The Allure of Professional Wrestling
If wrestling is what people say it is, two guys in underwear on top of each other, then, for those of us who watch week after week, what draws us to professional wrestling.
Is it the storylines? The high spots exhibited by the light heavyweights? Maybe its the glamour, such as the pyrotechnic entrances with theme music. Or could it be the battle between good and bad fought every week?
Professional wrestling has come a long way since its beginnings. In the early, it was a circus sideshow where men were really fighting each other until one man gave up or died. Today, wrestling is choreographed enough that they fans are entertained (for the most part), but nobody gets hurt, other than unintentional injury.
Just because wrestling is choreographed, does it make wrestling completely fake? No. I happen to believe wrestling is far from fake. Those who criticize wrestling for being "fake" will never know the amount of blood, sweat , tears, and training that these competitors have put into their craft.
Wrestling takes the rap for being fake, but isn't everything else we see on TV fake? Apart from the news, shows like Law & Order, Heroes, and yes, even Hannah Montana (sorry young girls) are acted out, making them fake. Even "reality" shows like The Real World and Rock of Love have added Drama.
It definitely wasn't fake when Darren Drozdov was paralyzed after a missed step from D'lo Brown or when Bret Hart had a career ending concussion after a kick to the head from Goldberg.
With the fake argument out of the way, what is it really that draws us to professional wrestling. For me personally, I like to see two good wrestlers in the final match of their feud where they let out all their frustration with each other, and tell a story in the ring.
One of my favorite examples of this is the epic encounter between Undertaker and Kane. Both had fiery entrances, and when they made their way to the ring for that first encounter, you knew that a you were about to see something special. As they fought each other, you saw a big brother who at first refused to raise a hand against his own flesh and blood, but then decided to teach his little brother a lesson.
Many watch wrestling because that's where the unexpected happens. Whoever thought that America's hero Hulk Hogan would one day turn on the fans, and team up with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form the New World Order, probably the most powerful faction of all time. And who could forget Hulk Hogan body slamming Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3. I wasn't alive for this, but even watching the replay makes you believe that anything can happen in wrestling.
Even in today's wrestling, where a lot of the excitement has died down, and many fans have tuned out, there is something that keeps me watching. Maybe it's the possibility another attitude era looming by. Or the fact that if TNA plays their cards right they could possibly compete with WWE on the same level that WWE did. One thing is for sure, wrestling is like the stuffed animal that you have had since you were little, but your just not ready to get rid of, no matter how hard you try.
I know that many things enticed me to become a wrestling fan when i was younger. These are just a few things. Feel free to share your comments on how you got into wrestling, and why you continue to watch, even though a lot of the glamour of wrestling has died down since WWE bought out their two main competitors, WCW and ECW, back in 2001.
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