As I was doing my homework for the History of Professional Wrestling tonight, an acquaintance was watching over my shoulder. He asked me why I was reading up on things about pro wrestling because he knew that I didn’t really watch it. I told him that it was for my class, the History of Pro Wrestling. The conversation continued on and I explained to him that the class went with one of my majors, Pop Culture. He said “Studying Pop Culture makes sense, it illustrates what a generation will leave behind, but studying Pro Wrestling makes no sense.” I didn’t have a well formulated response, so I just sat there in silence. However, I read the article “Professional Wrestling: Why the Bad Guy Wins,” by John W. Campbell, and it gave me an answer. One point that Campbell points out in the article is that pro wrestling reaches its highest views when the wrestlers are portraying a political issue. He gave an example of Mr. Fuji. He was a wrestler whose story had a background in Japan. Therefore, he played an evil guy (a foot) who was constantly doing sneaky things to beat his opponent. The announcers played his part up by saying “He’s about to Pearl Harbor it!” This kind of relation to the fans is what draws them in the most. It helps them get out their frustrations of the world, along with their anger and frustration, in a simple way. This made me think about what my acquaintance said. Wrestling might not be a huge part of pop culture in today’s society but, like studying pop culture, wrestling shows the kind of things that the generation will leave behind. Like it has been said multiple times, wrestling is often times a mirror for what is going on in society. This point can also be related to Gregory P. Stone and Ramon A. Oldenburg’s article “Wrestling.” In the very beginning of the article, it is explained that wrestling is a very ancient thing. Wrestling has been seen as a sport and for fun and entertainment since humanity has really existed. Something so primitive, like wrestling, is bound to remain entertaining for as long as humanity exist.