Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Dave Meltzer – Starting the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Relationship with Vince McMahon, State of the Business Today, More!

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Jericho welcomes Dave Meltzer to the show.

Meltzer informs that there was no such thing as wrestling writers when he was young. He wanted to be a sports writer but somewhere along the way he happened to find a niche in professional wrestling. He considers himself lucky that he was able to build the Wrestling Observer into the successful business that it is today.

He admits that it’s a pretty amazing feeling to be recognized by fans when he attends wrestling events today. Jericho notes that Meltzer would probably have longer lines than a lot of wrestlers if he were to ever do a meet and greet at an event such as WrestleCon.

Meltzer says it’s interesting to him that a lot of today’s generation of performers seem to like him, since he spent many years being hated by the majority of wrestling promoters and performers.

He notes that the business has changed dramatically from the time he started writing. Nowadays there is all kinds of information right at our fingertips, but when he started it was incredibly tough to find out certain information. He points out that finding out the real names of wrestlers was nearly impossible during those days because the wrestlers were so focused on protecting their characters.

He adds that today’s performers are so focused on the physical, in-ring side of the business, but he considers the ability to talk to be just as important as the in-ring work. Jericho says that he considers a performer’s promo ability to be even more important than their in-ring work. Meltzer notes that over-the-top characters have always carried the wrestling business, and the ability to talk people into seats is very important.

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