Around a week ago, The Undertaker made a surprise appearance on the Joe Rogan experience, where he proceeded to upset a lot of fans and modern wrestlers by saying current stars aren’t as tough as they were back in his day.
While many have challenged his statement, it seems that not everyone is against his claims, as AEW commentator Jim Ross has backed up these claims on his Grilling JR podcast.
“Because they’re trained differently. They’re brought into the business differently, they’re not sitting in a car, they’re not making 25-40 bucks a night. It’s just a different ball game and Taker’s got a good point there. Today’s wrestling getting chopped unmercifully to where your blood is rushing to the surface and bruising is already in affect, probably wouldn’t happen in today’s world because the offending person wouldn’t stand for it.”
He was quick to add that the changes that have been made to the business are not necessarily negative, but not all changes have been positive for wrestling.
He went on to say that he thinks the “Covid Era” of wrestling may have actually extended many wrestlers’ careers.
“The COVID era of pro wrestling in a way has been a career extender for a lot of talents. They’re not on the road as much, they’re not traveling as much, they’ve got time to heel and focus on one major project. We always wanted the business to be better.
“You’re right about the business being better, could you imagine how much better it is right now than it was just a few years ago? Some of these things we were talking about [back in the day] weren’t as negative. Does that mean they shouldn’t have been changed? No, it just means it was more accepted in that era than some things are today.”