Question: Will pro-wrestling ever be respected by main stream media?
Thomas: Yes. I respect the physical demands that it takes and I truly feel that it is a sport like any other. The theatrical effect can give the illusion that it is all fake, which can lead to some people not respecting it. Anyone who has ever trained for a sport understands the hard work and dedication it takes to reach the professional level.
Rob: I think it has mainstream media's respect cause of the popularity it holds and the long famous history. It's shown that they have boosted out superstars that not only are wrestlers but also became movie stars. I mean look at The Rock, wrestling star turned movie star. It wont have true true respect from everyone because it is scripted and often predictable.
DWIPodcast: In a nutshell...no lol
GT: Probably not , they mock it all the time, and they're too PG to give wrestling attention
Jon Couture: All that being said, I don't see PW ever totally being accepted and competing with the likes of, say, the NFL in this country. And to be honest, I am okay with that. PW was founded on a "carny" mentality and I think it should stay that way. Its why listening to alternative music is cooler than listening to pop music. Its why seeing a great indie film is usually better than the Oscar nominations.
PW may not be liked by everyone but at some level it should be respected by everyone. Especially today's product that has evolved to so much more than jacked up good guys vs. dirty bad guys. It is performance art at a very very high level.
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