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10 Times WWE Totally Changed Its In-Ring Style

The 'WWE style' has obviously shifted over the years - Giant Gonzalez wasn't out there on Superstars doing suicide dives to segue to the commercial break - but it retains what is often a pejorative connotation at its core.

The WWE style, relative to the wider landscape, is safe and comprehensible. It's how they hooked the kids all those years ago: with theatrical, histrionic performances that didn't require a deep knowledge or understanding of the craft. That would have undermined the aim; Hulk Hogan fought for the rights of every man, which wouldn't have worked had he lost them.

It's also how Vince McMahon made much of his vast fortune, before the paradigm shifted: the touring schedules that only now can be described as "old" were torturous; to withstand them, a certain way of working was enforced. What was earnest and magic in the 1980s resonates as patronising and boring now. We know the roster is capable of so much more - only the hardcore fans that remain have seen it before, exposing WWE's approach and informing its viewership decline - but they mostly aren't allowed to show it.

The monopoly bred an arrogance and contempt for the pro wrestling WWE's sports entertainment dominated so thoroughly, and that pro wrestling has to "scratch and claw" to break through...

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