I would suspect people who say the new rules suck without supporting their postion say so since we get our asses kicked at wrestling under the new rules. The only rules these folks would like are the ones that favor the USA.
I like them because you have action for periods in every period. If you got down 4-0 early under the old rules, you were doomed... the other guy blocked you out. At least now you can screw up, and live to see another day.
QS - As much as you like the 80's, the 70's were that much better. And it was even harder to score "technical points" in the 70's.