Slowly but surely, reality TV has been taking over our lives. Whether we watch it as a guilty pleasure or as outright fans, we all have a reality show or two we follow religiously, and sports fans are no different. But calling it ‘reality’ TV is a little misleading as reality TV, despite its name, is oftentimes incredibly fake. And sports reality TV is no different. These five shows are just the tip of the iceberg.
WWE Smackdown / Raw
While most kids learn by age twelve that WWE wrestling is fake (usually out of the ring as well), a few of them grow up believing these battles are real.
It’s hard to think that some WWE fans still believe that you can get repeatedly smacked in the head by a chair and just wrestle the following week as if nothing happened. Those people need a reality check and that’s what we’re here for.
More than anything else, pro wrestling matches are essentially displays of carefully choreographed stunts. The fighting in itself is completely rehearsed. So we can’t really expect a show like ‘Total Divas’ to be an accurate depiction of reality.
This show supposedly follows pro-wrestling women and their behind-the-scenes intrigue, which sounds pretty interesting. However, it doesn’t sound as interesting when you learn that most of the show is scripted. These trained entertainers do just that — entertain. The drama is just as fake as their fights.
When E! first aired “WAGS” in 2015, it became one of the network’s most-watched reality shows in no time. The concept of the show was that you get a behind-the-scenes look at the life and drama of sports stars’ wives.
Unfortunately, most of the conflicts and drama in the show were completely fake. The fake factor runs so deep within the show to the point where some women in it didn’t even really date these athletes!
With a similar concept to ‘WAGS’, ‘Basketball Wives’ follows the lives and drama involved in being married to basketball stars. Unfortunately for the show’s producers, in an astonishing interview, former cast member Matt Barnes completely outed the show for being fake.
His claims were backed up by Tanya Young, who was just as unsupportive of the show’s creators.
Professional wrestling always benefits from featuring women athletes, as they bring a much-needed air of femininity to this predominantly male sport.
When ‘Total Bellas’ was originally pitched, it was a reality show about two prominent female wrestlers and their ex-boyfriends. (John Cena, and Daniel Bryan.) But just like what happens in the ring, that show turned out to be fake.