The Undertaker sparked a very large conversation within the pro wrestling world when he said that today’s generation is soft when compared to the past. Steve Austin might agree to a certain degree.
While on The Joe Rogan Experience, The Undertaker said that where wrestlers used to sit around the locker room playing with guns and knives, now they’re playing video games. According to The Phenom, pro wrestlers are softer now.
ESPN’s First Take recently had “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the show where he spoke his mind about The Deadman’s comments. Austin does prefer the grittier product of the past, but he also explained how things change over time. This is unavoidable as change is a part of life, even in pro wrestling.
“You’re spot on in saying that today is a different era. It’s a more athletic product, the guys and girls are better athletes than we were. Growing up, I was a big fan of promotions such as NWA, Mid South, and WCCW as well, and during the Attitude Era, we really pushed the envelope creatively. I just think the business was a lot more protected back then, and it was a grittier product, which is what I thrive on.”
“That said, all due resect to all the men and women of WWE for working through the pandemic, and without crowds. When you watch the football games even with even 25 percent capacity of crowds, those fans really affect your performance. This is especially true in professional wrestling because that’s how you get your feedback in your decision-making process. I miss the crowds. But yes, it is a different product today.”
The Undertaker caused plenty of people to speak out when he made those comments. Obviously, there are going to be fans who agree with both sides of the argument. Mick Foley believes that today’s generation of pro wrestlers are just as tough as the past. This debate will wage forever, and there’s nothing wrong with generating a discussion within pro wrestling.