I’ve written about working for a local wrestling company here in Puerto Rico, EWO on the blog a few times. I’ve been helping them out for more than a year and it has definitely been a great experience and it has made me appreciate the ‘world’ of wrestling even more.
But… it’s fake!
That’s something people tell me all the time when I mention that I help out a wrestling company doing production work. And while yes, the whole ‘spectacle’ of it may be fake, wrestling is so much more than that.
Wrestlers are always at risk of major injuries while they are inside the ring, and yet they still want to entertain people, because they love what they do. Recently, a mexican wrestler died from trauma injuries while inside the ring, so a major injury (and even death) is a risk for wrestlers.
Behind the ring, there are several layers that make the entire show: the storylines.
Just like any movie, TV show or even a book, there are storylines in wrestling that wrestlers (as characters) need to bring to life. This is entertainment, this is something they give to the fans and the people that attend each show.
So, when they tell us that it’s fake, the perfect comeback is that their favorite movie, show or book is fake too. It’s all fiction, the characters, the story, everything. Why is wrestling any different? Why do people have to undermine its entertainment factor just because it’s fake?
It’s something to think about.
Like the title of the post says, wrestling isn’t wrestling. Wrestling is passion, wrestling is looking forward to seeing your favorite characters continue their storyline, wrestling is watching a good match, wrestling is athleticism, wrestling is so much more. Wrestling is entertainment, and it goes beyond any criticism people may have over it discrediting the whole thing just because it’s fiction.
About two weeks ago my husband and I came across a video called “Wrestling isn’t wrestling” by screenwriter Max Landis. This video is what inspired this post. You need to watch it, it will probably change your view on wrestling.
Do you like/follow wrestling? Who’s your favorite wrestler? Why?
On Saturday night, I photographed an eWo wrestling show for the second time. As much as I enjoy doing it, this time was even more difficult than the first time in terms of lighting and space. The venue was a lot smaller and darker, and since they do these events at night, it is incredibly hard to capture photos without noise. I had to increase the ISO by quite a bit so the photos wouldn’t look so dark.
This time, I focused more on getting action shots. Most of them weren’t perfect because my space was limited but some turned out quite good within my limits. Since these shows are filmed and later televised, I try not to get in the way of the filming crew so I’m not in every shot. Even with the challenges, I really enjoy taking pictures at these events and from my understanding, they want me doing this whenever I’m able to which is great. Usually, the pictures I take are used for their social media accounts and the website.
I only share a few pictures, and usually general ones. This is because I can’t share anything that might hint you who wins until after it’s televised. In wrestling, there are storylines involved so I have to respect that. All in all, I had a very nice time and next month I will be photographing one of their biggest events of the year so I’m excited. I’ll let you know how it goes.