AEW's Jon Moxley: Pro Wrestling Is Like The Marvel Universe
Suspend your disbelief like you do with Spider-Man
While many view professional wrestling as an enjoyable form of entertainment where they can suspend their disbelief for a couple of hours and get caught up in the action, some are unable to suspend that disbelief and enjoy the product.
Speaking on Throwing Down With Renee & Miesha, Jon Moxley sympathised with Miesha Tate, who struggles to believe pro wrestling, and he compared what happens inside the squared circle to the Marvel Universe.
"See the thing is, Miesha will even watch a very technical pro wrestling match because she's a legitimate athlete and she would say that's not real. You'll watch a wristlock or a figure four, one of these stupid, like a chokeslam, that's completely fake, and you won't even be able to wrap your brain around that people are buying into this is real. But the problem and what you have to understand is, in the '60s and '70s, they were actually trying to fool people into thinking this was real. Bad guys and good guys couldn't ride in the same car or be seen at the bar together. The business was very protected and you were actually trying to fool people into thinking they were real fights," Moxley said.
"That is not the case anymore in 2021. There's real fighting, which is what you do, and there's this. Fans are very passionate about it, but they know it's - nobody's being fooled into thinking they're watching a legitimate thing, that's a completely different separate sport now in 2021. What it is now is like the Marvel Universe, for instance. In real life, no one can shoot f-ckin' spiderwebs out of their fingers or whatever, but in the Marvel Universe, there's a guy that can and that's accepted and you know that. So when he shoots somebody in the face with a spiderweb, Spider-Man, you totally accept it. So in pro wrestling it's like you have to understand the universe and then once you accept it, like this is this fictional universe we're living in, then you're into it."
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