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Top 15 Reasons to Hate Wrestling

Professional wrestling is, when you stop and think about it for any significant length of time, a silly form of entertainment. Grown adults strip down to either tight-fitting pants or to trunks – some female wrestlers go with outfits similar to bikinis for matches – and then engage in play-fighting in front of spectators who willingly spend their money in order to attend events. What is perhaps just as humorous as is the actual spectacle of pro wrestling is that the cat is out of the bag as it pertains to the form's gimmick. Everybody knows that the in-ring action and the booked feuds are fake. It is no longer a secret.

The pro wrestling business was oh so different decades ago. Fans and even journalists, to a point, were in on the lie that what occurred during matches and during events was legitimate, and thus it was easy for everybody to suspend their disbelief and merely enjoy what they were watching. Kayfabe, the term used to describe the act of keeping the perception that pro wrestling is real and not staged, died a long time ago, and it has since been mocked on worldwide television by companies such as World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling and TNA Wrestling.

The harsh reality of the situation is that there are, in 2015, better entertainment options out there that make pro wrestling irrelevant and easy to ignore. Along with countless video games that can be played alone or with strangers from all around the world via the magic of the Internet, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu help to fill any void left when a person decides to give up on following pro wrestling. Worst of all is that wrestling as it was known years ago has gone away and been replaced by a product that is stale, dull and not worth following.

*Before you neglect this list and just deem me a hater of professional wrestling, take a look at this list that I wrote, which outlines the 15 reasons to love wrestling.

15 15. Wrestling Used to Be Better

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14 14. Sexism

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13 13. Racism

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12 12. Shady

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11 11. Death of WCW

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10 10. Chris Benoit

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9 9. Dangerous

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8 8. Over-Exposure

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7 7. WWE Network

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6 6. Characters

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5 5. The Moves

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4 4. Wrestling is Dead

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3 3. Boxing

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2 2. Mixed Martial Arts

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1 1. It's Fake

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The top reason to hate wrestling will forever be that it is not real. Performers do not, in fact, hate each other, nor are they attempting to legitimately hurt their opponents. Outcomes are scripted and predetermined by bookers and promoters based upon their preferences on whatever day, often to the dismay of fans who spend their hard-earned money to hopefully watch their favorites emerge from these fakes fights as the victors. Having an active imagination is one thing. Watching grownups pretend to battle against each other is, for detractors, ridiculous.

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