Dave Meltzer is one of the most respected personalities in the fighting world. Usually, his detractors do not know his work and make fun of him being called a journalist claiming that he is not, but Meltzer studied Journalism at San Jose State University, and wrote in several newspapers (including the Los Angeles Times) before and after starting With the newsletter Wrestling Observer in 1982.
His detractors also swear that he only writes from New Japan , with news from Japan occupying only a fraction of the text he publishes, which in the form of a page covers about 70 each week.
And, of course, there are those who say that he is wrong in his predictions, but Meltzer does not make predictions, he only talks about plans, and the bulk of his work is not news, but analysis.
And among his analysis is how the struggle has changed with the times and that new styles are always criticized. This he published in the most recent edition of his newsletter :
“There is really a lot to learn from this business that relates to things beyond the professional struggle. The most important thing I’ve learned about fighting, entertainment in general and life itself is that the moment you think you understand it perfectly, it means that time is ahead of you. You are done.
“Because this is always changing. It always has to change, because the world is always changing and time does not stop. If you want to stop paying attention to the present and you are not interested in opening yourself to new concepts that have to do with the future, you can go to the exit.
“This business has completely changed in the past ten years, and the next ten will bring about equally significant changes. Do not denigrate those changes because you miss how things were in the past, because time not only does not freeze, but definitely does not walk in reverse. Criticize the changes when you think that they really are not for improvement, but do not close your mind because of the fact that they are new.
“I wrote the above 24 and a half years ago. I probably could have written it 40 years ago and it would have been the same. At the time I wrote it, many had a mentality that fighters like Jushin Liger and Eddy Guerrero were the ‘spot monkeys’ who did not know how to work, because they made moves you would never see in a real fight, and that they would be shooting stars Because their bodies would be destroyed before they were 35 years old. Four decades ago, the critics were Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat. The other fighters said they made moves that would never be seen in a real fight, and the vast majority of those fighters have long been forgotten. “