wow, thanks for all the replies guys, shouldn't probably have posted that the day before I knew I'd have an Internetless day.
Anyways, my access to wrestling has been intermittent throughout the years. For instance, when I found out Shawn Michaels was the number one star, my reaction was, "what? the blond kid from the rockers?" I pretty much missed the entire attitude era. Did catch much of the NWO storyline over on WCW though.
About that ... here's a little story. In the late 80s, the Belgian TV market was freed up. So, the first commercial TV station, VTM started buying up all the established talent from the government run VRT. As a result, VTM became the retirement home for has-been talent and VRT was the place where exciting young talent was featured. It took VTM over a decade to establish itself in the under 50 segment.
The same pretty much was true for WCW vs WWE. Early on, WCW featured massively cool young talent. And that cruiserweight division thing ... LOVED IT!
I'll take Malenko vs Benoit (the wrestler whom shall never be named ... oh crap, I just named him, didn't I) over Hogan vs Earthquake any time. ... and then they started bringing in all these WWE stars ...
Ok, NWO was a pretty cool story, but it went on too long and they didn't suffer any setbacks. The Horsemen mostly could keep operating independently from NWO and Sting mounted some sort of counter-offensive, but even that was mostly guerilla style hit and run. And so, WCW became a retirement home and WWE was able to survive way too easily.
aaaaaanyway ... to answer some of the points raised. My access to MMA is even limited-er than to wrestling, plus, I'm no great fan of actual violence and pain.
fe. I looked up some old matches and came across a Foley-Flair match from 2008 (?) that was basically a who-can-bleed-most match ... I stopped watching half way through. There simply was no point to the whole deal. I'm quite happy the blood is mostly gone from WWE now.
As to wrastling ... I was always under the impression that wrastling was a sub-category of wrestling where there was even more acting and even fewer actual matches (I tend to skip most interviews and the like btw)
As for the real wrestling/show wrestling distinction ... how often do you see real wrestling on the TV ... outside of the olympics, I mean ... like, never?
So, it's fairly safe that when anyone talks about 'wrestling', they're talking about the WWE scripted kind.
BTW, see that fellow on the left there? No, that's not Hagrid. I know, he LOOKS like Hagrid, but trust me, it's not Hagrid.
That's The Armenian Beast ... who exists solely in the darker parts of the caverns of my mind. He's my E-fed guy.