This has been a talking point for a while so have at it.
Continuing from here :
The smart line of enquiry here would be to ask something like "weren't Flair and Garvin doing Wahoo McDaniel cosplay anyway?"
This was actually going to be my next point. Flair vs Garvin isn't much different than Wahoo vs Jimmy Valentine-not as good but has the same basic idea.
The issue of authenticity doesn't really come up when wrestlers stick to basics but when they overreach and people argue whether they've come up with characters that are distinctive enough on their own as well as when they appropriate just because it looks cool, not considering the context of what made it as efficient as it was originally. If you look at how no-sells are used in Akiyama vs Kobashi 7/24/98 or Akiyama-Misawa 2/27/00 and then compare that to Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins there's a world of difference. What you saw first probably also makes a difference-is people checking out Kawada and Misawa after seeing Samoa Joe use their any different than people watching Wahoo and Ray Stevens matches because Flair talked about how great they were? You encounter a different experience when you've followed the original and have to judge those influenced by them.