I really want to know so I thought I'd ask some of you guys this question because you always get those mixed words with, 'Oh yeah, it is man(fake). Dude you think when those guys bled, its real?' And, I'm just standing wondering is this guy a douche. Come on! it was live and the guy looks like he's passing out from bleeding profusely.
Of course it's fake. You can get hurt doing that for real.
Athletic acting is what it is. Sure, accidents happen. The WWE or WWF(whatever it was called at the time) was gonna hire this new wrestler who could throw up at will(no kidding), and call him Puke.Its in a documentary if you don't believe it. Anyways, pretty soon he broke his neck being pile-dived or something like that. Ed MacMan? was decent enough to give him a job behind the scenes when he recovered. I used to work out in a gym- have written about it too- where some of the top wrestlers were working out also; Ric Flair popped in once so did Arnold S. Made buds with one of the wrestlers. Babyfaces are the good guys and Heels are the bad guys. Roddy "Hotrod" Piper showed up one day but didn't do anything.
I've always thought of wrestling as real, since they really get up there and have physical contact, but it is choreographed like a dance or theater piece: it's decided who is going to win or lose ahead of time and what moves are going to happen to produce the performance.
You might try and ask a wrestler directly. See what he says.
Pro wrestlers are at as much risk as stunt performers (yes you can break a leg or your nose can bleed). It's all for show.
The OP's question brought back memories of watching wrestling on TV in the late 40s, early 50s. It was HUGE entertainment, to the point of dominating the broadcast networks. My father was a TV pioneer, selling and servicing TVs as early as 1951. In our house, after dinner, we turned on the TV for an hour of wrestling. Before and after that hour, there were nothing but broadcast test patterns to see.
In those days, pro wrestling was already an act (you can read about the history on Wikipedia). But if you want to see the real thing, go to a high school or college wrestling match. This man-on-man grappling sport has been around for about 5,000 years (never mind woman-on-woman...that's a little more recent, and also very much for show).
WWE is currently hiring creative writers to create the scripts for upcoming matches...I'm not kidding. I've been job hunting and saw the listing. So, absolutely, as fake as a soap opera.
(And no, I didn't apply)
Yowsers! How funky. If you hire a writer to create a script, then it's definitely all fake, as in fiction. Don't get me wrong, screen writing requires skill and talent, but its purpose is to entertain (unless we're talking about indies and documentaries, and even then...). I can only imagine the pay rate for the writer.
It payed okay - but not enough for me to set aside the disgust I feel when I see WWE shows. My 10-yr-old nephew loves it, but I think it is incredibly inappropriate for kids!
Well honestly, it was full time and not home based so I couldn't apply. It's a living for someone.
I once read a wonderful book on this subject and I really wish I could remember the name of it for you, or who wrote it. Really helpful, that information, I know!! Sorry...
Essentially, however, the guy was saying that although yes it is/was most of all an act, it had to be made to look believable. That meant that accidents could happen and that injuries could occur through, "Trying to make it look good..." He said that the most common injuries would be to his kidneys and that passing water could mean passing blood for days at a time.
I remember as a kid, wrestling used to be on TV here in the UK but so far as I know, it has completely died out. It was famed as a "sport" loved by elderly women and I must admit, the only fans I ever knew of wrestling were women over a certain age (60'ish). It used to be shown on Saturday lunch times, while the men were all at the pub before heading to the football. I remember one old lady who lived over the back fence from me who used to love it when her man went out early to the pub on a Saturday, so as she could watch the wrestling.
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