5 time, 5 time opinion of mine on this thread (off to a slow start Cobra, that line didn’t work)
I think this would get to 75%+ against: I don’t buy into the concept of ‘believability’ in a sense that it needs to be ‘believable’ that one wrestler could beat another wrestler. An example would be ‘the fans’ would not think it believable that say a Sami Zayn could beat Brock Lesnar. This could also be known as the Hogan Squashing Potential Opponents Clause (HSPOC, pronounced hispock). He would go to a promoter with the ‘well that’s not believable if I lost to him’. Obviously these ‘fan opinions’ on these matchups would be based on size, or muscle, or in Brock’s case, success in MMA.
Uh, who cares who could actually whip who in a real fight when it comes to winning a pro wrestling match. No, I’m not expecting Heath Slater to go ‘toe to toe’ with Braun Strowman, but there’s a myriad of wrestling moves and different attacks and submission holds and speed and stamina aspects in which a smaller dude could defeat a larger one in a pro wrestling environment. I would go as far to say as besides Lesnar, fans might not have any idea on which wrestlers could actually whip the roster in a real fight. Perhaps Kyle O’Reilly would have a ridiculously high winning percentage in ‘real fighting’. Good for him.
I think most fans want a champion to ‘look’ like he could win real fights. I disagree that this is that important as 1) most fans don’t actually know who could beat who (not saying I do either), and 2) pro wrestling has so many more ‘weapons’ at a wrestler’s disposal to inflict damage so every man with two hands has a … never mind.