At his blog, veteran comedian & actor Larry Miller put up an awesome post about his experiences with pro wrestling, from watching it on TV as a kid, going to Madison Square Garden with Jerry Seinfeld and George Wallace in the '70s and '80s, co-starring with Hulk Hogan in "Suburban Commando," and taking his kids to more recent shows.
Is opera real? The fat man doesn’t really love the fat woman, and she doesn’t really have tuberculosis, and they’re not even looking at each other as they sing facing the audience (and desperately trying to get their short arms around each other.
I love opera, by the way — You can’t sleep like that at home — But think of the kind of acting you see in opera, the back of the hand melodramatically held to the forehead, the shoulders heaving with tears. It doesn’t move us because it’s "true" or "real" or looks like everyday life.
Well, wrestling is opera mixed with McDonald’s. Wrestling is opera for people who go to McDonald’s.
And you know what? I go to McDonald’s. So do you. Not all the time, but you "get" McDonald’s", and so do I, and you go when you feel like it, and sometimes, when walking through an airport, only McDonald’s will do.
Folks, that wrestling was so much fun. My younger son loves it, and I love it with him, and we’ve seen some of the network stuff, and some pay-per-view things, and we have the best time together.
There's plenty of other good stuff in the original post, especially the story about George Wallace yelling at Fabulous Moolah.