|Hooper_X - 2009-04-10 |
Lawler is the professional's professional wrestler here - he stays in character, says a piece, then goes on to talk about his match with Lord Humongous. That's just how they do shit in Memphis, baby.
(The same YouTube user has pretty much everything Kaufman did in Memphis uploaded - it's required viewing.)
It wasn't until I watched Andy Kaufman do his thing that I turned an analytical eye to professional wrestling. It's like a fun house mirror, flipping and skewing it's already colorful audience to create something hilariously overblown and grotesque; and upside down.
Maybe, more aptly, it's a caricature of the society that created it, but instead of the caricature artist insisting on roller blades and dune buggies, he draws his medium in testosterone, sweat, and neon-clad-semi-nude men.
There's a book called "Steel Chair To The Head" that's a collection of academic essays on pro wrestling. One of the editors, Henry Jenkins, is at the Media Studies program at MIT and has written a bit on the topic, mostly in the context of fans and fandom (the guy is basically the godfather of academic research on fandom).
Beyond the Mat was a pretty interesting film, not perfect, but it had enough ambition to make it worth a watch.
Hooker - I didn't say he was the most professional Of All Time. I was just saying that he was on his A-game here. YEAH I HEARD HE DIED BUT I NEVER LIKED HIM ANYWAY AND Y'ALL KNOW THAT. ANYWAY ABOUT MY MATCH WITH LORD HUMONGOUS...
These days they'd have a live two-hour retrospective and Hart and Lawler would be bawling about how they really admired and respected him and etc.
|Blaise - 2009-04-10 |
While Andy was the best thing about pro wrestling the converse is not also true.
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