Pro Wrestling (in particular WWE) and social stigmas are both extremely controversial social entities. Thus whenever these two have collided, the collision has always ruffled a few feathers. The portrayal of social stigmas in the WWE and other wrestling promotions has been a big bone of contention for decades.
As we all are aware of, social stigmas are extremely sensitive issues. Social stigma is defined in different ways. Social stigma refers either to denounce a certain individual trait, or to label people with distinct identities based on their particular psychological, physical or behavioral peculiarities. Social stigma is also often related to one’s nationality, ethnicity or race.
This article intends to discuss this subject in a way that has rarely been attempted before. The article is divided in three parts. The first part talks about five social stigmas that have been reflected in the programming of WWE, and some other wrestling promotions. It also looks at how it has impacted the business in real sense, such as backstage events. The second part looks at how pro wrestling has utilized social stigmas, and the third part tries to find the entity to blame for the phenomena.
I completely understand that the entire article deals with one sensitive subject. I will, therefore, try my absolute best to remain unbiased and non-sentimental. If, despite that, anyone is offended by any content, I apologize for it well in advance.
With this long introduction, let the ride begin.