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!