Max Landis’ Wrestling isn’t Wrestling was my gateway into wrestling. I originally found fans cheering for people who would seemingly deliberately try to kill their opponents really put me off for a long time. The end of the video in particular put into context a lot of the drama that goes into the wrestling product by basically focusing on the storytelling of wrestling rather than the actual wrestling.
What got me into the “combat” was honestly watching a ton of extreme sports videos & really just admiring the work was required into inventing & learning something as simple as an kickflip or a corkscrew. Somehow I ended up connecting tricks in skateboarding, aggressive inline skating (I think it’s dope leave me alone), snowboarding & freestyle skiing with the tricks that are done in acro & circus watching my SO’s sister. At the time I didn’t care much for acro or circus but viewing them from the same lens that I do for the previously mentioned sports made me understand why people did it & how people performed those tricks.
Combining that new understanding of tricks & the previously mentioned video I began looking at wrestling again, although the WWE style of slams & brawling bored me. However, I found that Lucha Libre had more of an areal move-set which I could connect with circus & extreme sports. That in the end is what lead me to enjoying wrestling to the level that I do now.
Edit: If you have the time Spencer Hall over at SB Nation wrote a really good piece on Lucha Underground.