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Hugh Meyer

WWE – A brutal sports game or a “bloody” play?

WWE has always been a highly entertaining and violent program. Many years ago, WWE was even subject to age restrictions and was banned in some countries because of gore. So does WWE really fight?

Is WWE good acting?

First of all, the writer insists, WWE is pro wrestling and pro wrestling means FORUM. However, WWE is a classy act that deceives the childhood of many people.

Wrestlers are actors in the ring, but they are also real “riskers”. Their “acting” work requires chemistry and of course risk.

If it’s an act, then the wrestler’s blood is fake?

Interestingly enough, the wrestlers‘ blood is their own. Wrestlers often use specially made razor blades to make a small cut on the forehead to create blood. Due to the high incision and high intensity of movement, blood kept flowing down the wrestlers’ faces. This is also a proof that being a professional wrestler is not easy.

The referees who seem to be “making scenes” in WWE are the “supporting actors” that provide strong support for the “acting” scenes of wrestlers. From supporting participation to “acting”, the referees are even those who secretly give “props” to wrestlers.

Explain for the “face blood” phases in WWE

As the most hated, cowardly person on WWE, The Miz is actually a very kind person.

Why was Brock Lesnar “boycotted” by the whole WWE fan community?

John Cena, a true “good boy” in the eyes of many people, has been the star of WWE for many years, in fact there was a time when he was suspected of using his influence to manipulate WWE. The star interfered with WWE’s plan and helped former girlfriend Nikki Bella’s ex-girlfriend keep the Divas title for longer than expected.

Not only that, the WWE fan community and insiders have also “anonymously” accused John Cena of refusing to sacrifice to make way for the “juniors” to be brought up. It is these scandals and rumors that have caused John Cena to be “boycotted” by a few longtime WWE fans.

John Cena recently “sacrificed” for juniors.

However, recently, after letting Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns win completely in a match, there was no cheating, no outside assistance. Obviously John Cena has officially become a “righteous” in the right way when he is willing to sacrifice to make way to promote “juniors”.


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The origin of wrestling

Wrestling originated in ancient Greece, where wrestling was used to train soldiers and exercise daily.

Since then, wrestling has made significant changes. It is the oldest fighting sport recorded in world history and today there are more than 1,000 different wrestling styles. Many unique types of wrestling are found in many countries around the world.

Wrestling was one of the first fighting sports that the ancient Greeks put to compete at the 708 Olympics BC. Before 704 BC, the Greeks considered wrestling only as part of the content of the five pentathlon. However, according to some evidence, wrestling may have existed before long ago. Drawings found in caves show wrestling dating back to 3000 BC in the Sumero-Akkadian civilization until 2400 BC in ancient Egypt. In the first ancient Olympics in Greece, wrestling was the last competition that athletes had to compete. Along with mathematics and language rules, wrestling is also considered an official subject taught in ancient Greece.

Wrestling was also popular among ancient Romans. However, the Romans chose a less violent style of wrestling than the Greeks. Amateur wrestling continued to exist throughout the Middle Ages in England, France and Japan. European settlers in the United States as well as Native Americans began to practice wrestling. The first national wrestling championship in the United States was held in 1888 and continued until the early 1900s. The most popular wrestling style of the time was the Greco-Roman wrestling. There are also other styles like Iceland’s Glima wrestling, England’s Cumberland wrestling and Switzerland’s Schwingen wrestling.

The 1896 Olympic Games were the first modern Olympic Games to recognize wrestling as a competitive sport and since 1920, wrestling has become a part of the Olympics using a free wrestling style. and Greco-Roman. Free wrestling was popular during the 19th and 20th centuries. Unlike the Greco-Roman wrestling that used only the upper part of the body, free wrestling allowed the opponent to use their feet and grab the lower waist.

Today, Greco-Roman, freedom, sombo and judo are the main wrestling styles. In addition to the US, many other countries around the world love wrestling. Wrestling is the national sport of Turkey, Mongolia and Iran. The above countries along with Russia and the US have created many of the leading wrestlers of the era. Weight classes have been established for both men and women competing at different levels from local to international.



Wrestling may be excluded from the Asian Olympic system

Wrestling faces a high risk of being “expelled” from Asia’s Olympic system after a Turkmenistan wrestler was found to be doping-positive in ASIAD 18.

