A very underrated job in the world of pro wrestling is the wrestling historian. The pro wrestling business has the bad tendency of changing history to fit certain narratives. Historians have helped both fans, and even wrestlers themselves, understand the real history behind the sport…
The job of a wrestling historian is to first give the facts of events related to the past. They also give context to certain events. Looking at wrestling from previous eras with modern-day eyes, we won’t understand the context of certain decisions like booking to even crowd reactions. Other factors like numbers and data are equally as important in the job of a wrestling historian.
A Dying Breed
Wrestling historians truly feel like a dying breed today. One the many reasons is that fans are indoctrinated to certain narratives promotions have given to people, and how events went down related to wrestling history. There’s no better example then how WWE has controlled the narrative of wrestling history in the U.S. for a very long time, and still do.
The idea of wrestling historians also feels redundant nowadays is because of the internet and how easy it is to get information. It’s true that nothing can be considered as a fact, and good portions of wrestling history are still not part of the internet for multiple reasons.
History Always Repeats
Pro wrestling has the tendency to be a consistent circle, and it seems like events always repeat themselves… Just like humanity has for a very long time and will do until the end of time. Learning the real history of pro wrestling is very important to understand the business, and their positive and negative sides.
Wrestling historians have the job to talk about the facts of wrestling in a world that doesn’t want to. Unfortunately, they only know certain narratives produced by questionable documentaries. Wrestling in the U.S. has suffered because of the monopoly one company had, and history has changed to fit their narrative.
Due to this change of narrative, whether it was for better or worse, has made the job of historians more complicated today.