Arn Anderson has discussed the overuse of finishing moves in wrestling and says fans are desensitized to seeing competitors kick out of established finishers.
Speaking on the latest episode of his ARN podcast, the WWE Hall Of Famer was taking questions from his listeners.
Anderson explained his feelings on the number of false finishes in modern matches. The former Four Horseman noted that he preferred to see a wrestler hit their finish once to end the match.
“Brock Lesnar got over on the fact that if he hit one F5, you were beat. We spent 10 years telling the public that if John Cena hooked you in the STF, you might be able to get to the ropes and save yourself the first time but if he drug you back to the middle of the ring before you got there, that was it. We set up finishes for a reason so that you can build drama, work towards that finish. The drama is you don’t quite get to hit it and that’s why you didn’t win that night. Had you hit that particular move, you would’ve won. Not that you hit it 4 or 5 times and the guy kicked out because guess what. It’s no longer a finish.”
“Don’t try to beat me next week with something that Joe Blow kicked out of 5 times the week before. I won’t be laying there. There’s only so much you can do in this business, that’s the reason you don’t see something new every day because pretty much everything has been done. Once you take away a guy’s finish and he’s got to find something else as a finish, there’s not a lot of stuff laying around. I think guys are burning the business out by doing all this high impact stuff because once you use it as just a high spot, that’s all it will ever be afterward.”
Anderson then highlighted the differences in thinking from when he competed in the ring and now:
“If someone powerbombs you over the top rope onto the apron outside and you hit it halfway between your shoulder blades, you have no idea how bad that hurts. I see that and that’s not the end of the match, that’s not a count-out? What is? That would’ve been in my day a stretcher job. Had somebody done that to me, I’m going out there in an ambulance. It’s just the difference of the way the business is.”
“I think the kids are all trying to do the best they can and go higher and further, so they can get over with you guys. They haven’t had an opportunity to get a microphone and week in week out, for 52 weeks a year, have something to say to the audience, compound that out year after year, that’s how you get over. They’re trying to bum rush it by doing a high wire act. As you know, you get to a point where you are desensitized to it as a fan, now what?”
Arn Anderson recently praised fellow AEW coach and former ECW Champion Jerry Lynn.