I don't think clarifying that it isn't a sport is down talking anything...but you may not have been addressing anything I've written.
I wouldn't make a week in Jim Rose's Circus, either. But that's not a sport, either.Wrestlers put themselves at risk every time they step in the ring, so to call it bullshit is disrespectful. I would challenge anyone on this forum to go through wrestling training and come back and tell me what they just did was "fake", in fact I bet 50% would not make it through a week.
Again, I didn't make any of those statements, and I certainly can't speak for anyone's IQ.I get that pro wrestling is a polarizing discussion, especially here but it frustrates me to see people make such statements without true knowledge. Stating that the only people that enjoy wrestling are those with low IQ's is simply not true and is offensive to those of us that enjoy the product for what it is.
But anyone pretending it's a sport--or even stretching it to "sports entertainment" is fooling themselves.
But if you think your average professonal wrestler is more athletic than your average professional ballet dancer, you would be incorrect.
I am a big fan of accuracy, however.
I would say you've hit the nail on the head. Far more than "sports entertainment" I'd say that professional wrestling is an "athletic soap opera."I never understood why people shit on prowrestling for being fake. All performing arts are fake in the sense that they are scripted and predetermined but u dont hear people cryn that their favorite movie soap opera or ballet was fake. All performing arts require passion and skill stop dissn pro wrestling.
The difference to me is that using a term like "sports" directly implies competition, and you're left with the impression that it would be something like an exhibition match, where athletes compete, but not as vigorously as usual. The scripted, albeit passionate choreography of professional wrestling are much closer to a soap opera being performed by athletic individuals.
It doesn't mean he can't win, it just means that it's not a good indicator of what will happen.