Let me preface this post by answering the first question that comes to a reader’s mind after seeing the title. “You know that wrestling is fake, right?” Yes, I know that wrestling is fake. Pretty much every fan of professional wrestling nowadays knows that it is fake. Why doesn’t that stop me from watching it? Because professional wrestling is fake in the same way that all of my other favorite TV shows are fake. The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead are all fake. That doesn’t change the fact that these are all forms of entertainment. Before I begin explaining my love for the world of sports entertainment, I will give a professional wrestling 101 crash course to help you understand my point a little better.
The name Hulk Hogan is synonymous with wrestling. There are very few people alive that don’t know his name. He helped popularize the sport, with help from people such as Andre the Giant, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and many others. During the height of his fame in the 1980’s, many people didn’t know that wrestling was fake, and this helped fans get emotionally attached to the stories.
The 1990’s and the early 2000’s were the height of professional wrestling. Some prominent names from this era are Shawn Michaels, Goldberg, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Many fans were catching on that professional wrestling is scripted and the outcomes are planned, superstars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Triple H appear on Saturday Night Live breaking character. However this era is known for having some of the most passionate fans ever. People throw chairs and garbage in the ring when one of their favorite superstars loses. If you were ever going to be a fan of wrestling, this was the time to do it.
Then John Cena took over. He is the new face of wrestling in the mainstream. Almost everyone has heard of him and those who haven’t have been living under a rock. The following for wrestling is slowing down. It is almost seen as taboo when someone finds out that you watch wrestling nowadays. This might be better for wrestling as a sport, rather than a business. With the more dedicated fans sticking around, more is demanded from the athletes and the wrestlers are improving everyday. So on to the title, why do I watch professional wrestling? To be honest, I watch it for the same reason one would watch a movie or a TV show; for the payoff. When watching a movie, don’t you just love when the hero triumphs and the villain lies defeated? That’s why I watch. How about when a TV character finally reaches something they have been working so hard for? That’s why I watch. Just as movies have their slow moments, or a TV show has an episode that frustrates you, professional wrestling is meant to play with your emotions. You’re supposed to get mad, that’s what makes the high points that much better. As soon as I don’t get mad over the bad guy winning, or excited about the good guy doing the same, I will stop watching. If an important character in The Walking Dead dies and I feel nothing, I’ll know that I have grown indifferent and uninterested in the show. Until then, however, I will continue to watch every showing I possibly can. I’m actually going to an event on March 6th at the Resch Center. How many of your favorite shows do they allow on set during taping? Very few if any. I’m not trying to persuade you to watch wrestling, it’s not for everyone. I’m trying to get wrestling to the point where it isn’t taboo to talk about in public and hopefully where I can talk to other people about it.
If you want to be persuaded to watch wrestling, here is an article for you https://www.theodysseyonline.com/10-reasons-watch-wwe
If you are in to history like myself, here is the history of wrestling in the United States