In an interview with Grantland, former WCW/WWE superstar Kevin Nash bashed small-statured wrestlers such as Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Daniel Bryan and current WWE Champion CM Punk—claiming that none of them possess "bigger than life" personalities.
Regarding Benoit and Guerrero, Nash claimed that although they were great wrestlers, "when Benoit and Guerrero hugged [at the end of WrestleMania XX], that was the end of the business." Nash also claimed that the pro-wrestling business hasn't been the same since Benoit and Guerrero's WrestleMania XX embrace and that they didn't belong in the main event.
As for Bryan and Punk, Nash said that "they are not bigger than life" and that "they could both walk through airports and not be noticed unless they have a gimmick shirt on and the belt."
Very interesting comments by Nash.
However, would Nash say the same thing about Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels—two legends who found a way to rise to the top of the WWE despite being small-statured in comparison to Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior?
I happen to love the smaller wrestlers, but I wonder if Nash has a point. I know I love smaller wrestlers and would pay to see them, but that's just me. What about the casual fans? Which type of wrestler does the casual fan pay to see? The Hulk Hogan type or the Daniel Bryan type?
Ultimately, I think we can all agree that both types are important and that a wrestling business can't survive without both. You need "bigger than life" wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, but you also need talented in-ring technicians like Bret Hart and Daniel Bryan.
What do you think of Nash's comments? Did Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero belong in the main event? What about Daniel Bryan and CM Punk?
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