When and why did professional wrestling lose its sense of humor?
I grew up in the Golden Age of pro wrestling: the time of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albano, the Iron Sheik, the Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Kerry von Erich, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Rick "The Nature Boy" Flair. These were master showmen with these enormous, hilariously cartoonish personalities and schticks, and you found yourself not caring if the matches were "real" or not. It was high melodrama and spectacle mixed with stunning athleticism. However, somewhere along the way the sport started taking itself way too seriously. The wrestlers all started to look either like members of late 90's alt-metal bands, or roadies for those bands. Gone were the over-the-top personas with the monikers and wardrobe to match, replaced by overly-tattooed dudes wrestling in their street clothes under their given names. Bo-ring! What happened? And why was I not consulted?