I've taken to watching more television this summer, mostly because I'm sitting with my mom in the evening, trying to find programming that she can follow and keeps her interest. In the process, I became a bit hooked on So You Think You Can Dance.
Anyway, watched the finale last night and may or may not turn on the next season -- I'm not that enamored of the show. I was thinking, though, that I've been a fan of what is essentially a dance show since I was a kid. And that would be pro wrestling.
I always knew that it was, as they say, 'fake,' even back then. To be honest, that made (and makes) it more interesting to me. It's a performance and I've watched it as such. Being peripherally involved with the industry back in the 80s (mostly just hanging with some bush league rasslers) made me all the more aware of the work, the nuts-and-bolts, of putting on a good show in the ring.
It IS a form of dance. Partially choreographed, partially improvised, it tells a story through movement. Not that I don't appreciate the other side of the performance, the 'acting.' Some of the wrestlers shine at one aspect, some at the other. Hulk Hogan did great on the talking part, not so talented in the ring (though he had 'presence'). There are guys with great moves who come across as stiffs in front of a microphone, such as Shelton Benjamin (though he's not totally inept or he wouldn't be where he is). And there is the occasional 'star' who shines in both areas, like, oh, Chris Jericho.
But back to the dance -- I watch a pro wrestling match for the moves and love to see something new and innovative. I want to see action that reflects the personality of the performers and speaks of a real interaction between them. This is no different than a dance duet. And, of course, there's nothing worse than sloppy wrestling! I've seen some real duds, even on the top televised programs. Maybe they need a panel of judges to keep them on their toes.
Yeah, that's it...So You Think You Can Wrestle...I think I have a winner! Remember, network executives, you heard it here first.