– ECW Legend On How Wrestlers Didn’t Knew Anything Heading Into Their Match Back In The Day
During a recent edition of “The Taz Show” podcast, ECW Legend Taz discussed Ric Flair’s “30 For 30” documentary and the part where it was discussed how wrestling didn’t knew anything heading into a match back in the day.
Below is what Taz said:
“I heard Ric say like his first match, no one told him nothing. You’ve heard me talk a lot about that type of stuff when I first broke in and how it used to be there during my generation. Well, the generation before mine which was Ric Flair’s generation they were worse than my generation – with that meaning you knew very little when you were a wrestler.
When you got in that ring you didn’t know much. They didn’t tell you nothing. It wasn’t like some people think where they sit there and they walk you through it. It’s a different generation now. The kids wrestling today, it’s totally different. The way it was back then, you were thrown in the water literally and see if you could swim.
You were set up for failure and those who could succeed were winners. That’s how it worked. Today they set these kids up for success. But that’s how I really feel about the different generations.
When I heard Ric talk about that and Ric’s older than me and you know he’s had a lot more matches than me and a lot more success than me, but I could tell you that’s how it was for me. I didn’t know the word kayfabe, man. When I was just coming up and I wouldn’t know who’s gonna win the match until like last minute. So you had to call everything in the ring.
I liked that came out in that documentary for casual fans to understand that and for even hardcore fans to understand how different it was back then for wrestlers and it was a lot harder than now. There was nobody holding your f***ing hand. That’s my point. It was hard because it was a mind f***.
You heard Ricky Steamboat on the special, on the 30 for 30. Ricky Steamboat said when he trained with Verne Gagne, it was the hardest thing he ever had to do in his life. I’ve never talked to Ricky and I never talked to Ricky about this but I could tell…. I promise you, Ricky Steamboat is not just talking physical.
I guarantee you Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair or Greg Gagne, they were training with Verne Gagne and everybody else he came up, you can’t put into words how hard it is physically, but nevertheless mentally. And I bet you that’s what Ricky Steamboat was talking too – how hard it is mentally.
So Ric Flair comes from that world. I got a good chunk of that world when I came up and it was for me the hardest thing I ever had to do also. So I know what Ricky Steamboat was saying and how tough it was.”
– Rumor Killer On The Rock Turning Down A Role In Ric Flair’s “30 For 30” Documentary, Viewership For This Documentary Revealed
Sports Illustrated recently noted how the director of Ric Flair’s “30 For 30” documentary was not able to get The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin & Paul Heyman to be on this documentary.
Below is what SI posted:
“Karpf said he interviewed 46 people for the doc (the filming started in Sept. 2015 and post-production ended this month) and what he pulled from pro wrestling icons such as Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels is particularly compelling. (Karpf said the only people from the wrestling world he wanted for the film but failed to get were Steve Austin, Paul Heyman and The Rock.)”
This automatically began rumors that The Rock turned down a role in this documentary. However, Old School WWF Legend The Rock cleared things up on Twitter by tweeting the following:
Turned down? Not true. Ric and his fam are very good friends of mine and my family.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 6, 2017
Speaking of this documentary, it drew a viewership of 1.8 million on ESPN.