As a WWF-obsessed kid in the 1980s, I was the target audience during pro wrestling’s peak period. But what I didn’t know then was this national explosion of popularity was killing off the last vestiges of rasslin’ as it existed for decades before, and fans of so-called “real” wrestling were mourning its loss.
You like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, right? You think it’s funny, and smart, and warm-hearted—one of the best examples of the 1970s sitcom? Sure. You like the performers? You think they’re experts at getting laughs? Uh-huh. Okay…so let’s switch things up and put them in jeopardy.