Pro wrestling is a multidimensional sport that inherits the world within one single episode. Those three hours for a Raw/Smackdown show or a dynamic pay-per-view captivates the fans and puts them on top of the world for those three hours.
Wrestling is an art.
The actions these superstars perform week in and week out beyond amaze me and other die-hard fans. People would kill to do the things they could, just on instinct alone.
With each match, a story is told and with no understanding, it will be a lost art, in this case.
Chinmay, beloved wrestling writer, documented a piece where he spoke about the "5 Dimensions of Pro Wrestling".
- Wrestling as an Art and Expression
- Medium of the Art
- Wrestlers - the Divine Artists
- Fans - the Connoisseurs
- Wrestling - an Addictive Experience
Each aspect is detrimental to pro wrestling and from a fan's standpoint, puts the art into perspective. I stress on the intangibles of pro wrestling being heart, determination and passion. Whether they be a staple of the sport or not, professional wrestling defines the underlying "child" in our souls.
Wrestling as an Art and an Expression is the most important and valuable dimension of pro wrestling that exists today. Many factors join together to make this "product" that brightens our spirits and makes us smile.
Via brittanica.com, "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."
After analyzing that definition, one finds a hidden word within the sequence of words. Imagination and the use of skill pertains to the wrestler. Entertaining the masses is their calling and a true passion of each one of them. They use aesthetic objects, such as the ring and the microphone, to "wow" the fans with every breath.
An experience that can be shared with others is just that, witnessing a pro wrestling event with whomever you share moments with that last a lifetime.
When a superstar wins a title, whoever is next to you is cheering along with you. Being a part of the WWE Universe is like one big family. Through thick or thin, I love this business and it is in me ‘til the end.
When art is perceived to be used in the same sentence as wrestling, there is no better fit.
As far as expression is displayed, I look at the modernist movement in the art world to better explain its significance to pro wrestling and its many aspects of dynamism.
Expressionism - its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality (Wikipedia.org).
Vincent Kennedy McMahon is that expressionist artist, due to his creative being and the overall backbone behind World Wrestling Entertainment. He attempts to present his craft to the masses in ways to appease everyone and have success at the peak of enjoyment each and every day.
Historic moments are the instances where moods are evoked. The two WrestleMania matches with Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker, last year's "End of an Era" match with HHH and Taker, Edge's retirement speech and the iconic images of wrestling's past bring out these emotions we cannot simply overlook.
Wrestling defines that last sentence and that is where this dimension of pro wrestling hits home. Physical reality intrudes with kayfabe and its understanding of real situations.
Pro wrestling is fake and we all know this.
But the true heart of it all intertwines with those moments and where expressionism means more than originally thought.
To put it into perspective, there is one man who defines the art in wrestling.
Shawn Michaels is that expressionist artist.
For reasons that are simply self-explanatory, Shawn Michaels is an innovator, spectacular human being, and one of the best professional wrestlers to ever live. An exemplary performer who, at all costs, wanted the audience to be glad they bought that ticket to see the show.
Michaels, as an artist, displays the most awe-inspiring, fanatical and soul-striking work that any professional fan has ever seen. Looking at Michaels, you can just tell what his purpose in life was from the beginning. To be a wrestler and to be an example of how dreams can certainly come true.
Compared to the other dimensions, there are certainly arguments that can be made for the other four as to why each is the most valuable and special to the wrestling audience. However, wrestling is an art and an expressionist portrait of love and grace.
Pro wrestling is something we can come together and revel in the moments on the TV screen that makes us believe in this expressionist phenomena.
That my friends....