Steve Austin: No Substitute For Experience
The argument of today's wrestlers not gaining the necessary experience before leaping onto the WWE stage has been a popular topic over the past decade. Thankfully, with performers such as Antonio Cesaro, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk being world-travelled, that paradigm seems to be changing. In the past few years, WWE have once again opened themselves up, perhaps realising that their 'cookie cutter' developmental system wasn't breeding satisfactory results.
Speaking during his regular guest column in the pages of FSM, Steve Austin speaks up for the young wrestlers of today, feeling it is WWE's responsibility to ensure performers are more adequately equipped for the bigger platform.
"Today's guys are very impressionable, and don't really call it in the ring anymore. Some of the guys don't know whether to shit or wind their watch; when they get in the ring, they have some basics, but they've always been told exactly what to do before they go out there. Back in the day, we were calling it all in the ring; we didn't have anything to be nervous about, because we didn't have to remember anything. All I had to do was listen to a hellacious worker like Billy Joe Travis or Jimmy Jack Funk, trusting them to help lead me through it", Austin wrote.
"The guys today are on a big stage, and none bigger than WWE. It's up to the promotion to bring these cats in light, establish them, and help them get over. You can't just bring in someone new and expect them to work a Wrestlemania calibre match right away. If you give someone a monster push right off the bat, but don't give them the base knowledge, it makes no sense to wonder why they shit the bed. These kids are exposed after a few weeks of TV, because they don't have the experience of what to do in that situation. The more knowledge you have, the better chance you have of being successful".
Read the full article in Issue 89 of FSM, on sale now from WH Smiths in the UK and Easons in Ireland. For more on Steve Austin, check out BrokenSkullRanch.com. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveAustinBSR. Please also use the hashtag #FSM.