I understand the appeal of wrestling and I get why Jeff & Alex like it, but apart from a brief interest in the mid-80s stuff when I was in 5th grade, I have never gotten into it.
On the other hand, I really appreciate any well made animation and love movies by Otomo, Ghibli and Satoshi Kon. I think about 90% of anime is still garbage, but the stuff that's good is excellent so I have to pick anime.
If I have to watch wrestling, i must insist that it be either the Mexican or Japanese variety. American pro wrestling has this macho self seriousness that I find very offputting. At least in Mexico and Japan they are very self aware about how dumb the whole thing is and play up that angle to great comedy effect. I once watched Bob Sapp fight a guy in a Kinnikuman mask during an MMA show. It was not a pro wrestling fight though. Real mixed martial arts match. :)
Holy crap it's on youtube. Observe the magic:
Anime i can get behind. Theres ALOT of garbage in anime, like ALOT. I only like a handful of anime shows honestly, the goofy shit is so dumb. Attack on Titan, bebop, FMA, outlaw star, ghost in the shell, stuff like that is awesome. DBZ, bleach, all these over the top dumb shows are just garbage.
But wrestling? How the fuck do people even like that? It's fake scripted stupid stories about greased up men in underwear fake fighting. Even as a little kid i didnt like wrestling i thought the stories were dumb even then. I mean my favorite show as a kid was Batman the animated series, that had FAR more sophisticated and intellectually stimulating stories than wrestling has ever done. I'm not trying to rain on anyones parade or anything, if you like it good for you. I just don't understand at all. Is it in like an ironic "it's so bad its good" type way? I mean i enjoy getting some drinks, some friends and riffing on bad movies alot, especially action or horror flicks (bad comedies are like the opposite of funny). I dunno, if a wrestling fan wants to enlighten me on why they like it, i'd like to hear it. I'm honestly curious. I'm not judging btw. I like some dumb shit too.
I really like Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler... if that counts in any way. But then I also quite like Grave of The Fireflies... and Tales of Symphonia & Vesperia, which aren't anime but are heavily anime-influenced. Vesperia did get an anime prequel, though, but I haven't seen it. I also think The Rock was awesome in Welcome to the Jungle--I DON'T KNOWWWWWW STOP IT STOP IT SOPT IT
Though it is few and far between, there is at least some intelligent anime out there. I've yet to see intelligent wrestling. Except for maybe some of Mick Foley's late 90s, early 00s work. There also might just be some fucking crazy underground Mexican or Japanese league that's worth watching for the sheer spectacle...
Like this Japanese man -vs- woman fluorescent bulb match! (I chose the third part cause it takes them a while to get this bloody, that side-suplex onto a bunch of fluorescent tubes, man!!)