The thing is, professional wrestling has been "outed" numerous times since the 1930s for being "fake". How it evolved from 1920s contests into its current global existence is a story all its own.Reality TV isn't real??? What's next, pro-wrestling?
But the thing with wrestling is that all its viewers, except MAYBE very young ones are completely aware of the fact that it's a work. Its sustained itself and expanded ever since the territory days by providing a show that was able to suspend your disbelief, at least in part, so you can enjoy it. That's the trick. Even when it's not a work, it can be portrayed as such, and occasionally (such as with Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman) it really seems like a legit shoot.
Reality TV presents itself as legit, and in many ways hinges upon its viewers not perceiving how fake it is. The scariest part for me is that while die hard wrestling fans know it's a work, reality TV fans seemed to have missed the memo. Frightening.