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Wrestling provides wild entertainment

By Mike Abelson
On February 9, 2012

 

It's that time of the year.

Time to destroy some tables, jump off of ladders, and go for gold; it's Wrestle-mania season!

For the critics who say that wrestling is "fake," I  agree to a point. Wrestling is scripted,  just like any other program on television. The major differences are that wrestling is shot live, is 125 minutes long and is designed under the pretense of being a competitive venture.

Yes, the results are manufactured, but the drama is organic. You wouldn't call "CSI" fake. (Okay, maybe "CSI: Miami," but that's only because of David Caruso.) You wouldn't call "Law and Order" fake either.

The only reason that wrestling gets the short end of the stick is because many people look at it as operating under the pretense of a real sport. That's the furthest thing from the truth. It is a soap opera for men. The melodramatic plot twists, the double crosses, the backstabbing behind the scenes- it's a classic soap opera. The story never ends. It continues to splay and meander off in different directions while still staying connected to the central "good vs. evil" theme that has been at the core of professional wrestling since its inception.

Lest we forget, the best wrestlers also have to be competent actors. Pages of dialogue are written and have to be memorized and delivered perfectly with no chance for a re-do. Wrestlers like Randy Orton, CM Punk, and Chris Jericho are all phenomenal technical wrestlers, but they are also quality actors. Not Emmy-winners, but they do a good enough job to make the viewer fall for the character.

A prime example was Randy Orton's portrayal of the main villain heading into Wrestlemania XXV. I truly hated the character. Orton was conniving, vicious and callous to the point of being the image of pure evil and the crowd ate it up.

Another reason that wrestling is not fake is because of the danger involved. You can rationalize it any way you want, but jumping off of a 20-foot high ladder through a table and onto another wrestler on live television cannot be faked with camera tricks. It's pure, raw excitement.

There is nothing more exciting than a 25-minute back-and-forth match where the wrestlers battle throughout the entire arena. Men the size of pickup trucks doing things that no human should be able to do, and they do it all in one take. Flying 10 feet in the air, jumping off of ladders, slamming chairs with each other, and yet, they still get up and keep going.

With Wrestle-mania XXVIII less than two months away I will be here every week to recap the recent events in the wrestling world, analyze and try to predict where the story will go and who will win the big matches. 

Welcome to The Three Count: Where ladders aren't just for climbing.


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