I am not ashamed at all to be a lifelong wrestling fan. I’ve watched pro wrestling all my life… ever since I was a little child and my love pro wrestling never stopped. I’m still a fan and still watch obsessively even to this day. I remember in the 80’s everybody respected wrestling ’cause that was back in the days when everyone thought it was real but then the WWF/WWE lost its respect once they noticed that wrestling is “fake” and “scripted”.
The WWE was pretty hot in the Golden Era… that was back in the days of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Jake Roberts, Shawn Michaels, etc. were all around. That’s when everybody in the world loved wrestling but like I said above people started to lose interest around the time people started to notice it was fake. The people also started to lose interest in the WWE over Vince’s steroid trial back in the day.
The WWE got pretty hot once again once the Attitude Era came around thanks to the legendary Austin vs. McMahon feud that helped put the WWE on the map again. It stayed like that for a while but when the Ruthless Aggression era came in the 2000’s years, people started to lose interest some more due to its edgy storylines and controversial content.
Not only that, the real life tragic incident of Chris Benoit of where he killed his wife and kid and then himself after. There are other reasons why people continued to lose interest in wrestling… the Hulk Hogan sex tape is another one, all that Gawker stuff turned people off and the WWE continuing to do shows in Saudi Arabia.
Like always, the WWE continue to struggle in the ratings ’cause the writing, the booking of matches can’t get any better. The WWE continues to suck creatively and they don’t give us good wrestling anymore like they used to.
Whenever fans like myself continue to watch wrestling, I always get judged and criticized for it… it’s like, “Why do you watch that garbage? It’s so fake…” I try to talk wrestling online like my blogs and social media pages and nobody cares most of the time. The only people that cares are other wrestling fans that are out there whether they are “marks” or “smart fans”, I’m cool with either one. “Marks” are the type of fans who believe wrestling is real.
We all know that pro wrestling is “fake” and “scripted”… we aren’t stupid, duh. We watch because it’s fun. We find it entertaining as hell seeing good guys and bad guys going at it in the ring. It’s all theater. That’s what it all is pretty much.
And is wrestling fake like they all say it is? They’re not really hurting each other in the ring sure but one thing that wrestling haters will never admit that it takes a lot of physicality in their bodies to do what they do. There’s nothing fake about jumping off the top turn buckle of the ring and landing on announcer tables. There’s nothing fake about all that high flying stuff they do. Plus, it takes a lot of training and skill to become a wrestler which takes a lot of physicality…. so in reality, pro wrestling that we see on TV today is a sport whether you want to admit that or not.
Yes, “injuries” can happen for real as many stars over the years were forced to take time off of performing to heal up. Injuries can happen by accident ’cause these wrestlers are real people and real human beings, there’s nothing fake about that either. Ya know, another thing to think about… all these wrestling legends can’t wrestle anymore ’cause they got too burnt out over the years of wrestling and plus too many injuries. The Undertaker can’t wrestle full time anymore. Undertaker only wrestles like once or twice a year ’cause his body can’t take a full time schedule anymore. He had too many injuries and surgeries over the years. Same with Hulk Hogan… I know how fans want Hogan to have one last match but unfortunately it’s looking it’s never gonna happen ’cause of his bad back and he just had his 10th back surgery not too long ago. Sting who is from WCW, it looks like his wrestling career is just about done ’cause of his bad neck… although it seems he does want to wrestle some more in the future. Shawn Michaels aka HBK, he can’t wrestle ’cause of a bad back. There were wrestlers over the years who were forced to retire ’cause of a serious injury like Paige for example.
Okay, I think you get my point now. Wrestling maybe fake but not all of it.
I watch wrestling because I just respect the hell out of what they do. I’m not one to sit here and hate this wrestler and hate that wrestler. I’m not that kind of guy. I love and respect them all… even the ones that everybody hates. They sacrificed so much just to entertain fans in arenas and stadiums all over the world. Leaving their real life behind so they can perform for us, they don’t get much respect for that when they should. Giving all their blood, sweat and tears for what they do.
While I think the WWE is an amazing company, I’m not so picky when it comes to wrestling companies I support them all and try to watch them all as much as I can. I just love pro wrestling, ya know? I support it all ’cause they need it and they deserve it. When TNA Impact was on TV, I used to watch them a lot… I also try to watch ROH on TV when I can. I’ve also been watching a lot of old school WCW Nitro on the WWE Network still. I’ve watched a lot of Japan wrestling too.
Wrestling is awesome. I don’t know why people hate it so much. I almost wanted to become a wrestler myself but I can’t ’cause of my scoliosis… I can enjoy wrestling as a fan, though. What these people do is pretty amazing.
I’m not ashamed to be a wrestling fan and I’ll never grow out of it. It’s just a blast. It’s fun to watch it on TV but even more fun seeing it living in person, though. That’s why they do what they do… they want us to have fun and it’s why they are called “entertainers”.