A quote that I really thought helped give insight into the purpose of Pro Wrestling came from "The Art of Professional Wrestling: Folk Expression in Mass Culture" by John A. Gutowski. The quote reads "...transformed a basically dull sport to a crowd pleasing spectacle." I think this is a perfect way to explain how and why Pro Wrestling got started in a short phrase. Amateur wrestling is very boring. There's not a huge fan base for it because not many people find it entertaining enough to watch. However, Pro Wrestling is found far more entertaining and, therefore, has a far bigger fan base. This is basically because Pro Wrestling seems far more violent, key word is "seems." While amateur wrestling is real, it doesn't allow a view to get out his/her frustration out by watching it.
One thing that I found very interesting in "Andre the Giant" by Dave Meltzer was that people considered him to be 7'4, but he wasn't. People were so interested in him because the local magazines made it seem like he was the most "giant" person in the world. They exaggerated his height and weight to create more news about him. However, there were other athletes, that the article mentions, that were even taller than him. However, since he started out in France and there wasn't international news, his name of being "Andre the Giant" spread fast. I wonder if he would have been as famous if he was born in today's world-wide connected society. I don't feel like he would have been.