Thanks in large part to the coronavirus, AEW has been having different wrestlers double as commentators alongside Tony Schiavone with a good amount of success. Chris Jericho has stood out far more than the others as he’s brought back memories of Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan when they were teamed with Vince McMahon or Gorilla Monsoon back in the day.
But more than that, we’ve also gotten to see something that makes the hearts of those of us that remember when Tony and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes teamed together back in the WCW days.
Bridging the gap
We always heard about the need to bridge the gap between generations. It’s a way to bring us all together and look toward the future. Things have a way of going full circle, and seeing Cody alongside Schiavone did so much more than seeing legends come out to do a promo or share their stories. It added a weight to the history and legacy of the sport and the Rhodes’ family.
We’re often reminded of the history of professional wrestling through various means, but this is so similar to professional and amateur sports from gymnastics and figure skating to football and basketball. Former athletes are tagged as color analysts to share aspects of the games or competitions we wouldn’t normally see or understand. It helps bring us closer.
It’s a type of bridging the gap where we get to see the old school and new school, get to hear them vocalize their thoughts about the differences.
But Cody and Dusty bring a different perspective as Dusty passed away in 2015, making these a cool moment as well as a bridge to what used to be.
The memories remain
This helps keep Dusty Rhodes’ memory alive for newer fans as well. While Dustin and Cody mention their father a lot, and JR and Schiavone talk about Dusty as well, seeing they’re all tied together in different ways gives us a chance to really appreciate where the business was, where it is, and where it’s going.
We are also given a great opportunity to go back and watch Dusty’s promos and matches with other greats like Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen, Sting, and more.
He was one of the biggest legends in the business, and a visual link like this touches the heartstrings perfectly.
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