Popularity of Professional Wrestling.

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Professional wrestling has become a popular form of entertainment. Its fan base once mainly consisted of closet fans, meaning that they didn't openly admit to being wrestling fans. That has changed over the past few years, as wrestling has become one of the highest rated shows on television.

With all the action and a live audience, wrestling has the feel of other sports broadcasts, such as baseball or football. It also has storylines and character development, as well as good guys and bad guys who fight against each other. It offers a unique blend of drama, comedy, and action, all performed in front of an interactive live crowd.

On TV, a wrestler develops a rivalry with another wrestler over a period of time. The rivalry can be intense, with the wrestlers showing real emotion and being very serious. It can also take a light-hearted approach, where the wrestlers do comical things to each other that gets the audience laughing.

When the two finally have a wrestling match against each other, it is more significant than any ordinary match because it has a story behind it, and the audience follows the action better and care more about its outcome.

Wrestlers also "play to the crowd," meaning they do various things so the audience has fun at the show. This can include doing things like gesturing to the audience, starting a chant, coming up with catchphrases, or simply getting the people to react to something, just so those in attendance enjoy themselves and continue going to the shows. This can help a wrestler charm the audience and gain more popularity.

One man who brought wrestling to the mainstream is the legendary Hulk Hogan. After gaining fame in the movie Rocky 3, he joined World Wrestling Entertainment, (Back then known as the...