"I enjoy pro wrestling" it's something I can say proudly...online behind a username. Truth be told, I would probably admit it if I was prodded by a friend or co-worker. Girlfriend or potential girlfriends? Ummm
probably definitely not. I'm not ashamed of it, it just rarely comes up, and if it does never so in a way I warrant it worth defending.
I was watching Ken Burns' "Baseball" the other day, and someone mentioned that in the early days of baseball, although it was popular, the players, and folks who associated with them were still looked at as outlaws. It wasn't a social norm to make a living like that and adoring them seemed to be beneath many. I feel this holds true in wrestling today, not only to the wrestlers (with good enough past history to warrant the worry) and their associates, but also to us fans. Although we are somewhat more accepting of a society today, there is still a stigma that wrestling fans are dimwits who truly believe the product as legit.
I really do enjoy this site for various reasons, but I think one of the best reasons is seeing how people view wrestling. From commenting, or just watching various comments, it's become clear to me; we don't all watch wrestling for the same reasons or view it the same. I don't think that anyone is right, I don't think that anyone is wrong, and if you caught Vince's "Creative Genius" comment the other night, you'll know just how much you really mean to him. Secretly or maybe not so secretly I think WWE takes great pride in showing that they don't really give a shit about us, and that it is them in charge. That attitude can fuel you to actually enjoy the product more when they do something you like. I bring this up because I truly don't really think it matters who's right, who's wrong, or what should entertain you, because ultimately they are in control anyway. It's like getting mad at a book, change it or fall asleep when you don't like it.
I suppose I'm more of a casual fan, although I do watch Raw every week and Smackdown quite a bit as well. After watching the CM Punk bio though I realized there was a huge world of wrestling out there that I am not in any way connected to. Hats off to people who are at that level of fandom and participation, I think that sort of passion is amazing. So I can certainly see why it means more to certain people fans, wrestlers, or otherwise.
I stated this in a comment in a separate post earlier, I watch wrestling to shut my brain off. I can giggle at something like CM Punk calling the locals "idiots", I enjoy secretly wondering if a guy really got hurt even though I know he more than likely didn't. I shut my brain off for other activities in life as well, I just don't associate it the same because the social stigma isn't there. I watched "The Dark Knight Rises" the other day, and was impressed by the story, characters, and flow of the movie (albeit about a half hour too long). Now no one is going to wonder if I'm an idiot because I watch a movie where cartoon characters are portrayed by muscular men and sexy ladies with a predetermined outcome, wait that sounds familiar. I guess the point of this rambling post is that I guess it doesn't matter why you like wrestling, it's just interesting why we are here and what it does for you.