Maverick Deals: Dear Angry Wrestling Fans-Part 2

So now that we’ve had a little while to digest Part 1 of this letter, please enjoy the continuation:

“Chan-ting Non-sense”- Since we have already covered awful you sound on social media, it’s how you act in the arenas that is the most irritating. I wish I could pinpoint the moment that it all happened. When did wrestling crowds decide that the shows were about them instead of the action going on in the ring? People are literally paying hundreds of dollars to see if they can get the crowd to join them in some bullshit chant. It was at the previously mentioned Live Event that I had the pleasure of sitting 3 rows in front of “Yelling Guy.” We all know this guy. A guy so void of brains that he just screams ran-dom wo-ords with the hope that can go home and tell his bros that he started a chant at a wrestling show. I’m assuming his mother didn’t hug him enough. There came a point during the night that, if I wasn’t with my 6 year old nephew, I probably would have attempted to embarrass him with my own words.

During a women’s tag match that featured Alexa Bliss/Nia Jax vs. Asuka/Dana Brooke, the guy directs a, “Big and Beautiful,” chant at Ms. Jax. A chant that to me seems counterproductive. Yet when Alexa Bliss entered the ring, he starts in with a, “Short and Ugly” chant! This dude had so many rancid farts for brain cells, that he couldn’t even decide which team he wanted to win the match. All he wanted to do was, at the top of his lungs mind you, yell at some women. It is almost like we have forgotten how to cheer or boo. Sure it’s fun to turn your phone into a firefly, or swipe your arm while saying, “Delete!,” but if after the bell rings you can hear conversations across the arena, then we aren’t doing are jobs as fans. The matches actually should matter to you, especially when you are in attendance.

The main event that night was Roman Reigns vs. John Cena for the Intercontinental Championship. A pretty decent match for a non-televised event if you as me. Yet when you looked around the crowd, it looked like their heads were going to explode. Sure there was a nice buzz around Madison Square Garden, but they had no idea what to do! It’s not that hard people. You pick a horse, and you cheer for him. It’s not a battle of which guy sucks more. The negativity is palpable. If you honestly hate both guys that much, just keep your ass home. I’ve been to shows in that building, where sound had feeling. I long for those days again. We need pops. We need claps. We need to cheer again! (P.S.-Enough with the CM Punk chants. I liked the guy too, but you treat him like the first girl that touched your wiener. She doesn’t care and neither does he. Let it go, man.).

And finally-

“Everyone is a Tweener”- I see this statement a lot and it always makes me chuckle. It’s the idea that babyfaces and heels don’t exist anymore, at least in the classic sense anyway. It’s the idea that the WWE has changed the way it is presenting their talent. I laugh at this because the WWE hasn’t changed a thing. You’ve changed! Somewhere along the way we as fans have stopped accepting who these characters are. We refuse to cheer guys like Roman and Cena. We refuse to boo guys like Samoa Joe or the Miz. Root for whoever you want, I don’t care. But thinking that everyone is straddling some gray area is just plain untrue. The WWE still has good guys and bad guys. There is no reason for them to change that formula. Yet when the fan base wont allow themselves to accept these terms and conditions, this is how we get the bullshit on social media, and in the arenas.

You see it all ties together. We have to collectively end the negativity that surrounds the sport we all love. Superkicks and flips aren’t “killing the business,” the fans are. If a fan says they like a certain wrestler, 15 people call them stupid. It seems liking both AJ Styles and Kenny Omega is somehow frowned upon. We should like it all! It is the greatest time to be a wrestling fan. There is literally something out there for everyone, and it is all available instantly. When I was younger, being a wrestling fan was like being part of a secret club. Now we have bouncers at the door telling us we’re stupid because we like certain people. It can’t be like that anymore. I’m guilty of things on this list. We all are. So my pledge for 2018 is to be a better wrestling fan. To bring back the days where watching wrestling was fun. Where we cheered our heroes and booed their opponents. If you are willing to take this pledge with me, I’m happy to have you along for the ride. But if you want to continue degrading your own, while crapping on the people that put their bodies on the line for your entertainment, well I think it’s about time you hide and go fuck yourself. Happy New Year, friends.

