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There are many different fantasy opportunities for sports fans. Football fans for example can create imaginary teams from real players and score points based on how ‘their’ players do in real games. Fantasy football fans have drafts and ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ players just as they do in the real world. Now, the idea has come to professional wrestling.

A back-story is information about a person or situation that happened before what we are currently talking about. Here, the back-story of the wrestler would be where they were born, went to school, family life, job, hobbies, etc.

Unlike fantasy football, fantasy wrestling or eFedding uses made up characters. Players give their character a name, a back-story, physical characteristics, appearance and the moves they will use. For example a character might look something like this “Johnny Turbo is as fast and strong as his name suggests. He likes to beat his opponents with speed.”

Once a player creates their character they challenge another wrestler in their league. There are four main organizations, called eFeds – IWA, EWNCW, JBW or WWE. The rules depend on the eFed. IWA uses a mathematical system. Each wrestler chooses ten holds. In real wrestling, a hold is how the wrestler fights with their opponent. In the fantasy version, a hold is given a numerical value.

The holds of the two players are compared starting with the first. A player gets points if they choose a hold with a higher value than his/her opponents corresponding hold. The differences are added up and the player with the most points wins.

EFeds also want the players to get into character. They have interviews with the ‘wrestlers’ in which the players pretend to speak with a reporter. In the International Elite Wrestling eFed, role-playing is an important part of the play.

Why do people do it? Looking at the forums the reason seems to be just for fun. But eFedding is more like other forms of role-playing than fantasy sports. The players are ‘fighting’ through a prearranged system and getting into character just like people who play Dungeons and Dragons. The only difference is that they have changed magic, elves and monsters for the spectacle of professional wrestling.

Original article by Ryan Scott- Sydney, Australia. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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Sports fans have many chances to pretend to play sports. With fantasy leagues fans can create imaginary teams from real players. They score points based on how ‘their’ players do in real games. Now, the idea has come to professional wrestling.

If something is made up, it isn’t real.

A back-story is information about a person or situation that happened before what we are currently talking about. Here, the back-story of the wrestler would be where they were born, went to school, family life, job, hobbies, etc.

Unlike fantasy football, fantasy wrestling or eFedding uses made up characters. Players give their character a name, a back-story, describe how they look and the moves they will use. For example a character might look something like this “Johnny Turbo is as fast and strong as his name says. He likes to beat his opponents with speed.”

Once a player creates their character they challenge another wrestler in their league. There are four main organizations, called eFeds – IWA, EWNCW, JBW or WWE. The rules are different for each eFed. IWA uses a mathematical system. Each wrestler chooses ten holds. In real wrestling, a hold is how the wrestler fights with their opponent. In the fantasy version, a hold is given a numerical value.

The holds of the two players are compared starting with the first. A player gets points if they choose a hold with a higher value than his/her opponents corresponding hold. The differences are added up and the player with the most points wins.

Why do people do it? Probably just for fun. But eFedding is more like role-playing than fantasy sports. The players are ‘fighting’ through a prearranged system. They get into character like people who play Dungeons and Dragons. The only difference is that they have changed magic, elves and monsters for the spectacle of professional wrestling.

Original article by Ryan Scott – Sydney, Australia. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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A number of fantasy alternatives exist, which enable sports fans to share in the thrill of their favourite sport without necessarily getting on the sports field. Football fans of various codes have long created imaginary teams from existing players and then scored points based on the performance of their players in a given season. Fantasy football fans have drafts and ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ players just as they do in the real world. Now, the concept has come to professional wrestling.

A back-story is information about a person or situation that happened before what we are currently talking about. Here, the back-story of the wrestler would be where they were born, went to school, family life, job, hobbies, etc.

The cynically inclined may comment that professional wrestling doesn’t require another fantasy component. Unlike fantasy football, fantasy wrestling or eFedding involves made up characters. Players give their character a name, a back-story, physical characteristics, appearance and the moves they will use. EFedding websites recommend checking which wrestlers already exist so as not to repeat active characters. For example a character might look something like this “Johnny Turbo is as fast and strong as his name suggests. He likes to outwit opponents with his speed.”

Once a player creates their character they challenge another wrestler in their league. Four main organizations, called eFeds, offer fantasy wrestling opportunities – IWA, EWNCW, JBW or WWE. The rules depend on the eFed. IWA uses a straight mathematical system. Each wrestler chooses ten holds. In real wrestling, a hold is how the wrestler grapples with their opponent. In the fantasy version, a hold is awarded a numerical value. The value of the holds changes for each three week cycle.

The holds of the two players are compared starting with the first. A player scores points if they choose a hold with a higher value than his/her opponents corresponding hold. The differences are added up and the player with the most points wins. The game can finish early if a player has six high scoring holds in a row, so the match ends with that highest scoring round. In the IWA eFed, players play for imaginary money.

Believe it or not, eFed is more than a numbers game. The various organizations encourage the players to get into character. They have interviews with the ‘wrestlers’ in which the players pretend to speak with a reporter. In the International Elite Wrestling eFed, role-playing forms a significant part of the play. Players have to ‘out-role-play’ their opponents.

A gimmick is something used to attract attention. Advertisers and public relations people often uses gimmicks to support and get publicity for companies.

Referees look for certain qualities in a wrestler’s role-play. He/she should be creative, original, logical and stick to the gimmick of his/her wrestling character. The IEW requires the players to censor curse words and to avoid using racist or homophobic language. They even urge players to spell correctly and follow grammatical rules, so that players “don’t sound like Neanderthals.” The IEW clearly has a higher opinion of wrestlers than the general public.

So why do people do it? Looking at the forums the reason seems to be for the pure fun of it. But why take part in something which reduces the drama of the ring to email exchanges and numerical comparisons? In fantasy football, the vicarious enjoyment occurs because fantasy league players are studying real world events. Studies show that fantasy football leagues in the US increase spectator participation. Efedding is its own world, not what happens in the ring. The players are creating what happens in the ring.

In this way eFedding is much more like other forms of role-playing than fantasy sports. The players are ‘fighting’ through a predetermined system and getting into character just like people who play Dungeons and Dragons. The only difference is that they have swapped magic, elves and monsters for the spectacle of professional wrestling.

Ryan Scott – Sydney, Australia

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