has an odd place among combat sports. When true professional wrestling
collapsed in the 1930s, the theatrical spectacle emerged. Originally, they
simply fixed bouts and later added the hero-vs.-villain aspects to create
one of the most profitable theatre businesses.
terms of business, fake-wrestling cannot be ignored by the kickboxing
community. They stage several times more events than even the K-1. When
fans discuss the prospects of a television channel wholly dedicated to the
fight game, they often fail to realize that fake-wrestling would take up
more air time than kickboxing, boxing and MMA combined. They simply
provide more content than any competitors. Any fight promotional company
looking to hire experienced staff and managers will understand that
fake-wrestling may not be real; but the ring, the stadium and the paying
spectators are very real.
fighters can no longer remain competitive in the fight game,
fake-wrestling offers an alternative. Provided the fighter has modest
acting talent and can appeal to the crowd, he may have a career that will
span decades. Some fighters who either retired to fake-wrestling or simply
taken a gig or two for a quick buck include: Sam Greco, Chad Rowan, Bob
Sapp, Ernesto Hoost, and Gary Goodridge.
dark side that cannot be ignored is that before anyone can discuss making
a living, we must ensure that the man will be able to live life itself.
Many fake-wrestlers are put in a position to gain more and more muscle or
risk being replaced by someone willing to make the sacrifice. Exploitation
comes in many forms and Roddy Piper has stated that fake-wrestlers are
gprostituted in every sense of the word.h Put in a position to choose
between long term health and immediate gratification (money), many people
prioritize by time. In other words, immediate needs outweigh overall
largest show in fake-wrestling is called Wrestlemania. It started in 1985
and has been held annually since by the WWE (formally WWF and WWWF). The
chart below will highlight each Wrestlemania and the participating actor
who died too soon (ie. before age 50).
kickboxers do retire to fake-wrestling, letfs hope they can enter an
environment with far less exploitation. Even if the ex-fighter resists the
temptation to poison himself, going to funerals for troupe mates is not a
pleasant atmosphere. As silly as fake-wrestling is, death is serious and
should be addressed by adults.
May those who have already fallen rest in peace.