A phenomenon is a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen. The existence of phenomenology ties into the fact of philosophy. For example, if a tree falls down in the woods and nobody is there to hear it; does it make a sound?
Philosophers since the beginning of time have studied the idea of a phenomenon and its ideas and origins. Professional wrestling is indeed something that captures the audience in a way that has yet to be seen or described before.
Any football game can be explained by a 20-second sportscast on ESPN's SportsCenter. One team is the clear winner and the other is a loser. It would only take me a few minutes to analyze the Super Bowl and the spectacle that it is.
Simply, every professional sport in the universe can be explained to the common ear without hesitation or miscommunication. As long as the information is delivered correctly, the message will be clear.
However, wrestling is a whole different animal. WrestleMania is the greatest example on the table.
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. Each year brings something different: an iconic moment, one last swan song or an emphatic return highlighting a night of individuality and the embodiment of a superstar.
Today, I will be diving into the aspect of wrestling that makes it a phenomenon. It will be a rather quick slideshow, but I feel that it is necessary to talk about. There will be two main points that I will be going in-depth about.
1. Good vs. Evil
2. Actions Speak Louder than Words
Chinmay, a former Bleacher Report writer, helped me come up with these ideas. It all begins as a kid when it was real to us. There was the hero and his villain. Stone Cold Steve Austin was that hero for us and the Rock was the bad guy that needed to be exiled.
On top of that, actions spoke louder than words for one reason: the language didn't choose your opinion on the wrestler, but rather the person kicking out after three chokeslams or a Rock Bottom. In a way, wrestling is symbolic interactionalism.
Professional is a physical reality that exist by a fan's social definitions. Social definitions develop in part or relation to something that is real. - Jacob Waring
Consequently, is wrestling real? Maybe to the fans, but we will get to that in the upcoming slides. Let us now read together what, as kids, we believed to be our entire thought process.