We are chained to the flickering shadows of celebrity culture, the spectacle of the arena and the airwaves, the lies of advertising, the endless personal dramas, many of them completely fictional, that have become the staple of news, celebrity gossip, New Age mysticism and pop psychology. The spectacle of wrestling provides a psychological window into what has happened to our society. The story line of today's Professional Wrestling has evolved to fit a new era. Rather than vilify strange foreigners it now focuses on the petty personal dramas and family disfunction that has accompanied the American social breakdown. There are no more ‘good guys’ and 'bad guys’-only self indulgent individuals.
From Chris Hedges' 2009 book 'Empire of Illusion'