To be honest, I think the best genre to desribe pro-wrestling is theater. Live performances several times a week, full of over-the-top melodrama and strenuous physical performance. Just replace song-and-dance numbers with suplexes and "steel" chair shots and you've got it.
Re: acting, there are a number of wrestlers with great charisma and the ability to deliver their tough-guy lines more than competently. Some of them have great senses of humor as well. I really miss Kurt Angle, who was both a great athlete and hilarious on the mic and in backstage skits. Sadly, not even he and Christian have been able to get me into TNA, though.
Re: kayfabe, I think that term is usually used to refer to selling the storyline as if it's real - like what they're doing now with Vince's "death". Unfortunately this storyline has too many holes to be really believable to anyone (note the fans booing on ECW and Smackdown this week at the solemn "tributes"). The last time I remember them doing this kind of thing successfully was when they tried to convince us that Matt Hardy really wasn't supposed to be on TV attacking Edge. Even that got silly after the first week, though.
(BTW, is it just me or did it seem a bit ghoulish to have Chavo Guerrero commenting on Vince's phony death, after his uncle actually did die 19 months ago?)
I agree with you ackack on all points made. Kurt Angle was probably the best all-round wrestler in the business, his "Battle Rap" with pre-overused John Cena, and "The Midget Kurt" promo were his golden promos. The thing that bothered me was when WWE turned him heel and he became more "violent and destructive" I just didnt like it. Plus when he told WWE he was taking a few months off to "rest his body" then a week later signed with TNA. The WWE is pushing superstars with gimmicks and great mic skills into the main event (Khali- gimmick, Umaga- gimmick, Cena- ??, Mr. Kennedy..........KENNEDY- gimmick and GREAT mic skills, Edge- gimmick and mic skills on some nights, Batista- ??, just to name a few)
Plus I didnt know there were fellow WWE fans on here (albeit 3 people), we should open up a thread in "sports and leisure" to talk about storylines and such. People on Gamefaqs can get annoying
Edited by kst8no1, 17 June 2007 - 10:26 AM.