In this thread I figured we could discuss cultural aspects of pro wrestling. Either how it is perceived in various cultures or various parts of the culture of pro wrestling. For example: Whilst wrestling is considered a spectacle and show in the United states/western world it is viewed more as a sport in Japan. The Japanese fans know of the scripted nature but still treat the product as if it was a sport. It is even reported on in the sports section of newspapers. Why do you think that is? Why is it that one culture takes it more seriously whilst the other views it more as a spectacle or side show even? Both countries have large populations and the education level is roughly similar. Yet they take completely different approaches to wrestling. Is it the fans who have shaped this culture or the wrestling business itself? Any other discussions around wrestling culture you want to bring up don't hesitate.