Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Wrestling P2

Posted by katemilner9 on March 23, 2017

The first pair of wrestling readings made us look at wrestling as a cultural influence, but this set takes that further. The Marks Have Gone Off Script makes you consider wrestling as, almost, a type of art. It explains the amount of work that goes into wrestling as a performance, and the amount of attention to detail and preciseness required to yield such an extensive and interactive fandom. Something we’ve seen again and again is the importance of fan engagement when it comes to seeing a media form succeed and strive, and the realm of wrestling doesn’t ignore that. All in all, it’s readings like these that show how little credit we give things like wrestling, as if we forget there’s so much thought and planning going into it, like any other genre of entertainment. Perhaps we can accredit that to how immersive these performances are.

With that though, we must ask how immersive is too immersive? “I Was Stabbed 21 Times by Crazy Fans” shows how sometimes, the characters and situations presented in a wrestling performance could get the fans so riled up that they led to violence towards the performers. This behavior is something I can’t seem to wrap my head around, as it shows just how the lines between reality and performance can be blurred, in a way much more different than on TV or in movies (you wouldn’t assault David Schwimmer just because Ross is your least favorite FRIEND). Wrestling exists on a plane aside from what we see as a traditional actor/character situation, where it’s very clear where one ends and the other begins. It’s almost too focused on world-building to stop and wonder the effects of its hyper-realism on the participants.


2 Responses to “Wrestling P2”

  1. briannaembry said

    The most interesting part of the reading about being stabbed 21 times was the reaction of the victim. He was just like “wow, I’m so honored.” I guess he does have an interesting way of looking at the incident. Although that’s crazy, it kind of shows that he is great at the acting portion of professional wrestling.

  2. vene131 said

    I laughed way to hard at “Ross being your least favorite Friend’ line. But as a pacifist, I completely agree that this kind of fan interaction is way to crazy.

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