Neetzan Zimmerman has unearthed a video in which apparently you can hear the people taking part in professional wrestling talking to each other and giving and responding to cues.
Of course, the fact the pro-wrestling is scripted and fake comes under the ‘dog bites man’ category of news. I am actually glad that the wrestlers warn their opponents of what is to come and suggest what moves to make since they can then brace themselves and reduce the chance of injury. But even if the participants know what is coming and can take precautions, it still seems likely that their bodies take a dangerous pounding.
What I don’t understand is why people would want to watch these spectacles when they surely must know that it is fake. Could it be that they don’t they realize what is so painfully obvious and actually watch it as a sport? Or do they see it as a drama, the way people watch other scripted performances, deliberately suspending disbelief and just enjoying the acting for its own sake? Either way, it just does not appeal to me.