According to the Asian Olympic Council (OCA), Turkmenistan’s athlete (athlete) tested Rustem Nazarov with furosemide banned during a test of urine samples taken before ASIAD this year. This was the first case of doping detection at ASIAD 18 and Nazarov was eliminated as well as canceled all results at the event in Indonesia. Previously, the 24-year-old wrestler competed in the men’s wrestling class of 57 kg and lost to India’s Sandeep Tomar with a score of 12-8.

The scandal made the possibility of eliminating the Olympic system of wrestling increasing after OCA has announced it will “expel” from ASIAD 3 sports with the most history of doping in the past 12 years. The OCA’s move comes after recording numerous cases of doping in the retest of 2008 and 2012 Olympic samples.

Accordingly, in addition to athletics and weightlifting, wrestling is also a blacklist with a series of high-performing athletes found using doping in recent years. Most recently, wrestler Chinu Sandhu (England) – who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, was banned from competing for four years for doping violations last year; Three-time Olympic champion of Uzbekistan Artur Taymazov was stripped of the 2008 Olympic medal after re-analyzing the positive sample with banned substances.

According to the OCA, re-testing of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics conducted last year by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) showed that wrestling had the third highest number of positive cases. , after weightlifting and athletics.

Nazarov is the latest Turkmenistan case to be discovered using doping in recent years at major sporting events. Previously, Umurbek Bazarbayev failed a doping test at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in the US and Yelena Ryabova competed in the same scandal at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow (Russia).



WWE Wrestling Empire: Such a harsh environment (Part 3)

Not only that, despite being direct editors and directing wrestlers to perform dangerous performances, WWE emphasized in the contract that the company will not be responsible for any injuries.

Not only did they not get paid sick leave, WWE wrestlers were also often forced to perform even though their injuries were not healed. The overworked condition caused “superstar” CM Punk to leave WWE in early 2014 because of the company re-starting despite the doctor’s resting advice.

The last hope

Faced with fierce reactions from wrestlers and fans, WWE has made some “more caring” moves for its employees. The most typical is the restriction of performing the act of “swinging iron chairs directly into the head” and starting to support periodic health checks.

But it is still not enough to turn WWE into a safe work environment, and Vince McMahon is still the most stubborn when he doesn’t have any commitments.

If you choose a person who can help WWE get rid of the “hell” label, there is only one, that is the fan.

Despite acting, WWE management must have a headache when deciding who to make a star – called push. After the board decided to “push” anyone, WWE writers would write scripts for later events to boost the wrestler’s name. Such as holding the belt, winning the Summer Slam, the Royal Rumble.

This creates a paradox in the pro wrestling industry. Most of the wrestlers who play the “failed” role, the “obnoxious” and the “bad guys” are usually very nice people outside of the wrestling. Because they are kind, they are willing to play the evil role and accept defeat so they can support other colleagues.

WWE fans were very successful when they persuaded Vince McMahon to give female wrestlers a chance, and they also “disintegrated” their plans to turn Roman Reigns into The Rock’s heir.

Not only does it impact the content of the show, fans also directly support money for ex-wrestlers who are going through dangerous times or donating to bad names to get a decent funeral.

After all, fans are not the party responsible for “taking care” of wrestlers, WWE is the one who needs to actively protect their “partners” who sacrifice blood and tears because an WWE empire has almost no rival.


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WWE Wrestling Empire: Such a harsh environment (Part 2)

Vince McMahon – WWE President

For WWE, Vince McMahon is the most capable of being “close” because he oversees most important jobs, from editing content to scripting and planning for large and small events.

Vince McMahon is also deeply involved in WWE’s script to play a “cruel, greedy and heartless” boss, but unfortunately, that role is no different from reality

Ever since he stepped into the company, Vince had forced all wrestlers to sign a cold “collaborator” contract. The most famous wrestlers, who bring the most money to WWE, do not escape this “collaborative” contract.

But the unfavorable contract is just the beginning when no wrestler has the right to take leave, the more popular, the more they have to invest their entire life in the WWE if they don’t want to be “marginalized”.

Up to now, wrestlers are only allowed to take a break from WWE if they have expired. Otherwise, they only have a few short holidays in the hotel between tours, almost completely losing contact with their lovers and family.

Referring to touring, although WWE “orders” wrestlers to move around to perform, the company only pays for air tickets between cities, wrestlers must pay for the service themselves such as taxi, hotel, resort during the “working” time.

At the end of 2017, WWE continually mentioned about “Monday Night Raw” program that was broadcast throughout the Christmas season. Whether the audience is happy with this decision or not, WWE “superstars” have lost a holiday season with the family that year.

