Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America by Andrew Riesman:
At some point around the run-up to the first WrestleMania, the WWF had started lobbying for deregulation in Connecticut. On May 15, 1985, Republican state representative Loren E. Dickinson had presented a bill that would remove most government oversight of wrestler health and safety. A WWF lawyer had appeared before the body to defend the effort with a remarkable admission: he said wrestling was fake.
“We consider ourselves in the same class or league as the circus and the Harlem Globetrotters,” the lawyer had said, adding that while such performances featured “terrific athletes” and “tremendous entertainment,” the nevertheless “do not have the regulation by the government.” If something wasn’t real, how dangerous could it be?