Over the past couple of months I have seen people all over the internet and in person talk about TNA Wrestling‘s Aces & 8s and WCW‘s NWO and how they are similar and different. In other words, they compare each faction. They compare them and then rate them. They rate them in greatness. They say will they fall in wrestling history. Well, how can you rate them? Can we rate greatness anymore?
I love going back in time and picking out some of the biggest stars and groups in wrestling history. We had huge stars and fractions back then. We had Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, The Four Horsemen, D-Generation X and many others. We like to compare those top dogs to the stars of today and the factions of today. We like to compare them to AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, CM Punk, The Shield, Main Event Mafia, and lots others. The question I have is… how do we compare?
I see people compare star by star based on their wrestling skill. Does wrestling skill matter in today’s age? I mean, The Great Khali was WWE Champion before. Can we compare them based on mic work? Sting barely spoke when he was The Crow and he won the WCW World Title. The last thing is reaction. Can we really compare based on crowd reaction? Just look at the crowd now. It’s a different era. There were a lot more people watching in the 90s than today. There are a lot more families with children than there were in the late 90s. Can we compare greatness?
I can understand how people can compare Aces & 8s to the NWO, but there is a fine line on where you can compare. You can’t compare popularity. You can’t compare who accomplished more because it is all scripted. You can compare by saying Hulk Hogan was part of the NWO while only Bully Ray is part of Aces & 8s. Even that sounds a bit crazy. I don’t think you can compare the factions because you just don’t know how to compare them.
Superstars are superstars. The superstars in the 80s and 90s are different than the stars of today. Are they comparable? Sure. As long as you know what you are comparing whether it is in-ring work, mic work, or fan popularity. Comparing each other and by just being “great” is quite unheard of.
Do you agree?