So, Why Do YOU Watch Wrestling?
So, Why Do YOU Watch Wrestling?
by THE INFAMOUS JCITY™
[Editor’s Note: This is the first post I have ever written using WordPress’ Mobile App for Android. I’m not familiar with the App and I’m typing this using a touchscreen keyboard, so I would appreciate it if you all look past all the spelling and grammar mistakes that are bound to ensue.]
In a world obssesed with what’s hot in mainstream Pop Culture, Professional Wrestling is often treated like the red-headed stepchild of modern day entertainment; and has been treated as such for quite some time now. For journalistic purposes, I recently conducted a street survey outside of a local bar where I asked 100 people if they watched wrestling and what they thought about the current product. The results did not surprise me in the least bit, but they do paint a picture of the general populations opinion on our chosen genre of entertainment. More after the jump.
While not completely shocking, 68 of the people I surveyed said they don’t watch or care for wrestling. Among the main reasons given was the go to excuse for the majority of wrestling haters out there; it’s not real. Now, I could have argued on how most forms of entertainment are “not real”, but that would have just been an exercise in futility. Those people are set in their ways and unfortunately most of society feels the same way.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ve been a wrestling fan since childhood and have heard the “Wrestling is fake” line for many years now. Back when I was younger the kids would say it to seem cool or feel superior by putting down something someone else found enjoyment in. Kinda like how people discredit the likes of Justin Bieber just because other people enjoy his music, but they don’t see what the fuss is all about.
Anyways, 17 people surveyed said they used to watch wrestling in the past, but no longer followed the product. This group of people were friendlier than all the wrestling haters I talked to as we all had an unwritten bond over our love of Sports Entertainment. I thought it was pretty fucking cool when I surveyed a couple that have been married for over 25yrs and they brought me a few drinks as they reminisced about the days of watching Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, The Honkey Tonk Man, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, “Ravishing” Rick Rude and many other wrestling legends, as I agreed with them that while I still enjoy the product, nothing can beat the glory days of wrestling they held so close to their hearts.
That is a fine example of why I just ignore the people who bash wrestling without even giving it a chance. That unspoken bond us fans have with each other is priceless. Strangers can become great friends due to their love of wrestling, as proven by some of the friendships I have acquired over the years. From just wasting hours talking about our favorite Superstars and matches, to wrestling each other in our backyards while smashing baking pans over each others heads, wrestling has provided me with some great moments, even after the cameras stop rolling.
I think that’s one of the main reasons people frequent the sites in the IWC. The up to date news is all good and dandy, but to me, it’s all about the comradery. Be it mingling with like minded fans or arguing about something we are passionate about, wrestling is all about bringing people together, one Body Slam at a time.
So yeah, back to the survey. 15 people admitted to watching the current product. 3 were dads that claimed to only watch because of their children. When I asked who their kids favorite wrestler was, every guy unsurprisingly said John Cena. Anyways, the other 12 people were awesome. We drank a few pitchers of beer as we played pool and talked about the likes of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. I had a blast doing my first ever street survey and even though the majority of the people surveyed didn’t enjoy the product, I managed to find a few that did and made a few new friends as a result.
Even though mainstream society doesn’t seem accepting of Professional Wrestling, there are millions of people out there that love it, despite what other people think. My question to YOU is, even with all the haters out there, why do YOU watch wrestling?