Sunday, July 30, 2017
News from fake wrestling
Sorry to disappoint all you fake wrestling game show fans, but the R-Truth project has apparently been scrapped. I know the news ruined my day, so I hope the sorrow won't be too intense for you. I just couldn't wait to see what the WWE would make of our little genre.
To get a bit less sarcastic for a minute, there was a glimpse of fake wrestling in Quiz Show, the very occasionally accurate movie about the game show rigging scandals. That glimpse was no doubt an ironic comment on game shows getting body-slammed for the same practice that pro wrestling had built into a show biz empire: rigging the outcomes.
It gets even better. The federal law that outlawed rigged game shows specifically applied only to "a purportedly bona fide contest of intellectual knowledge, intellectual skill, or chance." This was probably an attempt to exclude fake wrestling from the law. Everybody knew that TV wrestling was rigged, but nobody would mistake it for an intellectual contest.