• “I’d tend to agree with Undertaker on that. The talent has softened a bit” – WWF Veteran
During a recent appearance on Interactive Wrestling Radio, WWF Veteran Duke “The Dumpster” Droese was asked to comment on The Undertaker saying that current WWE product is “soft”.
Here’s what Droese said:
“I don’t really watch much modern wrestling. If something really cool happens, usually I’ll watch it on YouTube. I don’t really have TV. I don’t have the Network or anything like that so I don’t really keep up with it. But I would tend to agree with Taker, it was just a different time.
We had a much tougher road schedule, it was a much different company. It was still very much a ‘Mom & Pop’ operation, Mom & Pop McMahon, obviously. There weren’t shareholders and all of that stuff. There wasn’t a bunch of writers and a team of doctors in the back to help you if you got hurt. You know, we had to get along on our own. You had to be a certain kind of tough to make it on that schedule. It was rough! And, it was just a different breed of people.
You know, later on when Vince opened up the ‘Entertainment’ part of it and made it World Wrestling Entertainment and started doing movies, you had an influx of people who were not necessarily pro wrestling minded who were just trying to use it to get into movies or into different aspects of entertainment. It was just a different breed of guys.
Now, that is not to say that people today aren’t tough. They still beat their bodies up in all kinds of ways I’m sure. Certainly not as much…It is more of a TV product now than a road show. It was flipped back then. We were doing tons of live dates.
But I’d tend to agree with Taker on that. The talent has softened a bit [laughs]. That is not to say that they’re weak or they’re wimps. But it took a special kind of tough to handle that road schedule back then.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 22, 1993) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Manhattan Center in New York City, New York and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania IX’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Scott Taylor
2. Tatanka & The Nasty Boys vs. Shawn Michaels & The Beverly Brothers
3. Crush vs. Terry Taylor
4. Skinner vs. The Undertaker