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 Posted: Tue Nov 17th, 2020 05:40 am
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That's what I want to talk about.

Should there be 'comedy in wrestling'?

And if so, how would you use it or how should it be used?

Really comes down to how serious you take it all.

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Absolutely. As long as it's comedy and not "comedy." If it makes me laugh, I have no problem with it. Funny skits, funny promos... I don't have problem with comedy in matches either. Give me slow motion, hand grenades, hands in pockets. If wrestling was serious all the time, it would be a hard grind to watch regularly. Obviously it needs to be done correctly, you shouldn't just randomly introduce comedy into the blow-off of a blood feud. Unfortunately the countless hours of WWE television produced just to make one man laugh has probably ruined comedy in wrestling for many people. WWE is only a small part of the wrestling world, however.



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In small doses and the midcard only. Not like the WWE where EVERYTHING is a bad joke for the last 15 years. Wrestling should be more about drama and telling a story that evolks an emotional response. And that's a Heenan fan saying that for crying out loud.



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Les Kellett in the old British wrestling was brilliant with it - it was almost a psychological trick against his opponents. And he was the only one doing it, so it stood out as being special, without wrecking the illusion.



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kargol wrote: Les Kellett in the old British wrestling was brilliant with it - it was almost a psychological trick against his opponents. And he was the only one doing it, so it stood out as being special, without wrecking the illusion.Fantasy match: Les Kellett vs Roughhouse Fargo



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Other than in promos it should be kept to a bare minimum. There is  nosuch thing as comedy spots in real sports and guys who clown around in real sports like boxing are usually legends like Ali or some fool who's about to get knocked out. 



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silentkiller wrote: Other than in promos it should be kept to a bare minimum. There is  nosuch thing as comedy spots in real sports and guys who clown around in real sports like boxing are usually legends like Ali or some fool who's about to get knocked out. 
Wrestling isn't a real sport.



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silentkiller wrote: Other than in promos it should be kept to a bare minimum. There is  nosuch thing as comedy spots in real sports and guys who clown around in real sports like boxing are usually legends like Ali or some fool who's about to get knocked out. https://youtu.be/ATaQ1n05F9k



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In small doses OK, but I prefer the old school rasslin' with the face vs the heel and you knew who to root for!!

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There has always been comedy in pro wrestling which is rather campy and filled with slapstick by nature. It is part of the whole package and should be there. The problem is answering the question of how much. My firm belief is comedy should be kept out of the main event scene as much as possible. It's place as a gimmick or storytelling device is in the midcard or lower. The problem the WWE has is that it once had The Rock who was so incredibly charismatic and such an incredible mic worker that he could take any dialogue or angle, no matter how dumb or awful, and get it over just through the force of personality and willpower.

Since he wound down his days as a full time wrestler, the WWE has booked wrestler after wrestler as The Rock, doing and saying ridiculous things, particularly John Cena and Roman Reigns. The problem is these guys aren't The Rock. They can't spin straw into gold at will. The result is a succession of wisecracking main event babyfaces who don't have the chops to do that and get over less than they could had they played it straight. AEW is also guilty of too much comedy, forever making what amount SNL skits with guys who should be serious or at least more serious.

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It really depends on the type of comedy and what characters are being used. Steve Austin giving Vince McMahon a beer bath was definitely comedy and it helped to draw money. I really believe the context of the comedy is what determines whether it is appropriate or not. Yes it makes sense for the storyline have a little humor where the bad guy gets his then I have no problem with it.
Contrary to popular belief, funny can draw money when used properly and not overdone.

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martini wrote: It really depends on the type of comedy and what characters are being used. Steve Austin giving Vince McMahon a beer bath was definitely comedy and it helped to draw money. I really believe the context of the comedy is what determines whether it is appropriate or not. Yes it makes sense for the storyline have a little humor where the bad guy gets his then I have no problem with it.
Contrary to popular belief, funny can draw money when used properly and not overdone.What you said times 100.
I don't believe a wrestler should base his gimmick on comedy.  I do think that most wrestlers should be open to having a basic comedy spot in their arsenal for when they need to pull the crowd back in.  Remember back in the day, there was not a lot of comedy in wrestling on TV.  The shows were used to draw a crowd for the live event, they built the storyline and then went around the horn with the feud.  Those house shows pretty much always had 1-2 comedy spots in them, and it was not only appreciated but also necessary at times.  Go watch when Flair came to the WWF in 1991 and his first feud was with Piper.  On TV, it was serious business.  On the house shows, it was a race to see who could pull each others pants down quickest and the other would flop around the ring with their ass out for five minutes.   The crowd loved it, because they could match their comedy with their in ring work.  Basically, that's how comedy works properly, with good workers using it to make a solid (but not spectacular) match memorable.   There should not be comedy spots on RAW and Smackdown all 52 weeks of the year, nor should it be the same three or five guys doing it.  Also - the women could use some comedy at times and they never seem to utilize it.



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