No holidays, no leave, it seems that wrestlers only have to leave sick or injured to escape. Unfortunately, Vincent anticipated this and bound it into the contract. Specifically, WWE can completely liquidate the contract at any time if the wrestler is injured and has to take a break for more than 6 weeks.


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WWE Wrestling Empire: Such a harsh environment (Part 1)

To ensure regular content every week, WWE wrestlers are not allowed to take holidays or leave even when injured, they are forced to return to the ring if they do not want to be fired.

WWE is not responsible for anyone’s health and life

As the “monopoly power” of wrestling, WWE brings in more than $ 900 million a year with more than 500 events large and small. “WWE superstar” seems like a dream job.

Wrestlers become the profession with the highest death rate in sports, a series of superstars claiming retirement, forcing fans to stand up to protect their idols.

Leading both revenue and … mortality rates

WWE is one of the most famous sporting events in the world, with over 1 billion fans on social networks, 2 weekly episodes showings, 1 independent content channel and 1 capable studio series of blockbuster movies.

In 2018 alone, WWE earned over $ 930 million, with WrestleMania becoming North America’s most-watched sporting event.

But WWE is also the main cause of “wrestlers” becoming a job with extremely high mortality rates. According to a study by FiveThirtyEight, wrestlers are more likely to die than rugby athletes who regularly face up to 700 kilograms.

Not only face the dangers of performing, but wrestlers are also included in WWE’s nightlife lifestyle, encouraging the use of many drugs to strengthen muscles and the ability to operate on the catwalk.

Even during training, wrestlers must focus on the “beautiful” movements as possible, completely unaware of its health and its negative effects on the body.

WWE – hell on earth

If you mentioned WWE, you can’t help but mention President Vince McMahon. After acquiring his father’s wrestling company in 1982, Vince made a “win” campaign for all competitors in the market to form an exclusive WWE empire.


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The overview of WWE Wrestling Empire (Part 3)

“We want to know our customers’ data, want to know what they see, see what it looks like, see how long it takes,” said Michael Wilson, WWE’s chief financial officer.

Accepting criticism from shareholders for over a year, WWE calmly analyzed the data of more than 1 million users and learned many interesting lessons. For example, 90% of users will watch WWE at least once a week, 2/3 of users will view their personal needs and 36% of WWE content is shown on the phone, etc.

This data helps the WWE team quickly change to fit the needs of viewers, short performances are more elaborately invested, the content viewed on demand is also doubled in just one year.

Result

Not long after that, by early 2016, the number of subscribers on the WWE platform also quickly doubled, with 65 million views on social networks (up 87% over the same period last year). The WrestleMania event that year also “stormed” online with more than 10.9 million interaction.

More honor, prestigious magazine Forbes also voted WrestleMania as one of the 10 biggest sports events in the world. And Fast Company also honored WWE in the list of the world’s most innovative corporations.

In 2017, WWE brought in more than 801 million USD, breaking the record of year revenue. And in 2018, WWE brought in more than $ 281 million in just three summer months, the highest quarterly revenue since its inception.

In terms of partners, WWE is extremely wise to split “RAW” programs for USA Network and bring “SmackDown” to FOX radio in 2019, helping cable TV revenue to increase by 3.6 times over the previous year.

WWE’s YouTube channel also outstrips all of North America’s most popular sports in view, from rugby, baseball, basketball to golf, etc.

With no signs of stopping, WWE is currently planning more than 500 events each year, not only in the United States but also beyond 25 different countries, becoming an international force.


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The overview of WWE Wrestling Empire (Part 2)

On the other hand, with the increasing popularity of WWE and growing revenues from cable television, Vincent’s wrestlers are quickly persuaded by the attractive salary and the ability to float. the sound is “as fast as the wind”.

This tactic puts an end to many different organizations. The first is WWA with the departure of Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales. Then AWA after Larry Hennig, Vachons, Blackjacks and “superstars” Hulk Hogan all turned to WWE.

NWA is one of the few organizations that can compete with WWE, but also soon fails in the 1990s. Vincent also bought out ECW and is trying to “finish” TNA, proceeding to monopolize the wrestling industry. America.

The stars in WWE’s Hall of Fame

It can be said that cable TV partners have contributed to a “dead end” of most of WWE’s competitors in the market. In particular, the exclusive contract of “Raw” and “Smackdown” with NBC Universal partner, brought a huge amount of revenue for WWE to continuously draw “superstars”.

