COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT PRO WRESTLING ANSWERED

As a city, L.A. is no stranger to the wide world of wrasslin’—but you probably are. Here are four things worth knowing before today's Hell in a Cell match at Staples Center
  1. “Isn’t it fake?”
    Of course it is. Wrestlers are entertainers, which is why we’re seeing them enjoy some success in Hollywood: Dwayne Johnson is the top earner on the silver screen, and both John Cena and Dave Bautista made stellar debuts in Trainwreck and Guardians of the Galaxy, respectively.
  2. “Who watches this garbage?”
    You mean besides Jon Stewart? Get ready for the statistical SmackDown. WWE programing has a viewership of 13 million per week in the U.S. alone. A few more surprising folks who are into the sport: writer Bill Simmons, screenwriter and director Max Landis, and Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan.
  3. “Isn’t it completely sexist?”
    It can be, yes. But it’s getting better thanks in part to the real success of female athletes like Ronda Rousey (pictured) and Serena Williams. WWE is seeing an uptick in the quality of women grapplers, and they’re calling it a #DivasRevolution.
  4. “Isn’t it a little racist?”
    Oof. Yes, more often than not, wrestlers of color are relegated to offensive stereotypes. But—again—it’s getting better. Groups like The New Day (pictured) are doing for wrestling what Shonda Rhimes is doing for television: chipping away at the status quo.