So awesome in fact that it's often substantially more important than the actual wrestling. Think about it like this - given the opportunity to watch an episode of Monday Night Raw with three terrific thirty minute matches featuring wrestlers wearing exactly what they've worn for every other match, or 30 awful three minute matches starring performers in brand new variants of their traditional look, it would be madness to pick the former over the latter.
It's a window into the soul of a performer beyond the storyline or character too. As you may have read before (twice, in fact), wrestling gear can often mean more to the wrestlers than they'd let on in a promo or segment.
And whether anybody is still willing to admit it, the industry is still image-obsessed. Bodies may not be artificially inflated to the degree they were in the the late-1980s or freewheeling mid-2000s, but Vince McMahon's cruel digs via headset instruction or his own gob towards Kevin Owens' physique betray the equality his organisation publicly espouses.
But this article wouldn't dream of judging talent based on how they look. This will judge how their clothes look. That's completely different, and totally fair game for commendation or condemnation. Into the wardrobe we go...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.