SPECTACLES: Heroes & Villains

Q. What becomes of old, broken-down wrestlers?

A. Nothing. They are still wrestling.

Half fact and half fancy, the old gag is not really funny—not to wrestlers, at any rate. Out on the grunt-and-groan circuit the oldtimers are still working because the old act is still packing them in. Flabby characters who once had the lean, handsome muscle of the stock-company hero now fill in nicely as villains. And week after week, in more than 300 arenas across the country, the good guys tangle with the bad guys in the stylized, make-believe mayhem...

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