If you want the short answer, yes.
However, the real question is why does it matter?
I’ve been a professional wrestling fan for years, I said it. Why am I a fan? I am a wrestling fan for the numerous and endless amount of characters that I can follow, follow them through their triumphs and also their failures; I am a wrestling fan for the matches that are filled with excitement, emotion, and suspense; I am a wrestling fan for the storylines that intrigue me and make me want more after it’s left my television screen and lets me escape from reality; I am a wrestling fan because it’s fake.
Although Vincent Kennedy McMahon has beat it into peoples’ mind that wrestling is “Sports Entertainment” and we have all become to hate the term, it’s exactly what it is. While I do believe we can all agree that professional wrestling is a form of entertainment, some may question my belief that it is a sport, so let’s look at the definition of what “Sports” are:
an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
Whether it’s fake or not, pro wrestling does indeed meet the criteria of being a sport. So to those who believe wrestling’s status of being real or fake makes or breaks reasoning for enjoying it, how does it feel to have sports being labeled under the same umbrella as professional wrestling? Professional wrestling match results may be determined before the match even begins, but in the end it still serves the same purpose as any sport does.
Let’s say you’re still not sure why on earth somebody would like pro wrestling, how about we look at entertainment in general? One of television’s hottest shows at the moment is “The Walking Dead,” where the setting is during a zombie apocalypse. The show is beloved by millions, yet professional wrestling is frowned upon for being fake. To go back to the term “Sports Entertainment,” a term that’s been used by WWE, a company that many instantly think of when they hear professional wrestling, for decades now. The world’s largest pro wrestling company is just an inch shy of telling everyone that what they do isn’t real. If the companies don’t promote it as real and if the fans don’t think that it’s real, why is it an issue if it’s real or not?
Replace The Walking Dead with any other sitcom you’d like, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, etc. and you’d get the same result, they go hand-in-hand with professional wrestling. The same goes for movies, does anybody actually believe Liam Neeson’s daughter got kidnapped multiples times, Transformers are real, or there’s actually Star Wars that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? The answer is no. If that’s the case, why do we watch them? To get out of reality, to see things that we wouldn’t otherwise see in our lives, to follow a story or multiple stories, to be entertained.
There are a variety of things that professional wrestling offers that interests people, there are characters that you can get behind and want to win or hate so much you want to see them get beat up by the good guy, there are phenomenal athletes trading impressive move after impressive move. When it’s all said and done, professional wrestling is no different than your favorite television show or movie franchise except for the fact that the result is predetermined, and honestly, that’s the least interesting part about it.
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