Professional wrestling, as opposed to sport, is the fulfillment of bourgeois ideology. As Roland Barthes explained in Mythologies, “a boxing match always implies a science of the future…the wrestler’s function is not to win but to perform exactly the gestures expected of him.” The sport viewer may anticipate a certain outcome, but cannot guarantee that his expectation will be satisfied, whereas the professional wrestling fan knows the overall arc of the story. And like the pleasure experienced when the detective reveals the killer at the end of a whodunit, the outcome of professional wrestling is cathartic. It is wish fulfillment. It is a morality play.