Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-h0st Jeff Lane and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno).
Russo opens today’s show by asking Gilbertti about the Japanese style of wrestling. Gilbertti says that even 20-30 years ago the Japanese style of wrestling was still ‘strong style’, and when all the great North American wrestlers worked over there they had to adapt to that style. However, when they returned to North America they never thought about bringing that Japanese style back with them.
Over the last few years wrestlers have become marks for reading about how good their own matches are, and when someone like Dave Meltzer continuously promotes the ‘strong style’, wrestlers began adapting that style. This is a huge mistake in Gilbertti’s opinion, but wrestlers continue to suck up to these dirt sheet writers in an attempt to impress the writers as well as their followers.
In Gilbertti’s opinion, another failed concept in today’s business is the thought process that every match on a card should be the best match on the show. If every match is laid out to be the best match on the show, only one match is going to achieve that status, and all the other matches will fail. The show needs to be laid out in a way that promotes big crowd reactions throughout each match, but not every match has to be a 30- minute spotfest.