Gosh didn’t you know that?? Why, everyone knows that surely?! Growing up as a fan of the WWE (back then WWF) and WCW, all I saw were men throwing themselves across canvas against ropes and with another guy equally huge in stature if not greater. They had brightly coloured outfits that dazzled in the lights, pink, green, yellow, electric blue…. some so fluorescent you were blinded by every move. But it was those moves that mesmerised. Quick as lightening and considering their sizes you’d be convinced it HAD to be trickery. Right?
There have been hundreds of injuries sustained in the ring. Owen Hart was so severely injured by the ‘fake’ moves that he ultimately lost his life. Lives changed and mapped out differently because of ‘fakery’. Since June of this year, I’ve met and spent time with alot of wrestlers, many who I watched growing up. Some I’ve looked at and thought how amazingly fit they were, and how I still admired them. What I also saw were men (and some women) who were still carrying the pain and effects of injury. Injuries they took in the ring for our entertainment. Yes they follow story lines, that’s the showbiz part but there is nothing AT ALL fake about the physical demands and dedication it takes to become a wrestler.
Personally I have an even greater respect for these guys as artists aswell as sportsmen & women. Hours and hours spent daily practicing over and over so they execute moves safely and with precision. I’ve spent a fair whack of time studying their bodies (what an awful job I have..) and you can see scars that run deep and muscle in places that you wonder if there is even a piece of gym equipment capable of doing that?! Let’s not forget the mental stamina it must take to allow yourself to take a beating on top of the aggressive storylines that can sometimes become personal.
So yeah wrestling is, of course, not real. I’m sure many will go away and think that I’m going to have this biased point of view as a fan but how many Olympic sports can you name that are ‘fake’?
It’s a crazy sport full of absolute nutcases and some of the most wonderful and flamboyant characters you’ll ever meet. Embrace it for all its brilliance. I have. And I LOVE it!