Pro Wrestling: How It Has Survived Over 100 Years:

There is one thing that I have seen as a wrestling fan throughout the years. I can always count on folks to declare pro wrestling dead.

It’s amusing since I used to believe such rubbish. These guys have been proven wrong time and time again.

Let me begin by emphasising that professional wrestling is in no danger. It has never been in trouble and is unlikely to be in trouble in the future. Folks, professional wrestling has been around for nearly a century.

It’s as synonymous with America as apple pie and baseball. Wrestling has weathered numerous depressions, bans on violence, and even bloody battles.

Let’s take a look at a worst-case scenario for a moment, shall we? Wrestling would thrive even if WWE and TNA both closed at the same time.

Many people predicted that when wrestling was exposed as a hoax in the 1920s, it would die out.

What’s this, people? Wrestling not only survived, but thrived, reaching greater heights than ever before.

Also, “How can people still watch that stuff?” if I hear it one more time. I’m going to freak out because it’s false.” People, we know it’s a hoax, so don’t judge those of us that do watch it.

To begin, let me state that this will not just a couple of pages of raving. Consider the worst-case scenario for a moment. Wrestling would survive even if WWE and TNA both folded at the same time.

When wrestling was proven to be a hoax in the 1920s, many people predicted that the sport would collapse.

Guess what, people? Wrestling not only survived, but thrived and soared to greater heights than ever before.

The legitimacy of professional wrestling has been questioned since its inception in the late 1800s.

Wrestling was mostly found at fairs and circuses back then. It was an instant hit, and it helped sell tickets for years to come.

Carnies used to always protect their product, just like they did their sideshows.

Back then, most of the other major sports despised wrestling. Boxing, on the other hand, despised it the most, owing to the fact that wrestling was always lumped in with it.

The major sports would get their wish in the late 1920s. The public would be made aware that wrestling was a sham.

For the first time, it was thought that pro wrestling would come to an end. It survived, much to the surprise and dismay of the other sports. Whether it was because people were slow to absorb this new information, or because they simply didn’t care. Pro wrestling would continue to exist.

Pro wrestling would only become more popular in the 1940s. The NWA would form, as most of you are probably aware.

However, it should be noted that, according to NWA purists, the NWA began in the 1920s. The NWA would only tighten the industry and make it more difficult to crack.

To make it appear legitimate, the NWA would occasionally throw in some “Shoot” matches. Even in those days, being a pro wrestler or even a fan of pro wrestling was frowned upon.

People wondered, and continue to wonder, “How can people watch that stuff?” In case you are unaware, let me explain how people can and do watch wrestling.

Politics, drama, and sports are three things that most Americans enjoy. Legitimate sports will always be superior, and rightly so. These legitimate sports cannot provide all three of the aforementioned benefits.

Sure, they can give you sports, which can then be turned into drama. What they can’t do is tell you a wrestling story. Wrestling isn’t known as a male soap opera for nothing.

Back then, all you had to do was read the local newspaper, watch TV, or listen to the radio. If there was a crisis or a problem in the country, you can bet wrestling would find a way to make an angle out of it.

Wrestling would frequently use the world wars as a backdrop in the 1940s to generate excitement among fans. Of course, the blond-haired, blue-eyed babyface would always come through for the United States of America.

During the 1950s, when racial tension was at its peak, wrestling capitalised on it by promoting new black stars in the south in order to attract black audiences. It is also worth noting that, similar to baseball, pro wrestling broke down racial barriers in the 1950s when Bobo Brazil defeated Buddy Rogers to become the first black man to hold the NWA title.

This is a pattern that will continue throughout wrestling’s history.

Wrestling has always found a way to sink its teeth into us and keep us entertained. People couldn’t look away even though they knew it was a hoax.

Even in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, they were still using society and politics to entice fans. The WWF used the cold war in the 1980s.

Hulk Hogan, the all-American face, would frequently face off against the evil Russians.

When Reaganomics was at its worst, Hogan would go on to fight the rich bigwigs. He went up against the IRS and Ted DiBiase, the “Million-Dollar Man.”

Sgt. Slaughter would also turn against his country and become an Iraq sympathiser during the United States’ first skirmish with Iraq. Hogan would once again save the day for the United States of America.

When artists began to fight censorship in the 1990s, the WWF gave us the “Attitude” era. We’d meet antiheroes like Stone Cold, Brian Pillman, DX, and the Rock, to name a few.

You can bet your bottom dollar that professional wrestling will always be there to profit from it.

Wrestling, as I stated at the outset, will always exist. People will want to put it to rest, just as they have in the past. This is a never-ending back-and-forth.

Wrestling, on the other hand, will always be looked down upon and will be around for a long time.

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