If everyone in the match is doing it, then everyone looks strong...
And about the 80s/90s vets, did you ever see any of them NOT do exactly what you're talking about to any of the newer girls coming up? Back when they were all working like you say they were, it was because they were all working against each other.
? I'm not sure what you're getting at. I think they were working like that because that's what the 80s gave way to naturally and it's what got them noticed internationally. Everyone does not always look strong when everyone is doing it (especially if one of the wrestlers isn't good enough at selling to get the endurance across, a lot of times it does look like a no sell because of bad selling), tho. That's way too axiomatic and doesn't take into account individual ability (also, if everyone's equal and it's just an endurance test, what does that say about each wrestler?). If that were true this thread would not exist and similar complaints would not be made about joshi, puro, WWE and the American indy scene whenever people did wrestle like that.
90s wrestlers didn't wrestle the newer girls like that because it wouldn't make any sense for the newer girl to be able to stand toe to toe with them and because they were so broken down by the style they couldn't really do it anymore.
It makes the moves look less damaging than they really are (the OP brought up Tamura and Ran YuYu's elbows, no one should superman out from that, just like no one should superman out of a Misawa elbow without a good enough backstory to justify it: that's the problem, justification is lacking- what reason does wrestler A have to look as strong as wrestler B?) and causes a "top this" craziness that focuses less on storytelling (why do you need to know how to make a good story if every match is a variation on the same theme?) and more on the complexity/insanity of moves.
That's not a lot of peoples' cup of tea. It clearly isn't mine. To each their own. I'm just saying I totally understand why some people don't like that type of wrestling.