The stars of wrestling and how they aren’t so different than your favorite comic book heroes & villains!
A little while back in an episode of the Bleed, around Wrestlemania, I confessed my love for Pro Wrestling (or “Sports Entertainment”, if you prefer).
I can’t really explain why a 31 year old like myself still sits in front of my television every Monday and Friday night (and one Sunday a month) and tune into this type of entertainment...it’s just something I’ve done most of my life, ever since I first saw Hulk Hogan point his all-powerful finger at some poor jabroni on WWF Superstars one Saturday morning after my cartoons before laying down a few punches, irish whipping his foe into the ropes, causing him to predictably run into Hogan’s big yellow boot before falling victim to his deadly leg drop of doom. Why stop now?!
It was like watching a superhero from one of my comic books come to life and lay waste to evildoers but for real. Almost real. Real enough for a young kid.
Things have changed in the past few decades in the world of pro wrasslin’, we went from Hulk Hogan and his bright yellow tights, to the “Attitude Era” where middle fingers, crotch chops, and bra and panties matches reigned supreme (there was even a few ritualistic sacrifices here and there...no biggie), and all the way back again to a PG era with larger than life heroes that battling almost cartoonish bad guys.