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Sports and Entertainment – and More…

David M. Reiss, M.D.

In my previous article on this site, I had proposed that “Wrestling is different  –  the sport is unique, the form of entertainment is unique, and from my point of view as a psychiatrist, the relationships between the athletes themselves, and particularly the relationships between the athletes and the fans, is entirely unique, complex, and psychologically extremely sophisticated…

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In my previous article on this site, I had proposed that “Wrestling is different  –  the sport is unique, the form of entertainment is unique, and from my point of view as a psychiatrist, the relationships between the athletes themselves, and particularly the relationships between the athletes and the fans, is entirely unique, complex, and psychologically extremely sophisticated…

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Meet Dr. David M. Reiss

Dr. David M. Reiss is a practicing psychiatrist, based in San Diego and with offices in other California centres, and now in Ontario, Canada.  Highly qualified in his profession, he has practiced for over 25 years and in addition, maintains a busy schedule of seminars and lectures across America and abroad.

But at the CAC reunion, which he attended for the first time in 2009, he’s just ‘Dave’ to everyone — a serious fan and student of professional wrestling from childhood, when he watched the matches with his father.  Though he’s never been an insider in the pro world, he has intently studied the sport, its athletes and its fans through his professional eyes.  And he’s come to some fascinating and revealing conclusions about many of its facets, from the unique nature of the business to the development of a ring persona to the wrestler’s unique interaction with the fans.

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