Is that professional wrestling's fault? Or is that amateur wrestling's fault? Amateur wrestling could stand to do a lot of things to make itself more popular. Many of the positive changes that have happened over the years to grow the sport in terms of popularity, were in many ways like pulling teeth. There are a multitude of things amateur wrestling has done and continues to do that are self deprivation. Not as bad as it used to be, but we still need work. Blaming professional wrestling is one of those many things. If Rap music is popular is the thing to do for rock and country music to sit around and cry about it? Or is the thing to do to make Rock and Country music better so that they grow in popularity?
For a sport full of a lot of tough conservative, "no excuses" people, "It's pro wrestling's fault we're not more popular" sure as Hell sounds like an excuse to me.
It is not their fault. But it would be amateur wrestling's fault to buy into the narrative of "soap opera for men" being in any way legitimate. MMA actually gave amateur wrestling a huge amount of credibility and folks want to buy in to the wrestlers are neanderthals and a bit of a joke. The thing that gets me is wrestling fans (in the US) want this. On the other hand I have been on record for at least a decade that wrestling fans are there own worst enemy. BTW, another program, in wrestling heartland (sort of) just bit the dust.
Edited by sgallan, 20 March 2018 - 12:53 PM.