Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Aug 2010
Re: When did Pro Wrestling "admit" it was staged or fake?
Technically, it was during the steroid trial with Vince saying it was predetermined, this also helped him get around health regulations with various state athletic commissions. Though there have been other incidents, once in Japan someone starting shooting on a guy and he left the ring and went on the mic and said "wrestling's fake", also there were exposes (20/20, Morton Downey Jr Show, etc) done in the 80's on pro wrestling that featured Jim Powers talking about the insides of the industry and he claimed he was blackballed for turning down homosexual advances from a promoter, while arguing with Dave Schultz the guy who slapped John Stoessel on national tv when he was asked if it was fake (don't know if it was named specifically but Jim Barnett (Bill Watts claims wrestling promoters knew Roc Hudson was gay years before it came out because it was known that Barnett was a boyfriend of his) who was an NWA board member is thought to be who he talked about blackballing him, though WWF, Memphis, Stampede and other companies had issues over pedophilia and other sex scandals that piece by piece opened up the industry). Really it could be argued that it went back to the early 1900's to when doubt was planted, with the whole Gotch/Hackenschmitt controversey over Gotch supposedly paying a sparring partner to injure Hackenschmitt then supposedly shooting on him in a 2 out of 3 falls match that was supposed to be predetermined to go to three rounds and Gotch quickly won 2 falls.