To wrestling fans, professional wrestlers are like real life super heroes and super villains. Fans are aware it’s entertainment, but they are willing to suspend disbelief to be entertained. Even though the outcomes are scripted, no one really knows what’ll happen next. Even the wrestlers themselves aren’t always in on the finish. Wrestlers portray some pretty outlandish characters inside the ring, but who they are outside of it is often even more outlandish. As athlete’s do, they’ll grow too old for the job, but often that doesn’t stop them from putting their health and safety on the line. Even when the industry has chewed them up and spit them out many wrestlers keep at it, despite losing all their fame and fortune. The business is unique in it’s own right. It’s full of massive egos that regularly clash with each other, and the outcome is often on display for a viewing audience. It’s hard not to take it personal when you’re told to lose for a living.
October 31, 2013