View single post by PeteF3
 Posted: Thu Feb 25th, 2010 04:21 am
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I think the big source of the backlash is fuckheads like Travlr who have probably never seen a Thesz match that isn't a five-minute Youtube clip who nonetheless gush over him as the greatest werker, bumper, hooker, shooter, and interview from the years 1940 to 1975 inclusive. 

Any "who was the best/most successful at..." thread is about 90% likely to see his name dropped.  He was actually glowingly brought up in a "who successfully retired and never looked back" thread, even though he had to come out of retirement for money in the 1970's and had a match at 74 godddamned years old.

As a guy who's actually watched the damned matches (including those 60-minute armbar matches), I really think Thesz was good, maybe great.  But he wasn't the be-all, end-all of his era and--this is what guys like Travlr are completely oblivious to--his strengths lay entirely "heelish NWA world champion" shtick, not technical skill.

Verne and O'Connor were better contemporary workers AND better at showing at the technical stuff.

Last edited on Thu Feb 25th, 2010 04:22 am by PeteF3