Thursday, February 9, 2017

ESPN and kayfabe

In the aftermath of any big football game, the talking heads dwell on the same debate topics.  They ask questions like:  "Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time?"  Or:  "Is Tom Brady the greatest clutch athlete of all time?"

By comparison, podcasts about professional wrestling don't dwell on those sort of questions.  You won't hear Dave Meltzer discussing whether John Cena is the best wrestler of all time just because he defeated The Rock at WrestleMania.  You know why?  Because that would be a dumb conversation.  However, those conversations do take place on the pre-show panels produced by WWE.   They get veterans like Jerry Lawler or Booker T to sit together and discuss legacies.  It's kayfabe, of course--Jerry Lawler and Booker T are filling time.  It isn't a real debate.

In a way, I don't think the debates which Skip Bayless or Mike Wilbon or Tony Reali have are real, either.  I would actually love it if there were podcasts that discussed the NFL in the same way that wrestling journalists discuss professional wrestling.  Those conversations would be real.

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