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The Art of Suffering
in Everything harder than everyone else
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Wrestling is not a sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of Suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque.' Suffering in sport is not merely a noble journey of physical sacrifice, but its own masochistic melodrama, a way of thrashing out complicated internal issues in the crudest of external ways. While pro-wrestling is one of the most injurious sports (or, more accurately, it's sports entertainment), it's generally only hardcore wrestlers who leave blood smears across the ring. A handful of wrestlers have died from brain trauma in or out of the ring. WWE wrestlers, unlike other athletes, have no off-season, and need to power through show after show while living on the road.

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Everything harder than everyone else

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