Al Snow has given his view on modern wrestling and says that today’s competitors aren’t wrestling for the sake of fans anymore but rather to impress one another.
The former WWF Hardcore Champion was speaking on an appearance of the It’s My House podcast, where he explained why in his opinion those competing in the squared circle today don’t react to their audience like wrestlers used to because so much is planned out beforehand.
Al Snow explained:
“The talent aren’t performing for you anymore. That’s a fact. They’re not going in the ring and wrestling for you. Your opinion doesn’t matter. They are wrestling for each other, trying to impress each other, and they are wrestling for that small group of people that write a report and give them critical acclaim and say either it was really a good match or it was a bad match. That’s the truth. That’s why the talent are so caught up today and in the locker room calling every single second. They’re not living in the moment, not reacting to each other, to the referee, not interacting with the audience like they used to. They’re so concerned that they’re gonna forget the next thing that’s coming up, and they’re scared to death that they’re going to make a mistake.”
Snow also shared his thoughts on mistakes in the ring, commonly known as botches, and says you can only botch if you ruin the illusion of what’s happening in the match.
“It’s not that you’ll notice it because you won’t. It’s that somebody in the back will notice it, and we’ll call them out on it, or someone who’s writing a report will notice that they made a mistake or they did a botch. You can’t botch anything unless you expose the wrestling, the lie. If you ruin the illusion, that’s the only way you can make a mistake, otherwise, there’s no way to do it. It’s not possible, because you can make and create everything you want to make and create, and you’re only limited by your own imagination and creativity, as long as it’s within the context of a competition. As long as you’re trying to still win and not lose.”