Storytelling; the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.
Without a story, professional wrestling is two oiled-up men rolling around in a ring. With a story, professional wrestling is nothing short of an art. It is poetry in motion. It is yet another medium, similar to music, movies and forms of entertainment that has been used to paint a beautiful picture for us—the consumers—to enjoy for many decades.
To tell a story, many elements must combine as one. Production quality, video packages, commentary, promos, and the wrestling itself all factor into this, of which today I will go in-depth and review just why they each are so important.
The wrestling tells the basic story that the commentary narrates. The promos make that story more understandable, and video packages are a retrospective of what has already taken place.
Understand, however, that emotion lies in each and every one of these elements. Emotion is the element that connects the wrestlers to the fans and gets the fans hooked for life.
Those are the complexities of sports entertainment, though. In it’s simplest form, wrestling uses an age-old battle that transcends language barriers, and cultural, political, and economic differences; the eternal struggle between good and evil.
As Bleacher Report great Chinmay once wrote; “pro wrestling is about ‘how,’ not about ‘what.’”