I remember watching the Rise & Fall of ECW DVD and Heyman’s statement about WWF/WCW being behind the times in the early-/mid-90s (similar to hair bands – > grunge in rock music) is so so accurate and important.
Instead of using more realistic storylines (good positive example being the timeless brother vs brother jealousy story with Bret & Owen) they rely on a giant in a ridiculous costume attacking a deadman to sell tickets
Instead of a modern updated look (see Nirvana, Gangster Rap etc as inspirations), guys still had their mullets and buttugly 80s trunks
Instead of fresh timely rough-edged gimmicks we get clowns, fatass King Kongs and dentists
Instead of a more extreme, realistic, fastpaced approach to the inring product (highflying cruiserweights, streetfights and blood feuds) we get casket matches, strap matches and oldschool slowmotion ironman matches (sorry I really don’t get the love for the WM12 main event)
And they wondered why the product stank and business was in the toilet for many years?
Your take on this?