Gerald Brisco, former NWA tag team champ as well as former "Stooge" to Vince McMahon during the attitude era, was a guest on The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling recently and talked about whether current WWE Superstars could have been successful in earlier eras.
Here are some submitted highlights.
How guys now would fare back then:
“There are guys in this era right here and now that could get over back in mine and there are guys in mine that could definitely get over in this one here. It’s not the gimmick. It’s not the storyline because our storylines are simple and it not that a lot of individuals didn’t have a lot of gimmicks but it’s the person behind it. It is that person that works his ass off every night in the ring and stays consistent and stays true to himself. Stone Cold Steve Austin and my son Wes have become very good friends and Stone Cold’s advice to Wes every time he talks to him is be yourself. Stay true to yourself and I couldn’t say it any better but coming from Stone Cold to Wes means a hell of a lot more than me telling my son the same thing.”
This also applies to Roman Reigns:
“If he just stays himself and doesn’t change (the people are going to hate him and the people are going to love him) but look at John Cena. He is one of the most revered guys but in the beginning, people loved and then hated and still, they love/hate him, but he is still one of the most revered guys there is. Stay true to yourself and don’t get off course and don’t let people talk you into changing, don’t let the fans convince you that you need to change. Just be yourself and pretty soon they will see this is who you are. That is my advice to these young guys and if you believe in something then make it yours and make it work.”
You can listen to highlights in the video above, or hear the entire podcast at this link.