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Oh WWE, so much drama

I turned on WWE Raw for a bit tonight and not much has changed in the years since I last tuned in. But I'd forgotten just what a soap opera it really is.

I'm referring to professional wrestling, by the way (I'm guessing few if any of you watch or have ever watched it). I did, though — used to. Back when I ran the action figure business, wrestlers were quite popular. So one night, many years ago, the man and I turned on WWF (now WWE) to see what it was all about. I am probably the least likely person ever to watch pro wrestling, but I'll admit I got sucked into it. We both did.

We were regular viewers for a couple years from the late 90s into early this century. It was right about when The Rock was at the height of popularity, Mankind had re-emerged on the scene, Triple H was about to abandon the powerful DX and transform from villain to good guy, Edge and Christian had the coolest entrance and theme song, and The Hardy Boyz mesmerized with their high-flying performances. We even went to a WWF Smackdown show once. That was quite an experience and I can honestly say I had a lot of fun.

Former big names of pro wrestling often retire to local and regional circuits, so the man and I also went to a couple of those. We got to meet King Kong Bundy and The Iron Sheik at such events. We got a photo taken with King Kong Bundy that is absolutely hilarious. He has his hand around my neck and the size of his hand in comparison to my neck is quite a sight.

Professional wrestling is basically a soap opera of muscled and oiled characters in theatrical costumes who settle everything with violence in the squared circle. There's a lot of backstabbing and double-crossing in the quest for the title belt. Alliances are formed and broken as friends become enemies and vice-versa. There are mysteries that play out and even romance sometimes gets woven into the stories. The commentators act as dramatic narrators to it all. It's totally ludicrous, of course, but also as addictive as any other soap.

Anyway, I watched about half of Raw tonight and in addition to wrestlers I didn't know, there were some of my old favorites (I'm talking about you, Triple H) playing out some backstage drama, much to my delight. Don't worry, I have no plans to start watching wrestling again, but it was fun to catch a glimpse again.


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Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Pro wrestling has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. On Saturday we had Big Time Wrestling, this was on of the numerous regional wresting outfits there were around before Vince McMahon took over Pro Wrestling. But I remember the original Sheik, Vampiro Firpo, and my favorite, Bobo Brazile with his signature move, The Cocoa Butt! Then I stopped watching for years, found it again with the first Wrestlemania. I watched Raw when it was on USA with Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Henan and my favorite at that time, Rowdy Roddy Piper. I stopped watching when the chicks got into it, for many reasons but really, I don't like to watch girlfights, at all!

Edited at 2008-12-23 02:33 pm (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I know who most of the 80s wrestlers were because of the action figures (also my little brother was into it then). But you go way back with it! You never cease to surprise me, nanewt.

Yeah, most of the girl fights were ridiculous. I did like China, though.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
My best friend was totally into that for a few years, but I never shared his enthusiasm. I was pretty young and just thought it was another sport that was being faked to dupe people into buying tickets. My friend didn't explain it all that well.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oh there's a lot of fakery involved, but aside from little kids, I don't think anyone's being duped. It's a performance. The wrestling matches are predetermined and somewhat choreographed, but those guys are quite skilled at what they're doing. And plenty of real injuries happen in addition to the vast amount of fake ones.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know the whole thing's just a big drama, but at the time I just though it was another capitalist-fakery sport.

Wasn't I cynical? :)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Wasn't I cynical?

What's funny is I can actually imagine you as a youngster watching wrestling, thinking "capitalist fakery!"
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Awww, rasslin', the memories ...

I had a roommate years ago, Johnnie, and he worked for the cable company and we got all the pay per view stuff free. We used to watch rasslin all the time. LOL!
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
And here I thought I would be the only one to have ever watched it among my flist. Ha. Who knew? I never have seen a WrestleMania, but if we'd gotten pay-per-view for free, I wouldn't have missed them ;)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised you'd be a Triple H fan? ;D

I watched it for a while in the 90s when I was younger (and dumber). Still, I've moved past it myself and don't plan to watch it. I've let it stay on the tube a few times when nothing else is on and it's just as soap opera-y as you describe.

See, I've moved on to shows without all the falsely inserted drama. Like Battlestar Galactica.

...wait a minute...
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I did love me some Triple H. I'm not into muscle men as a rule, but uh. Yeah. Also, he was just so damn intense.

See, I've moved on to shows without all the falsely inserted drama. Like Battlestar Galactica.


PS - My image of you is totally blown ;)
Dec. 24th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Pffft. As if you had a good image of me to begin with. ;)
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