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A part of me wishes that all the bullshit about steroids was true just so that Hulk Hugan would be dead already
Wow, that's both not the way to try and sell "shoot-style writing" nor is it the way to use social media. And it's probably Hogan's worst promo ever to boot.
maybe the wrestling nerds can help me out on this one: when was the accepting 'turning point' of when wrestling stopped being an actual athletic competition and became staged theater? did modern wrestling staples like hitting a dude with a chair or taking the fight outside the ring have a real life example that led to its popularity? come on, i know some of you weirdos love to talk about wrestling.
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Wrestling was It was invented around the start of the 20th century, back then "bear knuckle" fights were all the rage on the side-show circuits but the fighters kept getting too hurt to do it every weekend. Wrestling was a way to give people the violent show that they were craving but without having the performers kill each-other in the process.
Everything from chairs to hammers to cutting is scripted and always was scripted there was no "turning point".
Well Hulk promises it'll be Real again. I hope he can take a few kicks to the knees.
Pretty much. The roots of professional wrestling is a scam where people were asked to bet on lop-sided fights a promoter was advertising only to have the underdog triumph and the promoter sop up all the money. Much of that carney terminology is still in use today, such as mark (people who watch the show, or people who watch it believing it's real) and work (something played off as real but is entirely scripted).
It sort-of evolved from a carney scam to the more vaudevillian entertainment thing it is today.
i get the origins of pro wrestling, but the olden days carny scripted wrestling matches probably looked close to the real thing, right? just with a scripted ending. i guess i'm wondering when the sport stopped trying to convince people it was real and just went full blown ridiculous
That's really hard to point a finger at. It's been a gradual shift. You can point to the introduction of anything as a turning point, such as more unsual moves (piledriver, whipping people into the ropes, top-rope maneuvers). People in the industry admiting that it's not real is relatively recent (even in the 90s, people weren't really willing to admit that), and there are still people that work in pro-wrestling that won't admit it is scripted. There have also been recent examples of federations attempting to go for a more "shoot" (real) style, such as the excellent UWF-i in Japan that was marketed in the United States as Bushido and was a major precursor to mixed martial arts. There have also been examples of MMA fights that were scripted, and are therefore basically professional wrestling matches. It's hard to identify a turning point, and there's certainly no accepted consensus. Realism just gradually gave way to spectacle.
the 50's maybe? Like it's been said before, it's hard to pinpoint when wrestling became wrasslin.
maybe the politics nerds can help me out on this one: when was the accepting 'turning point' of when politics stopped being a collective process of managing state affairs and became staged theater? did modern political staples like claiming god speaks to you or depicting your opponent as a gangland stripper have a real life example that led to its popularity? come on, i know some of you weirdos love to talk about politics.
i don't see the comparison. are you saying i'm asking too broad a question? pro wrestling does not have the history or the complexity of politics. its a legit query.
ps thanks for the info hooker
It went full blown ridiculous well before they stopped trying to keep people believing it's real. The first time I saw an angle where they referenced bookers/agents/jobbing was Buff Bagwell's frst angle after Russo came to WCW which was the end of 1999.
4:22-4:30 is the relevant part.
I would have to say most smarks (if that's still a term used today) would say Vince Russo tried to kill wrestling by breaking kayfabe and shitting on its past.
I think it was around the time Roachbud started bouncing people. Or maybe when Cena_mark started posting his own vlogs.
Cat video spam has been around forever, though. I'm pretty sure the first ever video posted here was a cat video, and there never was a "turning point".
Wrestling is to entertainment as Slurpee is to beverage
i get the origins of liberal democracy, but the olden days aristocratic parliaments probably looked close to the real thing, right? just with a hereditary sovereign. i guess i'm wondering when the election process stopped trying to convince people it was real and just went full blown ridiculous
did i hurt your feelings or something? i'm not asking for dissertation on dishonesty and manipulation in the conduct of the ruling class, i was asking when the first homeboy got hit with a chair. relax, i get it, wrestling is a big deal to you.
I have no memories at all associated with your user name and I've watched less than sixty minutes of pro wrestling in my entire life. Hooker's "realism just gradually gave way to spectacle" reminded me of government in the age of television, that's all.
So, a 58 year old man wants to enter the ring with a bunch of steroided 20-somethings and fight for real? Enjoy the new hip, Hulk.
Randy Couture could do it, why not the Hulkster?
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