Several times I have seen wrestling fans going on the warpath when they read wrestling is fake. They say the wrestlers take real bumps and hits or they talk about Owen Hart and Mick Foley.
Obviously, that is true; the wrestlers take countless bumps in their career. But most of the hits they receive are controlled.
The punches are fake because they are thrown with the hand open; the punches are not real punches so I dare to call it fake. The same principle applies to kicks, slams and any other hit.
Owen Hart died in a sad accident, but it has nothing to do with wrestling being fake or not. It was an accident.
In Mick Foley's case, can we agree he's an exception in the pro wrestling business? Very rare are those who have put their bodies on the line like he did. But even then, all the risks he took were controlled in some way.
Wrestling is fake, but as in the case of a circus performer or a movie stunt man, accidents can happen.
The fights we see in the ring are fake because they are staged. That's why it is fake. To fake is to simulate a real situation, and wrestling is simulating a real battle.
I don't know why many wrestling fans are offended when they hear wrestling is fake. The wrestlers always put their body on the line and they take countless bumps and no one can deny that.
They are athletes who do a dangerous job and they take real hits, but most of the times, the blows they receive are controlled.
I would compare wrestling to action movies. In action movies, there are stunts and stuntmen who put their body on the line, but they are not suicidal.
They know they take risks, but the stunts are controlled by a professional team. The explosions we see on screen, as the final product are real, but controlled. Same with any stunt such as car accidents.
The wrestlers are trained to fall and to take controlled hits. They would never accept to take real punches or to take bumps if they were not professionally trained to do it.
Of course it does hurt to jump off a 20-foot ladder, but the wrestlers are not stupid and they would not do it if there was a 50-50 chance of getting permanently injured.
The wrestler who jumps off a ladder usually gets someone to catch him or to control the fall.
Vince McMahon doesn't want to kill or permanently injure his employees after all.
Obviously, there are risks and I don't deny wrestlers put their bodies on the line day after day, year after year. I don't deny the pain they suffer due to their stunts. But that doesn't mean wrestling is not fake.
And, when I say it's fake, it's not to be disrespectful. By no means I will lack of respect for those who entertain me week after week. But I will call a cat, a cat.