Saturday, July 29, 2006
I only became a fan of pro-wrestling recently, seduced into it by my wife's love of the sport since she was a teenager when she used to watch Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant with her brothers. I now join the multitude of fans who scoff when the uninitiated say it's "Fake" - these guys are real athletes doing really dangerous stuff, who cares if the winner was decided beforehand? You get a great combination of soap opera and pantomime, along with an outlet for all that bloodlust. After all, it's not a good pay-per-view unless there's a bit of claret spilt.
Anyhow, tonight we got to see great tag-team action, throws, death-defying leaps and some great theatre. The final match was a "Hard Core" match and featured wrestlers being smashed over the head with street signs, garbage bins, chairs, a keyboard and even a baking tray. The climax of the match included a cricket bat wrapped in barbed wire, a barbed wire table, three smashed tables, a 10' ladder and (last but not least) a generous sprinkling of thumb tacks across the ring. Mick Foley would have been proud.
In all it was spectacular, it was fun, and it certainly wasn't fake! The barbed wire left very real cuts on these guys, as did the thumbtacks. They really do throw each other from the top rope halfway across the ring and 5 feet down onto the canvas. I would never do it myself, but it is a wonderful escape and worthy of a look.
"Not fake ... not fake" - then he's dragged back in.
( P ) Pronunciation Key (spôrt, sprt) n.
a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
b. A particular form of this activity.
2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
3. An active pastime; recreation.
Wikipedia's entry on sport says:
A sport consists of a physical and/or mentally competitive activity carried out with a recreational purpose for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of the above.
Using these definitions, I would say that pro wrestling is a sport. But since many people will argue this point- I am willing to settle for Sports Entertainment.
What ever way you look at it- There can be no denying that they do alot of training and exert themselves physically when participating. Anyone who knows someome involved in the sport will attest to the long hours spent practicing moves and injuries involved.
I've been to live events- and the blood is real- no razorblades here.
Yes there is the fake storylines and the outcomes are pre-determined, and the punches are open handed- but that does not mean that the actual physical contact is not real. You cant fake a throw. Besides- how long do you think it would last if a backbreaker, suplex, or DDT actually did real damage?
If pro wrestling is not a sport and just "sports entertainment" then I guess you could say that T.V soap operas are 'Life entertainment'.