Marc Ambinder: Wrestling Fan

wrestlerambinder.JPG Who knew? “I grew up a fan of wrestling and still admit to checking a pro-wrestling website from time to time. Not really sure why I enjoy watching it; I can come up with a string of theories as to why the WWE and its various competitors attract millions of fans: escapism, primal-rage satisfaction, morality-play substitution, soap operas for guys, homoerotic frustrations, cultural traditions, the will to violence. Maybe it’s the athleticism — a unique combination of genuine athletic skill, agility, grace, and acting. Consider: Ultimate Fighting Champsionship — which is really real — is a bit more bloody and not nearly as fun to watch. The wrestlers mostly spend their time locking one another in painful holds, rolling around on the mat, and trying to put those painful holds on the other guy.”