I’m not talking about high-school or Olympic wrestling, more specifically the WWF.
The typical arguement given is that “its all fake”, or “its all predetermined”. Well, yes that is true. But, surely it is only fake in the same way a film (movie for anyone American-inclined) is fake - It looks real. Surely that is important? Its entertaining and fun to watch. I’ll try to locate a video clip later of someone falling 16 feet off a cage through a table. Can that be construed as fake?
I think a lot of people have a problem with the attitudes of the wrestlers. Little kids end up emulating these guys, and it shows improper handling of situations that should best be handled by talking it out. Guy says something mean to you? Beat him over the head with a chair! Basically, it’s not exactly family values. Now, I don’t really care either way. I’m not a fan because it just doesn’t appeal to me. I think some of the guys are pretty cool, but others I just think look like asses. The thing I don’t like about it, is not that it’s fake…it’s that it just FEELS so fake. Sure, the body slams and stuff are neat, but the punches? Give me a break!
The whole beauty of sport is its ultimate unpredictability.
Your team just might get lucky.The committed and skillful will usually wind up on top but to get there requires dedication and self-belief.
There is such a thing as honest endeavor, you try your best and if you lose at least you gave it a shot.
WWF wrestling is none of these things - it is entertainment, a caberet on steroids, a karaoke of orchestrated violence. Folk cheer, let their emotions loose in the good guy versus bad guy pantomime and go home safe in the knowledge that it isn’t real and has no authenticity.
The fact that it is fake doesn’t even enter into it for me. I consider it to be a gratuitously violent soap opera. My kids don’t really need any more encouragement to hit each other, or to try wrestling moves. It may be an entertainment form, but not the kind I like.
The projection of stereotypes by the WWF is deplorable. The way that women are seen as decorative is ridiculous. The validation of violence as a problem solving tool is unforgivable. The elevation of hype and glamor over substance and style add yet another acre or two to television’s wasteland.
That people view this as entertainment only serves to verify that lowest common denominator programming is still alive and well. To call it a sport demeans all real atheletes and their endeavours. The complete lack of role models or information takes this beyond mindless entertainment and into the realm of the absurd. Pornography has more worthwhile aspects to it than the WWF! The glorification of agression and gratuitous violence is simply unacceptable.
I don’t care what anyone says or how old I get, I still thinks it’s great. I’ve thought so since I was a kid.
I remember someone (maybe Vince McMahon) explaining that wrestling should be viewed as how far our society has evolved. Seriously now.
Remember in Roman times and throughout the ages, people would go to see humans actually kill other humans -all in the name of entertaining the masses. Gladiator battles, ferocious animals setting out on innocent Christians, you know… all that stuff.
Now it seems we like our violence in comic book fashion, with easily identifiable good guys and bad guys and the accepted notion that the whole thing is staged.
You see, we really have come a long way and we owe it all to professional wrestling.
labdude sneaks up behind zenster with a chair. Wack!
Zenster is now out cold! Labdude climbs to the top rope and jumps off landing directly on zensters nads. Now labdude picks up zenster and throws him out of the ring and onto a table. Labdude grabs his decorative hottie and leaves the ring. (/action)
:rolleyes: As unpredictable as a script. A script written for a dull-normal and very easily entertained audience.
It’s not just a soap opera; it’s an abjectly stupid soap opera.
Crashing through a folding table is not proof of the sport’s authenticity.
Some wrassler giving ABC reporter John Stossel real ear damage is not proof that pro wrasslin’ is real.
I resent the “sport” and look down on it because it coopted the name of a very real sport. Pro wrasslin’s a cesspool that scrambles for legitimacy in any way it and its followers can manage. It tries to lend itself legitimacy by signing up former Olympic wrestlers, but far from lending wrasslin’ credibility it merely makes the Olympic wrestler pathetic and tragic, a la “Requiem for a Heavyweight.”
And when we couldn’t imagine Dennis Rodman sinking any lower than he ever did, he joined pro wrasslin’. Truly sad.
Pro wrasslin is to real sport as the Jerry Springer Show is to Sociology and Psychiatry.
Pro wrasslin’s utter lack of essential qualities found in real sport–authenticity and sponteneity–is but one reason it’s so looked down upon. Its sheer stupidity doesn’t help matters, either.
None of the big wrestling companies refer to themselves as “a sport”. They call themselves “sports entertainment”.
The endings of matches and the storylines are scripted. The moves are planned. But a lot of what you’re seeing is not fake.
Also, I mentioned this in another thread somewhere else, that if you try to intellectualize pro wrestling, then OF COURSE you can rip it apart. Guess what? You can do that with half of everything else on television today. Guess what else? I don’t feel like being mentally stimulated 24 hours a day. Sometimes when I get home from work I like to crack a beer and veg out and turn on something mindless. I laugh more at the WWF than I do at “Friends” or “Suddenly Susan”, so what is the difference?