I found the piece by Sharon Mazer to be very interesting. It gave the perspective of a person who neither liked or disliked wrestling. She was mainly interested in wrestling as a performance rather than just wrestling. She wasn't interested in proving wrestling to be fake but how wrestling appeared to be real.
Not only was Mazer foreign to wrestling, but she was a woman in a man's world. Mazer points out that there was another woman, Sky Magic, present at the gym. The difference with Mazer and Sky Magic was that Sky Magic was a bodybulider who actually went out and wrestled with the men. She was one of the guys. Mazer, on the other hand, was "short, round, and female". Although Sky Magic accepted her as one of the girls, Mazer could never really become one of the guys. I think that it is hard to imagine the male wrestlers accepting female wrestlers, so it seemed impossible for them to accept a female journalist. The only reason, in my opinion, that they accepted Mazer was to get their name known and have some publicity.
Mazer knew that she was out of her element while she was with the wrestlers. She knew her place as an invisible spectator and she knew not to speak out of turn. When Vito tells Mazer to take naked pictures of them, Mazer knows exactly what he is trying to do. I agree with Mazer's analysis that it was a kind of inititation and that she was "getting her face pushed to the mat". Mazer did not backdown to Vito and knows that she will get the last word when she writes her essay.
Even though Mazer might've seemed like an unikely fit in the gym, Mazer never stopped in her quest to study wrestling. At the end of the article when she is asked for her opinion on a woman wrestler, Mazer knows that she has been truly accepted by the wrestlers.