Wait, wrestling isn’t real? It’s one of my favourite pass times reading through comments by non-wrestling fans complaining that wrestling is fake, because they have to at some point realise that we don’t care.
And anyway, it’s pre-determined.
WWE is reportedly very keen on making its product more believable and more like “a real sport” despite the age of kayfabe being well and truly dead.
You will have seen that during the Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre match last night, Ric Flair was interviewed at ringside, much like a coach would be interviewed during a football game or a UFC fight.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said:
“That’s the thing they’re trying to copy real sport. They’ve been doing this in UFC now where they’ll have like a sideline reporter and interview the corner-men and things like that which I think is so annoying, but that’s the new thing that they do. So that’s what they were trying to copy, that sports thing and usually they don’t have managers so usually they don’t have a chance to do that here, but with Flair at ringside. Yeah, to hear Flair interviewed while the match is going on that was quite something.”
Now that WWE is on FOX on Friday nights, you can expect a lot more of these tactics to pop up during shows to make things more sporty.