Jerry Lawler Comments On Randy Orton's Criticisms Of Indy Wrestling

After a barrage of tweets between Randy Orton, Rip RogersRicochetWill OspreayBully Ray and many others on the subject of indy wrestling and it being focused on dives and flips rather than the psychology of a match, many others have been weighing in on the situation.

On the latest episode of his podcast, Jerry Lawler diplomatically weighed in on the situation and had the following to say:

“I think that the problem Rip [Rogers] and Randy [Orton] have is what the young guys think they need to do to get noticed. It’s what the young guys do in these matches that bothers guys who have been in the business for a while. The young guys, like they said, they have a tendency to go out there and try to squeeze in every single move that they know. Every dive. Every flip. Every flop. Everything they can put in one 15-minute match. So in order to do that, if you are going to put all those moves in, you’re not going to have time to sell anything. It’s just going to be one move after another until the match is over. That is not the way wrestling became what it is today. Not what I think veterans look at and not what the business is supposed to be. It’s not that entertaining for fans. I think that’s Rip’s and Randy’s point they are trying to make there.”

This isn't the first time the debate between indy and mainstream wrestling has been discussed and it certainly won't be the last. It was a hot point of contention during another highly-regarded match between Ricochet and Will Ospreay in Japan some time ago where even Vader criticized the athletes for doing an exhibition rather than telling a story in the ring.

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  • Robert

    They have a point. There doesn’t need to be a suicide dive in every match. How many guys are doing frog splashes and superkicks in every match nowadays? Didn’t those moves used to be finishers?