Comedy has been a staple in the world of professional wrestling for years. In fact, many people believe professional wrestling is nothing more than a variety show in the realm of entertainment. However, does funny equal money?
On this past week's edition of Pro Wrestling Powerhouse Radio, we had a lengthy discussion on whether or not WWE has overdone it in the comedy department. Is this the reason for diminished ratings and overall success in the wrestling business as of late?
Over the course of WWE history, there has been comedic wrestlers in every era—from George "The Animal" Steele and his antics in the '80s to the boom of comedic acts in The Attitude Era with The Rock, Mankind, Crash Holly and others until now with an overwhelming amount of comedic acts on a weekly basis.
In the past, we have seen comedic aspects to many main event wrestlers, including Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle, but they also knew how to turn up the intensity when needed. They had a certain edge to their personas where comedy wasn't everything that they relied upon.
We have also seen comedy done by characters throughout the years. Val Venis and The Godfather were two wrestlers that were funny but had characters to convey that funny. Today, the comedic wrestlers lack the characteristics that we have seen in the past.
Is it the fault of the writers, or is this the type of programming that Vince McMahon himself wants? Can we ever expect Santino Marella or Ricardo Rodriguez to gain that edge to push them above where they are on the card?
In this slideshow, I will give you undeniable evidence on how comedy has completely taken over the WWE roster and whether or not it is a good thing or a bad thing.