LaBar: It's not fake, and it's no longer the WWF
On this Labor Day holiday, it's likely you'll end up in conversation about interests and personal preferences ― which could mean you have to defend and answer questions about professional wrestling.
Allow me to offer some preparation with questions or statements you might encounter and how to educate or fire back at someone.
You still watching that WWF stuff?
It's WWE now. Been that way since 2002. And, yes, I still watch it.
You know it's fake, right?
It's got more reality in it than “Breaking Bad,” “True Blood” or anything you probably watch that labels itself a reality show.
Well, no, but they aren't really hurting each other?
It isn't as real as it can be, and it ain't as fake as it could be. They are trying to make it look as violent as possible while protecting each other. It's live theater with stunts. It's a soap opera that has a wrestling ring for a backdrop.
Wrestling is a for bunch of nerds who have never gotten a girl.
Yeah, and you getting together with 11 other dudes staring at a computer screaming out NFL players names for a draft that's called “fantasy” doesn't give a nerd or lonely vibe at all.
How old Is Hulk Hogan? He's gotta be 80 by now?
He's 60. It seems like he's older because he's looked 60 his entire career with the balding and color of his hair.
How many guys have played the Ultimate Warrior?
Just one crazy guy named Warrior.
Do they all do steroids?
WWE has a company wellness policy with the intent to keep the wrestlers clean. Is it perfect, probably not, but it's probably cleaner than baseball.
You don't think they're athletes do you? The outcome is predetermined.
You try getting in a wrestling ring for one day and see how you feel.
And, then of course, you might have someone who starts to want to talk wrestling because either you brought it up, or they want to make conversation, and you'll get...
Awe, you watch that stuff, too? Cool. Yeah, we love going to the Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday nights to watch the pay-per-views.
Shake your head, take another drink and just be happy you're off work for Labor Day.
Trib Total Media staffer Justin LaBar's pro wrestling column runs Monday and Friday.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Highmark to switch its workers to high-deductible insurance plans
- Route 28 accident victim suffered ‘moderate’ injury; expressway reopens after 5.5 hours
- Ramps to, from Route 65 to I-79 closed after truck strikes overpass
- Based on glowing recommendation, Pens hire Agnew as assistant
- Volquez goes distance as Pirates roll to victory over Cardinals
- ‘Hero’ mom from Bethel Park drowns in Lake Erie trying to save son
- Gov. Corbett signs Pennsylvania state budget, vetoes legislative funding
- Pirates notebook: Pirates recall Decker, send Cumpton back to Indy
- The IRS scandal: Is a shocking new email the smoking cannon?
- Penguins re-sign Megna, Samuelsson to 1-year deals
- Report links Pirates first baseman Sanchez to PEDs while in college