Creation by Imitation

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> I found it interesting in the WON reviews that Rick Rude got his first push after being encouraged to study Jimmy Garvin and imitating some aspects of Garvin’s work in his own way. As you know, there are wrestlers who have been successful over the years in getting over by developing nuances that distinguished them from their colleagues. For example, even pre-Horsemen, Tully Blanchard was a cocky heel who was great at drawing heat while Arn Anderson had more of a "tough guy" and "straight shooter" integrity.
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> My question is considering that WWE owns footage of virtually everything from the mid-80’s on and has many guys lost in the shuffle, do you think there would be any value to taking some of these guys who look and sound the same and teach them to try cutting that promo in Tully Blanchard’s style, or "play Ricky Morton" more in a tag team match? Of course, not everyone has the ability to take direction like that and modify it to make it their own, but I think that would have more potential for success than saddling guys with a goofy gimmick with a limited shelf life (like the Vaudevillians), or worse yet throwing them in a stable where they stay nondescript and don’t get over individually or collectively like the Social Outcasts. Much of the problem is likely just overproducing guys and not enabling them to contribute creatively to their own character, but many of the younger guys might benefit from simply watching more of the work of guys who were successful before they were fans. Your thoughts?
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Well yeah, that’s how it used to work. Guys would watch tapes of other territories or travel around and steal as needed. It’s really only post Attitude that it’s become so in-house due to worries about copyrights and such.