When McMahon admitted in court that the whole thing is staged I think it immediately took away a segment of the population that was interested in pro-wrestling. Prior to that many who thought that some part of wrestling was fake could put that thought aside because no one had come out and blatantly said that it was all choreographed. Pro-wrestling wasn't killed but it was certainly injured. The movement from a more-wrestling contest to a "let's see who can have the highest-high-point" has made it even more apparent that everything is choreographed. I read a story that when Harley Race was just starting in the profession, his father, not once, but twice tried entering the ring (all 5'8" of him) in order to save his son from a "beating". And Harley had told him after the first time it had occurred that he and the other guy in the ring were "partners" and not too worry... but it didn't convince his father that Harley wasn't getting the tar beaten out of him prior to the second time he tried getting into the ring. The great ones had the ability to make the whole thing appear real.