Hope all is well.
2 unrelated questions.
Watching old stuff on the network and the back body drop was a move that appeared in like every match. A simple spot that looked impressive.
Why did it go away? Was it decided to be unsafe? Not enough control during the fall? Or did it just become passé? I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen it in this era.
Why was Mania 22 back in Chicago at the AllState arena? I know it’s hosted several times and Chicago is a major market for them. But they’d already done huge arena shows in Toronto, Houston and Seattle for 17, 18 and 19. MSG for 20 made sense and I guess LA for 21 is what it is without really a suitable outdoor facility at the time. But a year after that they’re at Ford Field in Detroit with 80,000 and they’ve never looked back from the stadiums. I understand 20 and 21. But seems like 22 could have been back in a stadium.
Flat back bumps in general have seemingly become phased out, probably for obvious reasons. Too many guys wrecking themselves on painkillers. I’ve noticed in recent years that guys are more likely to take a rolling or side bump. Sean Waltman used to take the best backdrops and now he’s barely able to move outside of his big spots.
The WM22 arena is just because things are booked far in advance, and at the time they were setting up locations they just weren’t hot enough to justify a stadium show. It really took that 21 show with Cena getting the title to make Wrestlemania into the "event sells the show" feel that it needed to run stadiums again, I think.