Andy wrote:My comparison was between WWF/WWE shows and, say, The Bachelor: Scripted so as to maximize the false drama being presented, while maintaining the polite fiction of being "real". At least wrestling fans understand what's what, where reality TV fans do not, based on what I see on the covers of the checkout stand magazines.
TV shows are the centerpiece of major promotions, but are only one facet of wrestling as an art. That you're limiting your comparison to WWE shows illustrates how out of your element you are discussing it.
So educate me. What should I be watching nowadays?
Back around 1972, my dad and I watched wrestling on TV all the time. We'd cheer for the Crusher and Dick The Bruiser and Wahoo McDaniel, who were the Good Guys, and jeer Nick Bockwinkle, who was a Bad Guy. If they were called heels and faces back then, I didn't know. To me, it was just good guys and bad guys. "We want whoever the Crusher is wrestling to win, right, Dad?" Couple of times we drove from our little trailer park in Eagle Lake, MN up to Minneapolis to go see matches. One time Dad and his friend John went up to a match and John came back with a gash across his forehead from taking a folding chair to the head in the audience. I was glad I wasn't there for that one.
When I was living in the Chicago area in the late 70s, I'd watch channel 44 every Sunday morning for the wrestling sponsored by Ben's Auto Sales. I'm less clear on names than the early AWA stuff, but I watched it all the time.
So yeah, I loved wrestling.
And then the 80s came and it just seemed like it all turned into glitz and TV saturation and Hulkamania and Wrestlemania #N and wasn't there some big match with Mr. T involved? And then they got the women in for the obvious tits 'n' ass aspect, like wrestling itself wasn't enough. How could I be interested in any of that? I didn't care about bullshit storylines of who was marrying who. I wanted wrestling.
So tell me, what is there now in 2012 that I should be watching that brings back some of the awesome?