Givem Jack Brisco's unfortunate passing, maybe its a good time to discuss him as champion. He was a great champion.
The header for this conference though refers to Jack as the 'last of the great traditional NWA champions'
Thats a pretty definitive statement. I am wondering in what way he was 'more traditional' as champion than Terry Funk, Harley Race or Ric Flair?. I think most consider Flair to be the last 'traditioanl NWA champion'
[ 02-02-2010, 06:11 PM: Message edited by: Hong Kong Phooey ]
Terry himself describes himself as an 'absurd' champion.
Flair was not in the same mold as any of the previous NWA champions except Rogers, who was certainly atypical.
Harley won the title before Jack did, but in any case, Jack was really the last guy who held the title who could entertain you through a whole match with just wrestling. And he was the last of the traditionally booked champions, with a comparatively long title reign.
So long from the Sunshine State!
-------------------- If you lames are the master race, my money's on the mud people.---Andrew Vachss
Also, keep in mind that Jack was the last champion booked his entire reign by Sam Muchnick. Muchnick was restrictive with how he allowed local promoters to present the champion. Muchnick recognized that it was important to keep the World champion strong to protect the drawing power in the future. Any finish other than a champion win or a time limit draw had to be approved by Muchnick. There was an art in the champion retaining his credibility while making the challenger look strong. You had the occasional DQ or controversial finish to set up a return, but they were the exception. Because these kind of finishes were rare, they were actually a bigger deal when they happened.
Rematches could draw because the challenger looked good and lost a close match to the World champion earlier. It was presented as, "there's no shame losing a competitive match to the world champion. As close as it was, he might win the next time he gets him in the ring."
When Jim Barnett started booking the champ, he let the local promoters do whatever they wanted. Suddenly, goofy finish were the norm and the champion almost never looked strong.
No disrespect was intended to anyone. It was a reference to a difference in style.