Maverick Deals: Dear Angry Wrestling Fans….

The following is an open letter to all fans who have no idea how to enjoy pro wrestling anymore. Please share!

Dear Angry Wrestling Fans,

You may not be aware of this, but you are ruining one of the few things that I hold dear. You might not think you are part of the problem, but you are. You might not think I am talking to you, but I am. By the end of this you might be a bit angry with me, but you shouldn’t be. The only person you should mad at is the mug that looks back at you in the mirror. The negativity that fuels you is killing wrestling, and it’s about time somebody called you out on it. So where do I start? How about…..

The Complaining: One of the biggest stories of 2017 was Jinder Mahal’s unlikely run as WWE Champion. Was it the greatest title run in history? Of course not! But it was not nearly as bad some of you made it out to be. While it may have lacked in mass appeal, we got to see something we rarely get in WWE: A guy who was an afterthought, improving at his craft under the brightest spotlight, up against the harshest of critics. But instead of focusing on the WWE trying to create new stars by throwing them in the deep end, you would rather sit there and rattle off names of people who “deserved” to be champion more. So that’s how it works now? You should be picking the title holders? What we need to be doing as a fan base is be more patient and let situations play out. I understand we live in a “we need it now” world, but one of the greatest wrinkles in wrestling is the payoff. If every Monday or Tuesday you got exactly what you wanted, why would we need the next match?

There are also these jackasses out there who seem to think there is “too much” wrestling for them to handle. 25 years ago, there was no Monday Night Raw. We had an hour of WWF on Saturday morning, and an hour of WCW on Saturday night(At least on my cable system). That’s it! Now we can watch whatever we want, however we want, and all at the touch of a button. Sure 6 hours a week of WWE, not including PPVs, is a big investment. I’ve gone on record numerous times about how near impossible it is for me to catch Raw, Smackdown, or NXT during their scheduled times. But that’s just it, you can watch them all whenever you want! Nobody is sitting there with a gun to your head, forcing you to watch Raw live, ignoring you family and jobs. You create your own viewing schedule based on your needs. You catch up when you can, and fast forward through the boring parts! You can create your own positive experience. This goes for wrestling podcasts too. I constantly see tweets from people crying to Conrad Thompson or Bruce Prichard about how long a particular episode is or how many commercials there are. You realize this is a completely voluntary activity right? This is not life or death people. It’s just wrestling. We live in a world where you can control your entertainment consumption. Try to remember that when you bitch tweet about a 5 hour podcast that comes equipped with a pause button.

“Ugh, I miss kayfabe!”- No you fucking don’t. Somewhere along the way you have to accept the fact that this is a TV show starring actors playing a role. This past week I saw a lot of people ripping the WWE and Braun Strowman for their “Elf” parody. “How can we be invested in Braun now after this?”, some of you opined! Honestly, what does that even mean? When the Rock played a computer scorpion in “The Mummy Returns,” not once did it cross my mind about how his wrestling character would be affected. I understand the Braun thing is a little different since it was a WWE produced video, but one has nothing to do with the other! Are you that brain damaged that you can’t comprehend the same guy playing a different role on something else? It’s damn near laughable. The same people that yearn for kayfabe to return are the same people that can’t live without their 4 dozen wrestling websites. They would burst into flames without their inside scoops on all the backstage happenings. What we need from you in 2018 is for you to take a step back. Remember it’s just a show, and shows are supposed to be fun. Continuing to cling to an ancient tradition that can’t possibly exist anymore will just fuel your hate fire. Take a deep breath. Like I said before, it’s just wrestling……

This concludes Part 1 of my “End of the Year” post. Part 2 will be arriving shortly!