Why do people enjoy soap operas? Why do children adore cartoons? Among all else, why do people watch professional wrestling? What is the appeal of the sports entertainment industry? Professional wrestling has a rich history that spans well over one hundred years. The sport has remained popular and has made money for decades. What draws people to this form of entertainment?
Everyone likes a good brawl. Despite how peaceful we are as people, it’s fun to see someone get the snot knocked out of them every now and then. Professional wrestling provides that platform. The sport itself is extreme stage combat. Countless hours of training go into ensuring the moves can be performed without actually hurting their opponents. Pacifists can rest assured knowing they’re not truly promoting violence when all that’s happening is choreography. The moves can potentially be quite dangerous but are performed in the most controlled environment possible.
Drama truly makes a program worth while. Despite how much we protest it, the drama is what keeps us watching. Sure, we’d love to see “Person A” punch “Person B” after cheating with “Person C” but we want to see that punch so bad because of the situation. Good shows feature a healthy dose of drama with their action sequences. Professional Wrestling features power struggles, romances, betrayals and so much more. In recent years, WWE programming has become the titan of the sport. They’ve successfully blurred the lines of reality by keeping with social media and real world events. The story-lines follow the performer’s real lives more closely and provide us with a reality television vibe.
The show is completely family appropriate now. In recent years, parents would have worried about letting their children watch wrestling. WWE now boasts a PG rating and provides family friendly entertainment. While the WWE caters to the children, the older fans can still be pleased with the current storylines as well. Bring your son to cheer for John Cena while you watch The Shield take down Evolution.
As a child, I was drawn to the larger than life stylings of professional wrestling. The performers were nothing short of real-life superheroes. Now my nephew is hooked on wrestling as well. The sport is quite worth-while and as they say, “Don’t knock it until you try it!” There is a reason wrestling is always on television in some way, shape or form. Now is a better time than ever to tune in and see what the buzz is all about.