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Grinds My Gears: Worked Up Wrestling Fans

Edan Nissen
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The internet has birthed a community of people that are almost unbelievably entitled and in no fandom is that as obvious as it is in the wrestling community
The internet has birthed a community of people that are almost unbelievably entitled and in no fandom is that as obvious as it is in the wrestling community

We, as wrestling fans, live in a generation of "Smarks" and "know-it-alls". Wrestling fans who reject traditional heel-baby face dynamics, who love no selling spots, and hate the promoter backed favorite, we prefer the bad-ass face, thinking that the performer's edginess makes us cool by extension.

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We are the generation that loved the Attitude Era for giving us Stone Cold Steve Austin but ignores that it also gave us Perry Saturn's love of a Mop, Al Snow's manikin head, and Mae Young gives birth to a hand.

The internet has birthed a community of people that are almost unbelievably entitled and in no fandom is that as obvious as it is in the wrestling community.

It's created a fandom of people who will pay for a hearsay version of "news" to get the inside scoop, which is regurgitated over and over again by a variety of Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and YouTube accounts run by wrestling "experts".


The Crux


Wrestling fans, by and large, are typified as stupid. Mainly because we have suspended our disbelief to allow the WWF and various other promotions to entertain us with mindless child humor and unbelievable gimmicks.

From the internet generalization of fans, it mainly seems to be correct, especially in the internet age of fans.

Every internet wrestling fan wants to know behind the curtains and prefers a dramatized version of events then what is more likely to be real because it matches the product we see on TV.

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In every Internet wrestling fan's eyes, Vince McMahon is seen as a man who has strange fetishes and cannot relate to regular human beings. He takes pleasure out of screwing people out of money and is genuinely a terrible human being.

The reason we have this image is that it matches the character that we saw on TV during the Attitude Era, the one that fought to keep our beloved Stone Cold Steve Austin down.

The one who kept the small guy down, who didn't recognize the talent of our favorite wrestlers when he was on their roster, the guy that didn't know how to book a wrestling show and only stole talent his entire life.

We prefer to believe the CM Punk pipebomb version of reality because it's more fun to believe that we were given a peek behind the curtain, and the glimpse matched up with what we had previously seen on TV.


What do we do next?

First off, we need to take a breath and try not getting yourself "worked into a shoot".

Wrestling fans need to understand to enjoy wrestling without taking itself so seriously. Take the most recent story heading into Wrestlemania with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey.

Becky Lynch has become the most popular wrestler in the WWE off late, and the crowd has well and truly gotten behind her in a way that they seemingly haven't gotten behind anyone since the days of Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Monday Night Raw featured a segment where Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch in the Wrestlemania match against Ronda Rousey with Charlotte Flair.


Becky Lynch took to Twitter after the show to complain to her millions of loyal marks, I mean fans and complained about the decision.

The response in the replies has been laughable. The number of people who have been worked up into thinking that this is anything other than an angle and a story-line to get the main event of Wrestlemania to be Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte vs Becky Lynch.

Fans have forgotten that Mr.McMahon is human outside of the character that he plays in the WWE.

He is playing a character, one that he has played for 20 years during his time in the WWE, and has gone up against faces like Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and The Rock. It's strange that the "smartest" generation of wrestling fans still cannot tell the difference between a work and a shoot.

Also, an added note for all those fans stating that Lynch should leave the WWE for AEW. It begs the questions of why Lynch would leave the biggest wrestling company in the world, where she has one of the hottest angles in the world, in a program where she is working with the top talent in the business, to leave for AEW.

While All Elite has built themselves into a position where they will perhaps become the biggest wrestling promotion in the world, they are not there yet.

Everyone gets angry at story-lines should remember that they are essentially getting worked up about a TV show. Imagine issuing death threats to the producers of Game of Thrones because your favorite character was killed off, or wasn't included in an episode. At the end of the day wrestling, especially in WWE, is a scripted and directed television show, and some people really need that perspective to be reinforced to them.

Disclaimer: All the opinions expressed in the article belong to the writer and doesn't necessarily represent Sportskeeda's stand.

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Edan Nissen
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Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Moved to the Middle East. Writes about Cricket and Pro-Wrestling. He has previously written for WhatCulture and The Roar. Now works as a cricket analyst and is currently training to be a professional wrestler.
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