Why I Love Wrestling AND Comics

Why I Love Wrestling AND Comics

Wrestling and comic books are very similar...

Its not the case that one could easily be confused for the other, but there are similarities. Colorful characters, running around in spandex, fighting outlandish villains? That's a pretty big similarity. Wrestling and superheroes have a certain synergy, making it more enjoyable to be a fan of both.

The astute wrestling observer will, over time, begin to recognize the different techniques, strikes, and holds used in matches. These moves, while executed in the realm of a fake sport, are based on real world fighting techniques. Each wrestler has to train and practice in their particular fighting style in order to be able to perform their maneuvers without harming the other wrestler. The arm bar is a common example of such a maneuver. The arm bar is performed by using the leverage of your body to hyper extend your opponent's shoulder joint.

It looks something like that. This is the same attack that Huntress uses in this season's Arrow to disable some goons. Similarly, Black Canary in the Justice League Unlimited series performs another common wrestling move, the hurricanrana on one of a group of thugs robbing a warehouse. The hurricanrana involves wrapping your legs around your opponent's head in a head scissor and then using momentum to drag him or her to the ground.

Recognizing these movies in the superhero world adds a little authenticity to the hero's abilities. For example, it feels more realistic to see Wonder Woman use Greco-Roman moves as opposed to simply kicks and strikes. Beyond all that, though, its just that much more entertaining to be able to recognize crossovers between the two different forms of entertainment.
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Filed Under "Comics" 12/20/2012 Source: Checkmate Comics Blog
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TheDARKestKNIGHT - 12/20/2012, 2:01 PM
We don't give a [frick]!

J/K....but honestly wrestling is so fake it's ridiculous!
stevengil - 12/20/2012, 2:07 PM
Is that BANE!? jk
Anthrax - 12/20/2012, 2:17 PM
DioFoRio - 12/20/2012, 2:19 PM
@Derpina...sooooo, like in the 60's? Or whenever it started?
Anthrax - 12/20/2012, 2:30 PM
the only thing i remember from wrestling was when the misfits wrestled in wcw I think lol
Anthrax - 12/20/2012, 2:31 PM
marvel72 - 12/20/2012, 3:00 PM
wwf/wwe attitude era is/was the best years of wrestling without doubt.

i watch raw each week & the monthly pay per veiw but that's about it.
havoc9987 - 12/20/2012, 4:25 PM

kenjim152 - 12/20/2012, 5:08 PM
American wrestling as u said can be so fake, but u should take a close look at japanese and mexican wrestling .... Man they rule specially in the late 80s early 90s :)
aresww3 - 12/20/2012, 5:51 PM
Don´t listen to these guys, I like your article. I have to admit, The Rock Stonecold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle are guilty pleasures of mine as well, although I liked the stories more than I liked the wrestling. I kind of just end up looking for The Rock or Kurt Angle promos, more than their matches. Anyway its true some of the analogies you made, which wrestlers are you faves? I´ve always liked the heels more than anything, I find they become boring as baby faces - thats why I hate John Cena now, although I don´t watch it much, I got into his whole rapping thing. I think thats why I like comics more, the cool villains stay villains and the cool goodguys stay goodguys. I mean if the Joker and Batman were in wrestling, people would have probably started cheering the joker by now don´t you think?. :) cool article.
aresww3 - 12/20/2012, 5:52 PM
Oh I should have finished - cool article what? and that´s the bottom line. what? cause Aresww3 said so. what?
johnblake - 12/20/2012, 7:13 PM
you too?
ravennpilot - 12/20/2012, 10:49 PM
I don't know, as someone who wrestled Folk Style, and practiced Brazilian Jujitsu, I find Wrestling to be laughable. Not to say I could beat any of those monsters in a fight, they are freaking huge. But the over the top moves they do are just that. You may see the moves as being representational of comic book characters. I see it as show boating. I don't doubt that these guys take a bruising but having a badly done arm bar that someone muscles through bothers me after having dozens of them applied to me. Once you feel and understand what it takes to apply proper form you will understand what it how difficult it is for Batman to defeat a Bane. That has added so much more to my opinion of these characters and their writers.

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