Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Wrestling Pt. 2

Posted by lillieeastham on March 22, 2017

I think these readings further emphasized my feelings that professional wrestling is unique in that is almost an inside joke between the athletes and the fans.

Many wrestlers such as Dwayne Johnson and John Cena have made it abundantly clear that they are calm, sweet guys in everyday life. With this being said I think there are most likely very few remaining ‘marks’ who truly believe in the fantasy.

Even if wrestling fans do at times allow themselves to be immersed into the fantasy, I don’t think this makes them any different than fans of movies or television.

In an interview, Kyle MacLachlan, who played the unpopular love interest of one of the ladies on Sex and City said that he has been chased by unhappy mobs of women who felt that he had “treated Charlotte badly”. Similarly, many actors who play villains in films report similar incidents of terrified or angry fans.

Shows like Sex and the City are open about the fact that their plotlines are fictional, and yet fans still blur the lines. It’s hard when becoming attached to characters that you see on such a regular basis, to accept that they are simply not real.

In this way, WWE fans are not idiots, but are more self-aware than super fans of more mainstream shows. Many of them are not delusional, but make an active choice to believe what is front of them. Without this silent contract between fans and the WWE, the live shows would only contain half the energy and excitement that they currently do.


4 Responses to “Wrestling Pt. 2”

  1. I would have to agree with your first few sentences. Most wrestlers are pretty chill guys. Really wrestlers are basically actors which is why a lot of them have played a lot of movie roles, especially the Rock and John Cena.

  2. Kimberlea Ferrell said

    I love that you pointed out how sometimes actors are harassed by fans because of their roles! People keep blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Professional Wrestling really isn’t that much different from these other forms of entertainment as I thought it was.

  3. laurenivey22 said

    I also agree with your first couple of sentences mentioning john cena and dwayne johnson. Wrestlers do tend to be pretty laid back guys and are featured in alot of acting roles because they technically are actors. Its something i had never really thought of before and kind of has me baffled.

  4. faythleighann said

    I honestly hadn’t even tied the connection to professional wrestlers and their other acting roles. That really doe make sense though because they had ego much experience. It really jus shows that WWE has become so large and so many fans are entertained that these wrestlers even have the opportunity to branch into other types of acting.

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