WWE: Why Pro Wrestling Is 100 Percent Real and Deserves Respect

Leonardo SplinterSenior Writer IJune 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (L-R) Timothy Bradley lands a left to the head of Manny Pacquiao during their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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After the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight on Saturday night, many fans of boxing are in uproar, calling the fight fixed.

If you were to search "boxing fixed" on Twitter, you'd get countless tweets questioning boxing's integrity. Something else you would find in that same Twitter search are countless tweets comparing boxing to WWE (or WWF).

For instance, musician Drake tweeted the following:

What an embarrassing night for Boxing. Sh** looked like the WWF. Pac Man and Jinky deserved to go home happy.

You'd also find the following tweets from NBA players Rip Hamilton and Jermaine O'Neal:

I'm done watching boxing. WWF
Boxing is like WWF now! They Predetermine who is going to win because the sport is dyeing! UFC is much better to watch. At least its real!

This isn't the first time the integrity of a non-WWE sport has been questioned. Just search "NBA Fixed" on Twitter for proof.

What bothers me about the tweets mentioned above is that they belittle WWE as much as they belittle boxing. They don't give WWE credit for at least admitting that they are in the entertainment business or for being exactly what they say they are.

Yes, pro wrestling matches are scripted, but unlike with boxing or NBA, the outcomes are supposed to be scripted.

"Real" means "genuine"—"truly what something is said to be."

WWE is what it says it is: entertainment. It admits that it is entertainment. There is no forgery or sham here. No one can question the integrity (the quality of being honest) of pro wrestling matches.

Therefore, pro wrestling is 100 percent real. As real as can be. It deserves respect, not ridicule. 


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