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Professional Wrestling: When Squared Circle Rhymes With Magic

What do I love about professional wrestling? Why is it my passion?

Those are the questions my  job counsellor asked me when we were working on my resume. I didn’t know what to say, and decided not to add it to my hobbies. I am not ashamed of my passion, I just know that recruiters – especially in France – would put aside my application just because of the bad reputation of that sport. So, I decided to put US sports instead, but I digress.

This story led me to think about my relationship with professional wrestling, and ask myself why do I love so much something that looks – let’s be honest – childish, stupid and fake at first sight.

It all comes to one word: magic.

Magic is something that we can’t understand, something that fascinates us. Magic lies in the details as well as in a grand spectacle. Magic is fake, but we all agree to suspend our disbelief to be engulfed in a world of fantasy.

Magic is exactly what is produced during classic matches, with the latest example being John Cena versus CM Punk during the RAW main event.

Magic can be felt when there is a special atmosphere in the match, when every fan holds his breath and waits for the outcome of the match, having delightful mini heart attacks each time a pin is made. There are only a few of these matches every year, and that’s what makes them special and magical.

Creating magic requires a fragile equilibrium that can only be attained when the storyline, the crowd and both wrestlers work in perfect chemistry. Magic in a wrestling ring can also be defined using alchemy: basic elements turn into gold when the right formula is applied.

Magic can be felt at home or live at an event when one wants to chant during the whole match. Professional wrestling is the only entertainment show that is able to bring joy, sadness, laughter and thrill on the same night.

Magic only occurs a few times a year, and I believe it is worth bearing with all the Khali matches and bad TNA booking decisions only to witness some of these magical moments. Magic is why I love so much professional wrestling. Magic is what turns professional wrestling from sports to art, it’s what turns us from supporters to passionate fans.

That article is a tribute to the professional wrestling business as a whole, a tribute from a fan that has been hooked by magic and desperately hopes never to be released from that golden cage.

About Mathieu Nicod

I am 23, French professional writer and translator, also looking for a job in digital communication/marketing.Professional wresling has been my passion for a few years, I watch WWE and TNA, with WWE being my favorte company.
  • SiD

    I liked it.

    • http://twitter.com/TheFrenchWE Mathieu Nicod

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

    Interesting idea for an article here, French. It is a short tribute to professional wrestling that is pretty well written though I wonder if it was too short. When I finished, I didn’t feel like I had read anything. It felt a bit superfluous. It was a nice read, but it didn’t stay with me enough. It was almost like a poem without rhythm. It didn’t have the beauty or the frame of the poem to make the message resonate, so I was waiting for a more fully voiced message that didn’t quite come out.

    The idea of wrestling as magic in that certain special moments are truly another worldly type of special is something that can be explored through showing the experience more. I feel like you went half-way with an article that needed to go all in.

    I always like your willingness to just go for any idea, and you have a lot of very interesting ideas in your writing. This was good, but I think you can go much further than you did.

    • http://twitter.com/TheFrenchWE Mathieu Nicod

      The first version of the article was longer, with a bit more of my personal experience, but I felt that it was too personal and I didn’t find the way to say it without sounding lame, so i decided to cut it and just keep the short version.

      Thanks for your comment and your remarks, I keep that in mind =)

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

    I’m all for “Oooh wrestling is magic and a fairytale” crap but usually its in a long drawn out tribute to some legend or prowrestling as a whole. This is just a split up paragraph that explains “wrestling is magic”. What’s the purpose? I don’t care if you were hooked by ‘magic’, why would I give a shit?

    It’s not like this was an article like “Prowrestling: Where’d the magic go?” where you’d explain that wrestling is magical and why it isn’t anymore or whatever. This is like half of what that article is. There’s nothing to this. There’s no conflict or a reason why someone should even read it to begin with.

    Sorry for the rant, Frenchie, you know I love you but this artsy, personal addresses just get to me.

    • http://twitter.com/TheFrenchWE Mathieu Nicod

      Why would I hurt you? I welcome all criticism, even when it’s harsh, and I thank you for your honesty =)

      I understand your point, and agree with you to some extent, but that’s the reason why I kept it short. Personnally, I like that type of article, and wanted to write something like that for some time now, but I understand that it wouldn’t interest everyone.

      I don’t intend to write that sort of thing every week, that was just a one-time only article that I wanted to write. As for the title, it sounded good to me, but maybe it’s because it sounded great from my French perspective (everything sounds greater in a foreign language). Don’t hesitate to tell me when it’s bad, I won’t be offended or anything, I only want to improve =)