Ken Resnick Weighs in on AEW8217s Dog Collar Match, Says Vince McMahon Gets a Bad Ra

Ken Resnick discussed the AEW Dog Collar match between Cody and Brodie Lee, Vince McMahon’s reputation and more on the latest episode of VOC Nation’s Wrestling With History. The show sent along some highlights that you can check out below along with the full audio:

On AEW’s dog collar match: The match itself between Cody Rhodes and Brody Lee was really good. It was entertaining from an announcer standpoint; Im a fan of Jim Ross. Jim calls the match; its wrestling but he still calls what he sees. When there were some great spots, he called those; when there were some spots that were missed – – Someone was a little shaky on the top ropes or (when) Codys dog collar loosened up – – he acknowledged that. Overall, especially where wrestling today is trending toward more high spot after high spot after highs pot where they do it so quick you cant even invest in what you just say, I thought it was a really good match.

On the contrast in the aftermath between 40 years ago and today: After the match, it kind of crystalized to me the difference between wrestling in the 80s and wrestling in the 90s and the wrestling of todayin those days if there was blood or juicing in the match, the wrestlers would wait (to clean off) so the bloody mess the fans would see them on the interviews. To me, I was a little dumbfounded after a very good match, Brody Lee and his entourage leaves and Cody is going to do an in-ring interview. He didnt leave or come back, it was right after the match. He kinda toweled off, and he comes on to do the interview. I mean theres not a drop of blood visible. Its like, if you are really cut, you are going to see some blood somewhere around the cut Other than kind of a puffy eye, there were no markings that were emblematic of what had supposedly just taken place.

On lack of psychology leading to the loss in viewership: (After the match between Piper and Valentine) there were exhausted. They could barely stand. And heres Cody doing this great, passionate interview talking about all these things, much like if it were a normal interview and he had just walked out and hadnt just finished this grueling, devastating match. Then toward the end(Orange Cassidy) comes walking out and challenges him and he immediately accepts for next week, and thats how they go off. Im thinking, youve been building up and promo-ing, and you had this devastating supposed dogcollar match, and you dont really give the fans even a couple minutes to kind of invest and digest whats taken place. Youve already moved on to something thats unrelated I thought to myself, thats maybe one of the reasons that ratings and viewership of wrestling is down some; its become this kind of instant gratification entertainment, where a lot of the psychology and building up to things and paying them off and letting the fans talk about it for weeks just doesnt exist anymore.

On talent not being allowed to really invest in their storylines: In todays business, the bookers book a match, book an angle, and theres really no time for the wrestlers involved to really take that booking or angle and make it their own. Its just instant gratification – – do it this way and then were going to do that – – regardless of what happens The really great talent just doesnt have the (time or empowerment) to take that where they want it to go or to build on it.

On how 50/50 booking hurts the business: Its no different than any pro sports team in any sport. If youre a .500 team, you have your loyal fan base but you dont really build a national audience. If Alabama or Clemson or LSU is playing, theyre one of the great teams out there and people are tuning in to watch that team Its like anything else, when someone is so good, fans from other sports that werent necessarily wrestling fans were tuning in to see Hulk Hogan Its also fair to say, even with Hulk going over and always winning, if Hulk had not had the charisma, the passion, the interviews, and the look, all that booking could not have made him as great as he was without all the other factors.

On Vince McMahons reputation being unfair: Vince, when you were there, he treated everybody good. It was once he decided he didnt need you or didnt want you, he would kind of forget your name Lets be honest none of the other promotions gave you health insurance either. Because of his success, people try and point to Vince. He may not have provided it but neither did anyone else. On the flip side of the coin, Vince was suddenly paying you more than anybody else. They want to complain about it but they knew what they were getting into I think in some ways, Vince is being unfairly persecuted for not giving health insuranceits not like everybody else was and Vince wasnt.

On the Ken Patera/Saito incident that caused both men to spend time in prison: It was unfortunate all around. Ken went to McDonalds (and) it had just closed. He was fine, he said let me just buy what youve got already made. Ken was starving, saw the food, the guy wouldnt give it to him. Ken was mad, walked out, saw a brick, got mad and threw it through the window. I think the manager knew who he was. Ken just walked back across the highway to the hotel they were staying in and went to his room The police break into the room – – the guy I really feel sorry for is Saito. He was already sleeping; all of a sudden theres people breaking into his room and he didnt know what was going on, and he starts swinging – – whether it was Patera or Mr Saito, one of them threw a police officer – – ended up it was a female – – through the walls of the hotel room. That police officers father was the fire chief of Waukesha, and that made the prosecutors out for blood Verne I dont think took it seriously in that they just had their normal business lawyer go down and were going to defend them, and the prosecuters in Waukesha were out for bloodthey both got sentenced to two years in prison Ken Patera was pretty bitter about the whole thing and it took him a long time to really get over it. It was sad on all fronts.


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