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Is WWE fake and scripted?

Jatin Sharma
113.07K   //    17 May 2014, 22:12 IST

Jeff Hardy on top of a ladder ready to dive on CM Punk.

Is WWE fake? This question has been in existence as long as WWE has been in the business. The reality is WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is as fake as any movie or play that you go to see.  Professional wrestling or pro wrestling has been a major form of entertainment in countries like the US,Canada, Japan and Mexico since early 1900s. In pro wrestling, everything is meticulously planned. The wrestler’s persona, his match ups, the moves that he is going to perform in the ring, what he is going to say in the ring. Everything is done with precise timing to bring finesse to the whole entertainment side of the business.

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For once, look at the image above where you see WWE superstar Jeff Hardy on top of a very tall ladder, ready to jump on WWE superstar CM Punk. Does it look fake to you, the jump, the impact that it would have on Jeff Hardy’s body, on CM Punk’s body.

The wrestlers begin their training by learning how to take bumps or how to fall safely.  The moves they perform in the ring are all real. The dives from the top rope, the slams, the power-bombs, the fall from top of the cage it’s all real. But the outcome of the matches are all predetermined.

As in the name WWE, it is entertainment like movies, plays, theater.

The wrestlers do everything to protect one another. They try not to throw real punches at one another in the ring and use the ring to create the sound of  the impact of the punch by stomping on the mat at the same time as landing a punch. They even protect themselves and other wrestlers as much as they can while performing the slams, the suplexes, the high impact moves.

The blood you see in matches sometimes is also real, but it is also planned in advance during the course of scripting the match. Wrestlers hide pieces of blade in their wrist tapes and cut themselves at the appropriate moment to bring in more drama to the match and increase the level of excitement amongst the fans. Sometimes that goes wrong, as evident from a match between Eddie Guerrero and JBL in 2004. Eddie cut himself too deeply and blood came rushing out. On seeing how much Eddie was bleeding, the ending of the match was hurried and both he and JBL were sent to a hospital, where both were given blood to save their lives.

WWE is as fake as movies can be. But in movies the actors and stuntman get multiple takes to get the scene right. Whereas, in wrestling, there are no takes. The drama, the excitement, the moves in the ring. Superstars like The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Bret Hart, even the 1996 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kurt Angle know how to entertain fans and know the art of exciting the fans with their talking on the microphone or with their wrestling skills.

But despite the fact that the matches are scripted and even the punches are fake, the physical stamina of the wrestlers and their ability to take risks is highly commendable.

Now the question arises that even when the fans know (at least the adult fans) that wrestling is fake, why do people buy tickets and go to the arenas or buy the pay per views to watch two grown man or women, fight in their underwear. Wrestlers throwing one another over the top of ladders or through tables, bleeding themselves.

The answer is simple. Its entertainment for the masses. Fans love and appreciate the wrestlers putting their body on line and entertaining them. Hence despite knowing the wrestling is fake, fans fill up the arenas every day to watch and cheers for their favorite wrestler.

Is the WWE fake? Yes, but it’s entertainment.

Rest is up to you to decide whether to watch it or not.

Jatin Sharma
A cricket fanatic and a social media professional.
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