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Back in those days, when Verne Gagne was the World Champion of the Seven County Mosquito Control District here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul,.Minnesota, pro wrestling had just begun to peek over the TV horizon and was drawing big crowds (for those days) to the live events. I was a graduate student in those days and I have to tell you that it was considered declassé, to say the least, to be a fan of this sporting event. Not only did I attend the live events, often coaxing a reluctant friend or two to accompany me, but I even watched the much tamer (and lamer) TV presentation. You know how it went. Some local announcer would let a couple of wrestlers rant and rave about how they were going to demolish one another when they finally get to meet in the ring. Often, the performers spoke so loudly into the mike that you couldn't understand a word they said. This, however, was part of the charm. Nowadays, with Hulk Hogan and the WWF, pro wrestling has gone big time. Also, the question, "Is it r eal or is it fake?" appears to have been answered. Or has it?
I once saw Mr. T on a talk show where a member of the audience suggested that what Mr. T did in the ring was all fake, scripted and choreographed to the last hurrah. Mr. T promptly walked into the audience, picked the man up, did an airplane spin and then body slammed him onto the stage. "There!" he growled, "Did that feel fake to you?"
The point is well taken. Clearly, what pro wrestlers do in the ring, choreographed, scripted or whatever, is certainly not "fake" in every sense of the word. These guys are superb athletes in very, very good condition. The ring may be padded and sprung, but being thrown ten feet across the ring into the ropes, only to spring back into the air and onto your back...has GOT to hurt.
And pro wrestling introduced the "gimmick" into sports. Each performer had a cute name (especially the bad guys) and a mischievous ploy...a special throw, a sleeper hold, an especially hard somersault, even a way of speaking. All of this makes for good entertainment in the good old Roman gladiator sense.
So it goes with politics these days. With media proliferating like breeding rabbits, it is becoming increasingly costly and difficult for those bozos to get anyone's attention. So, they are resorting ever more to devices, tricks and capers. For example:
So, the next time a candidate shouts (over the crowd in the background chanting his name in unison) to a local TV announcer about how he is going to "annihilate his adversary".or "get America moving again" or bring us all "hope, opportunity and growth," ask yourself. "Is it real or is it fake?" In the end, only you can say.
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