I am a big Puroresu/Wrasslin' fan. If I had the opportunity to watch it on a regular basis, I probably would. It's all entertainment to me.
Does that mean that MMA "reformed" me in any way? Nawww... Not at all. Unlike a large portion of MMA-ites, I didn't draw that line in the sand. Doing so is childish as it leads to an unneeded amount of incessant bickering back and forth. It's the same deal with boxing, TMA's, amateur wrestling, grappling tourneys, kickboxing, etc. My tastes are pretty ecclectic. I find that keeping things open and in perspective keeps me sane.
What a lot of MMA-ites fail to grasp is that MMA as it stands owes a lot to pro wrestling. I fully believe that if wrasslin' didn't exist, that MMA wouldn't have been given the time to see the light of day. Why? Well in the terms of pro wrestling one is given only a small hypothetical glimpse into the question, "What if a practitioner of this Martial Art were to meet a practitioner of another Martial Art?"
Now, we all know that in reality such questions are answered in very abrupt (and violent) fashion. In terms of trying to hold a sporting event, that doesn't bode well. No one will pay the admission for a sporting event to see something wrap up in 90 seconds. So, the "promoters" or "booker" in charge of the matches simply began to add layers and layers over the core details of action to entertain the crowds. That is how pro wrestling started to evolve into its current iteration. However, its basis was initially embodied in age old catch-as-catch-can (catch wrestling).
The same type of scenario too can be parallelled in MMA. In the initial NHB fights, there were simply those who practiced a purist style. Those types of affairs ended abruptly and violently. After the competitors found that their chances to be viable required them to widen their skill sets, they did so. Thusly they became true MMA practitioners, and not just "tough guys."
Honestly, I don't think anyone would pay regular PPV fees now for what the UFC used to be. It wouldn't be entertaining enough, and it would look amateurish in comparison. As it has been demonstrated, with greater amounts of skill comes better (and possibly longer, more entertaining) fights. In the terms of marketing and promotions, that offers a more worthwhile purchase for the viewer's dollar. Considering that above, is it no suprise that MMA and Pro Wrestling are vying for the same audience?
It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree
... As long as I don't bore you and I spark a moment of thought, my goal is achieved
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Last edited by Onganju; 05-18-2007 at 07:50 PM.