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12/31/12 4:48 PM
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mugumuchu
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There are many old time wrasslers that for better or worse evolved themselves to the sign of the time.
Terry Funk, Shawn Michael and Hulk Hogan are the most prominent in my mind.

then there are some that just refuse to evolve. it's sad to see guys like the Ricky Morton and Gibson. they still have the same gimmick and hairstyle. Not to mention, they're so bitter with today wrassling. They were one of the best tag team in the 80. Now they are reduced to nothing.

what you think?
12/31/12 11:37 PM
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You hit the nail on the head with the rock--n-roll express. They never changed from day 1. Nice call and VTFU when I get to a PC. They were awesome in the 80's Phone Post
1/1/13 4:38 AM
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They had some of the most unique spots that still aren't seen today. Its been said quite a bit on this forum, but tag teams like that just do not exist any more. Phone Post
1/1/13 4:41 AM
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First to come to mind was rvd Phone Post
1/1/13 10:55 AM
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Agreed on both RnR and RVD. Ricky Morton had a short stint as Richard Morton as part of the York Foundation in the early 90s but it dis not last.

Unsure what RVD should do to change but he has been stale for quite some time now. Way too old to be playing the stoner bit. Phone Post
1/1/13 7:40 PM
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roninthebox -  First to come to mind was rvd Phone Post

Same here.

1/1/13 8:30 PM
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I think RnR got stale. I could tell every move in advance and the same promos by Morton with Gibson having no mic time.

I think they were all that in the 80s. They should have changed their finisher, got a manager, worked new promos angles, turned heel. Something needed to change as fir myself they lost their flava.

But to each his own. I respect your opinion. Phone Post
1/1/13 9:49 PM
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Most of what comes to mind is pretty much old school guys

Jerry Lawler
Bruiser Brody
Nikita Koloff
1/1/13 11:07 PM
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As the biggest Road Warriors fan on earth, it was awkward to see them try to be relevant in the attitude era. Phone Post
1/1/13 11:09 PM
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Are we talking about guys that were decent, but never evolved into a better wrestler or a improved gimmick, or are we talking about guys that had the perfect gimmick and stuck with it?

Ric Flair has been the same character since he started using the Nature Boy persona. I would say him not evolving into something different than what was working is a great thing.

Sure most guys get stale if they don't change up some, but it's not the case for everybody.

Bruiser Brody is a great example of why in the world would he change anything? The man was over wherever he went. Shaving his head and turning him into a Payless shoe salesman wouldn't have did a thing for him.
1/2/13 12:03 AM
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are you speaking character evolution, or wrestling skill

bc

diesel/nash
bret hart
hall
hogan
sid
sandman



same repetitive move set, same match psychology, hardly ever evolved new ring skills or expanded, rarely involved new moves.


the guy who has evolved the most to me.... Big Show. the guy bumps now like he is 15 yrs younger.
1/2/13 12:31 AM
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Wow yeah, Big Show is a great example of a guy evolving in this business.

 

1/2/13 11:41 AM
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roninthebox -  First to come to mind was rvd Phone Post

Same here.


It sucks because I loved ECW RVD because he was just so fresh and innovative and had the talent to really be a star.  The problem is that in the past 15 years, all of his matches look the same.  Oh well.

1/2/13 11:57 AM
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1/2/13 2:45 PM
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dangerboy12 - missing link

Dewey Robertson is a great example of somebody that did evolve his character. He wrestled for 23 years before becoming the Missing Link in 1983. He retired by the end of the 80's so the vast majority of his career was nothing like his Missing Link character.

1/2/13 3:49 PM
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I actually think the Ultimate Warrior is a good example..even though he doesn't really wrestle any more.  I watched a little of his "youtube reality series" thing and actually think he could have been a cool anti-character.  

He is still a big, intense dude...he could have come out, without the makeup and cut some promos about how everyone made a joke out of him with that DVD the WWE put out, and beat the shit out of some of the younger talent. 

 

He could have come out as this guy: 

Instead he did a little wrestling and came back as this guy: 

1/2/13 4:59 PM
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The Dingo Warrior was similar to the Ulrimate Warrior but his Blade Runners gimmick with Sting (known as Rock I think) was different and the Power Team USA was really different

Bigelow?
1/2/13 5:37 PM
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Once again nuckin beat me to the punch.

Bruiser Brody had not even peaked by the time he was killed. He was no where close to stale.

I always wondered what happened to the Dingo Warrior? Phone Post
1/4/13 2:35 AM
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Dingo Warrior....Ultimate Warrior

Believe it or not....same guy
1/4/13 7:36 AM
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Not so much wrestlers, but gimmicks that lasted forever without being changed up:

Hillbilly Jim

Honkytonk Man

Scotty 2 Hotty

Brian Christopher

Val Venis
1/4/13 8:03 AM
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Look at kanes character when it debut, look at it now at moments he can be on of the most entertaining characters in wwe Phone Post
1/4/13 8:14 AM
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Roddy Piper never evolved
1/4/13 11:15 AM
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dangerboy12 - Roddy Piper never evolved

I've never thought of that, but your right.  I guess that's why he was always my favorite.

1/4/13 6:18 PM
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How has no one said Goldberg!

At least Ryback has some time to change it up, Goldy stayed the same in WCW and that pathetic run in the E

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