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Wrestling Essay, Research Paper

I would just like to start out and say that I don?t think that

watching wrestling on television is worth while. I can?t understand how

millions of people sit around their living rooms watching a bunch of

muscle-bound wanna be jocks play fight and talk *censored*. IT?S NOT REAL!

What else do I have to say? The wrestlers and the officials admit it. The couch

potatoes that watch this garbage are drawn in by the story of all things. You

see, there is an ongoing saga behind every pseudo-body slam. None of it is real

though, none of the trash talking, partnerships, or the fighting is real. Even

so, people still are addicted to it. Wrestling today is bigger than it has ever

been before. It is constantly ranked first on the Neilson Ratings (along with

2nd, 3rd, and so on until 7th). So, my question is, why is this phony wrestling

so popular? Professional wrestling is one of the many worthless products of the

1980?s. It had it?s time in the spotlight in the mid to late 80?s with

super-stars like Hulk Hogan and Andr? The Giant. Then faded along with eight

tracks and wine coolers. The difference, wrestlers along with the officials

swore that every move was real. Every time Hulk Hogan fake-punched his opponent

while simotaniously stomping his foot on the floor to create the illusion that

he actually hit him, was supposed to be real. As the 90?s rolled in wrestling

took a bout of silence. For an instant I thought that people had found the same

thing that I had, a remote control, and changed the channel. We aren?t that

lucky though because it is back, WWF and WCW are more popular than ever. The WCW

and the WWF are not offiliated though. The WCW consists of has been super stars

like Hulk Hogan, now known as Hollywood Hogan, and Rick Flair. On the other hand

the WWF hasa new fresh redneck blood like Stone Cold Steve Austin and his

archival Kane. Only the WWF gives drug tests to it?s participants, which is

funny because all the old has beens have had a history of steroid use then quit,

but now they are as ripped as they have ever been… hmmm sounds fishy. Most of

the wrestling fan base watches the WWF, the fans say that it has a better story

line and more appealing characters. While the WCW just has old burnouts who are

hooked on steroids and can?t write a simple script. At a time when Jerry

Springer?s ratings are at an all time high, it does not surprise me that

people may occasionally tune into something like pro-wrestling, but week after

week just seems like too much. According to Time.com, "…about 34 million

people watch wrestling every week".(Time, 1999) People who watch television

these days want to see violence, they want to see controversy and conflict. The

ironic thing is that the WWF and the WCW boast about themselves being

"non-violent" and a family oriented program because all the wrestling

is staged. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, "…in 50 episodes

of "WWF RAW is War" on the USA network featured 42 instances of

simulated drug or alcohol use or possession; 1,658 instances of wrestlers

grabbing or pointing to their crotches…" (EW, 1999) now, how family

oriented is talking about drugs while grabbing your crotch? They buy into this

nighttime soap opera of a sport, knowing that it is actually just like any other

action-adventure with little plot of conflict and resolution. Of a two hour

program, only about a half an hour is devoted to actual wrestling matches. You

must wade through the countless trash talking, advertisements, and amateur

fights before you finally get to a main event which will, of course have the

outcome predetermined by the participants. Now the WWF and the WCW are

everywhere, there is tons of merchandise from shirts to video games, and they

are all over the Internet. The official sight of the WWF (WWF.com) has had a

traffic increase of 300 percent just since April 1998.(cnn.com) Each sight is

about the same, they give the latest news and profile a select few wrestlers.

The obvious rivalry between the two is blatantly obvious in site chat rooms. The

chatters boast that Stone Cold could beat Goldberg or vice versa. Everyone has a

distinct view on this wrestling issue, I just wish there was no issue.

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