Hey, sorry man, I just now saw this post or I would have replied sooner.
Your rock star phrasing is very apt. I want wrestlers to be envied for their lives, like they're big stars & celebrities that people can sort of admire from afar. That kids look up to. No one wants to run into Superman at a grocery store. If these are just normal, everyday guys, just like the common person in the audience, why am I going to pay to watch them?
Dagnabbit, now I'm
a couple of pages behind all of a sudden! Gotta be more on the ball, methinks.
I can't dispute too much of what you said about keeping the world of wrestling in world of its own, even if that enviable lifestyle you mention can be found in all works of media. Keep in mind that there are wrestlers trying their darndest to keep things in the realm of kayfabe. That’s something I hope management drill into all their performers backstage. Twitter is a double-edged sword on many fronts but could be largely beneficial on many fronts if done right.
However, even though I talk about something being 'done right' I think its interesting how many of us really stick by our own knowledge and experience of interpreting this profession. That's why I extracted that quote, because all this talk of rock stars, sticking by kayfabe and other hypotheticals only really attributes to what we're raised on and, ultimately, what drew us in all those years ago. Nowadays, many people have their cake with guys like Cena and Punk, while others long for the days of super-duper megastars.
Many moons ago, a lot of people discussed the notion of not enough blue-collared everyday guys being used as stars while these unrelatable monumental stars hogged the airways. We knew we couldn't be like them or obtain their status so why do we watch them? Okay, perhaps that last bit about not watching them was stepping over the line. People love over-the-top characters that could seemingly move the planets if he/she desired so. Don’t think there’s just money to be made in this type of star in this day and age, though.
A lot of fans nowadays absolutely love the idea of this normalized superstar they can chat to, have a beer with and then get to see in action and say “fuck, I know that guy!” Things won’t stay the same forever as this crowd grows up and moves on, but much of this generation adores the idea of ‘attainable stardom.’ Actually, a huge part of today’s pop culture scene is based on that idea. Stardom no longer needs to be something commoners can only view from afar, and that too has its benefits in wrestling.