So far, the article "Actors on a Canvas Stage: The Dramatic Conventions of Professional Wrestling," by Gerald Craven and Richard Moseley has been my favorite. It really explained a great example of why people could get into Pro Wrestling. The fans of Pro Wrestling see it as a "play," even though I'm sure that they would never admit that. I will never find Pro Wrestling appealing, however I do thoroughly enjoy viewing a play. So, I'm thinking of fans going to see "The Grudge Match" at Madison Square Garden as me going to see "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. While the type of fan who would find each appealing, is opposite of the other, it's the same principle. Both sets of fans realize that they are watching a staged performance with actors who tell a story. In both, there are good guys and bad guys. They even both have stages.
"Tonight the Hulk vs Ox. Baker," by Randall Williams was quite an entertaining story for an article. The part that was most interesting to me was found at the end. Two wrestlers happened to die after a fight with Baker. This become a part of him. It attached to his persona within the world of Pro Wrestling and there was no getting rid of it. Instead of letting this seemingly negative publicity tarnish his career, he embraced it and became known from it. The article ended with a story of a lady who hated Baker so much that she screamed at him during matches. The coincidence of two men dying after their fight with Baker seemed to be real to her and she hated him with all of her guts. This type of fan interaction is what makes Pro Wrestling so appealing. They can love a guy or hate a guy, but they would still go to the arena to see both. That way they can either cheer for a hero or cuss at a heel.