have to face," he said. "It wasn't just 'bang-bang-bang'.. the whole story wasn't about the fight." According to DiBiase, the essence of the narrative in both films and wrestling lies in the buildup.

He believes that modern wrestling lacks this crucial element, making the fights less exciting. "The buildup was what made the fights exciting," he noted, implying that today's wrestling matches are missing the dramatic storytelling that once captivated audiences.

DiBiase's critique echoes the sentiments of many veterans who feel that modern wrestling has strayed from its roots. As fans continue to debate the merits of current wrestling compared to past eras, voices like DiBiase's add depth to the conversation, highlighting the ongoing evolution of this beloved sport.

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