Nothing against Ray Steel, Pat Roach or Pete Roberts, but something about their matches at heavyweight seemed quite pedestrian. Pondering the heavyweight scene from mid 80's onwards, it frankly bored me. I know there is a long running joke about John Elijah fighting Mohammed Butt and it being one strength hold a round and lots of train impressions. But the likes or Roach, Roberts, people who could excite the crowd, seemed to have no chemistry when matched together. They seemed to me to be minutes of double fingered interelocks and 20 seconds of excitement before a fall.
I am thinking it is one of 3 things:
The earlier decades were much of the same, and people look back on them with rose tinted specs.
The Big Daddy circus detracted from the heavyweight scene, or demotivated other heavyweights.
The talent pool at joint was not refreshed in the heavyweight division due to the over use of Big men as Daddy fodder and the loyal stars such as Roach and Elijah, just couldnt work the intense matches anymore.
I would be interested in the views of others.