In addition, Wrestlemania and Summerslam quickly became a major source of revenue for the US pay-TV model. But Vincent McMahon had a different plan, the fact that WWE became a force of the United States but had to “share” the profits and depend on cable television that made him unhappy.

When the business was rated by outsiders as “impossible to be more perfect,” WWE suddenly launched its own broadcast for $ 9.99 per month, despite being collaborating very effectively with the transmission. cable shape.

WWE and its trusted partner NBC Universal

NBC Universal stated that WWE is deliberately “ruining” its existing relationship, immediately demanding a reduction in its partners’ rights and issuing a new contract with a lower amount.

WWE shares fell 44% in a single day because no one dared to cope with such cable before. But Vincent and The WWE team only sees it as an obstacle on the way of development.


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The overview of WWE Wrestling Empire (Part 1)

Vincent McMahon not only used the money to recruit stars and bankruptcy of so many wrestling organizations, but he also “turned around” with a longtime media partner to create his platform, an “empire.” “WWE has no rivals.”

Background

In the 1990s, although American wrestlers became popular but operated very “fragile”, each locality would have an organization with separate “superstars”.

Plan

After acquiring WWE from his father in 1982, Vincent McMahon has spent dozens of years “fighting East North”, challenging from competitors to trusted partners.

Result

WWE has now become an international media force, with sales of more than $ 800 million and more than 50 events a year, referring to wrestlers, everyone remembers “WWE”.

WWE and its competitors

For decades, professional wrestling has become a major force in North American entertainment. A series of wrestling organizations were created to recruit, train and cum marketing, organization and communication at each “territory” separately.

WWE was founded in 1952 as “Capitol Wrestling Corporation” (CWC for short). With two co-founders of Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt, CWC focuses its activities mainly in the North East “territory”.

According to former wrestler Jim Ross: “America at the time had 30 to 40 different” wrestling “territories, this division came from monopoly in each region, poor competition led to market share. shredded by many different organizations. “

Each territory is also marked by its own “stars” with the ability to sell out and attract a large audience through TV. The most prominent is Hulk Hogan of Minnesota, Canada’s Bret Hart and Ric Flair of the Atlantic.

The turning point took place in 1982 when Vincent Kennedy McMahon bought his father’s Wrestling Company and renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) afterward. For two decades, Vincent tried to “fight East and North”, aiming to make WWE the largest and only media conglomerate in North America.

It must include Vincent’s first and extremely “risky” plan: shaking hands with cable TV to “spread” WWE’s matches across the region. WWE content immediately “violated” the location of many organizations, giving little criticism and hatred from industry competitors.


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Revealing secrets on the WWE stage of American wrestler (Part 2)

There are also other events of the year like below.

Royal Rumble is a pay-TV television show that is held every year in January. The show’s main match is a special match, with many famous names participating. Royal Rumble is considered to be one of the four biggest pay-TV shows, so there are a lot of participating wrestlers.

Money in the Bank. As the majority of ladder matches, its prize is a briefcase containing a contract for a championship match. The person who won this contract can change it into an opportunity for competition.

Each ladder in Money in the Bank has ladders

Hell in a Cell is a wrestling event in an iron cage. The two sides can use all the assistive devices to win, and when someone is walking out, first landing is also the winner. This is the most dangerous tournament for American wrestlers. Although not invested by other events, Hell in a Cell is WWE’s most violent event.

In addition to the above events, there are other events such as Extreme Rules, SummerSlam, etc. Each event collected millions of dollars for WWE.

Besides the popularity, wrestlers are also rewarded with the terrible salary that many people dream of. According to statistics, WWE’s CEO (son-in-law Vince McMahon) received a salary of 1.2 million USD in 2014. Meanwhile, the top athletes having the biggest salary in the world include as follows.

The Rock – $ 3.5 million

John Cena – $ 2.75 million

Undertaker – 2.25 million USD

H Tripple – 2.12 million USD

Brock Lesner – $ 2 million

The stars in WWE

To increase the appeal and drama of WWE matches, the organizers invited world-famous characters to participate. The US President has participated in WWE events. Both football star Rooney also participated.

Outside the ring, many wrestlers are also successful in other areas such as movies and advertising. Dwayne Johnson is a wrestler stepping out of WWE and quite successful in cinema.

In addition to acting, John Cena also participated in commercials. He is one of the most successful wrestlers in WWE.




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