The Rattlesnake was talking with MLW’s Court Bauer on his most recent edition of the Steve Austin show about what he believes to be integral to the wrestling business. Specifically, Stone Cold highlighted the manager position, and how it is an essential part in enhancing a talent, and how he wishes that presence was more available in today’s product.
You just don’t see [managers] anymore. To me, they were the salt and pepper on a great steak. Such colorful, flamboyant personalities, either that mouthpiece, or that dressing, or whatever it needs to be to enhance that talent further, or be the crutch, or be an addition to, and just make that person a superstar.
The way I grew up watching wrestling when I was seven or eight years old, and going through the territories, and having my share of managers. Whether I liked them or not, or wanted them to be with me, I learned a lot from them. To me, they’re part of the landscape that is pro wrestling.
I would say that the talents of Zelina Vega have certainly improved the status of Andrade Cien Almas, and it was fun to see Old Paul Ellering with the Authors of Pain, but besides a few exceptions the manager character has certainly faded away.
What do you think of Austin’s input? Do you miss having managers RingSide? Who was your favorite manager of all time?