Today I want to talk about something that I don’t think many wrestling fans think about. That aspect is how to change a good match into a bad one, and a bad one into a good one. I will talk about an example of each and how they were affected by the changing aspect.
The good match is Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle from Summerslam 2001. This was a good match, but it became bad because of how it ended, a disqualification. Austin and Angle were battling for the WWE Title in the co-main event of the second biggest Pay-Per-View of the year, and the match doesn’t have a legit finish. That is somewhat insulting to the fans in attendance, as well as watching on PPV who spent their hard-earned money to see an actual ending, not a cheap ending. I know that it was done to further the storyline, but it cheapens the greatness of the performance before the ending.
The bad match is Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 20. It’s a bad match because both men left the WWE afterwards and phoned it in. It is a must watch match simply because of the crowds negative reaction to it. When you have the crowd chant “You sold out” “Boring” “This math sucks” and “Hey Hey Hey Goodbye”, its can make even the most boring match highly entertaining. This match could have been good with the right effort from the competitors, but their lack of interest and the crowd dumping all of them its why this match is memorable.
It’s things these type of things that can change the entire outlook of the match, think about that next time you watch.
Until next time, switch up the good and bad