In the 1920s, pro-wrestling was considered as a legitimate sport. Everything about the sport was so real and there was no theatrics. However, this changed in the 1930s when professional wrestling was associated with theatrics or fakeness. The group of wrestlers that were involved in the sport moved from one town to the other to showcase their wrestling prowess.
Since they were already friends, they did not find any reason to hurt each other or get into actual fighting. Instead, they participated in the sport to purely entertain their audience. They acted as business partners and knew what was going to happen in every show. The only time they used their prowess in wrestling is when they were engaging one of their audience in a fight for money.
Unlike genuine sports like MME, boxing, and wrestling, among other genuine sports, pro-wrestling is illegitimate. Before any professional wrestling show, the results are already predetermined and the organizers already know the winner.
Between the 1950s during the era of television advent and the 1990s, the ability to reach more people through the medium made more people get interested in professional wrestling. The sport did not just gain popularity; there was a huge financial success despite the competition from other sports like WWF.
The nature of professional wrestling was transformed and the characters that appeared in the sport were enhanced. What remains real in pro-wrestling is the bruises the fighters get at times during the shows. The pain they go through when their bodies are slammed is real. This is why most of the pro-wrestlers retire early or spend most of their time in drug or alcohol abuse. For some, they have to keep taking pain medications to reduce the pain in their bodies.
Unlike real wrestling that seems slow or boring, pro-wrestling is fun and exciting. The shows are planned for entertainment purposes and to do this, they have to predetermine their moves to please the audience.