A quick note about the AWA inteviews that we watched today in class... I was amazed at how informal and poorly staged the tv interviews were. The wrestlers often had their backs to the camera , and walked out of frame, or stood directly in front of the announcer so that the poor guy had to reach around the jostling, extoling wrestler with the long skinny mic. The wrestlers also seemed to be in somewhat uncomfortable territory with the speaking on camera, often looking uncertain about how or whether to continue a rant or just start throwing things or beating on the interviewer.
All of this could certainly be accounted for by the shift in wrestling into tv formats and into more dramatic layouts and plotlines. The wrestlers were given a new criteria for success in pro wrestling: the ability to perform their characters verbally on camera. We saw the instance of Bockwinkel and Stevens taking on Bobby "The Brain" Heenan as a manager, since his speaking ability and verbal charisma far outshone the wrestlers'.
But the crazy interviews, with all their impromptu camera work and screwy positionings, add to an anarchic tone the is created because the wrestlers can't control their physical energy, their anger, their need for vengeance. When the interviewer ends up trembling in the corner, it adds to the credibility of the wrestler's character. The interview becomes an extension of the match, instead of a seperated response to it.