If you're a pro wrestling fan and you express as much somewhere on the Internet, you are a part of what's known as the "Internet Wrestling Community". You didn't choose it, I know, but somehow it's just the case. Apparently, this community has a hive mind and none of you can think for yourselves, either. Anyone who speaks of you, even if they do so on the Internet, speaks of you in absolute terms and refuses to allow any diversity in thought or opinion.
So it's no surprise, really, that recently released TNA wrestler Jay Bradley is painting the "IWC" in broad strokes when speaking to BetweenTheRopes.com on Dixie Carter getting such a bad rap from fans:
"Unfortunately, I think she has become the Internet Wrestling Communities (sic) scapegoat for anything that goes wrong. How that happened, I really don't know. As far as the internet wrestling fans that are diehard in general, they are some of the most passionate people out there next to like fantasy football guys and NASCAR fans. The unfortunate thing is you do something positive, they'll give you an inch of praise. You do something slightly negative they don't like, their (sic) going to give you a mile of hate. Sometimes I don't want to say less is more, but they always can't sit back and enjoy a lot of times, they are hypercritical about things. I do think she (Carter) gets a bad rap."
I don't know how this happened or when or why but fans of wrestling are not able to express an opinion about the industry anywhere online lest they be shoehorned into this so-called "community" that has an even worse reputation than Carter.
Frankly, it's bullshit.
There are fans of every industry all over the Internet but you don't see those fans getting widely typecast as part of some community of awful people who are impossible to please. Well, that happens sometimes, but it's nonsense either which way.
Maybe, just maybe, Carter's track record sucks and fans who talk about that online are righteous in their criticism. Perhaps those fans badly want to support TNA but have a really hard time because of the many ridiculously dumb decisions Carter has made.
An inch of praise? Go see what fans were saying about Daniel Bryan's turn on Bray Wyatt at Monday Night Raw. He was being compared to the greatest of all time and those same fans were overlooking some incredibly short-sighted booking to give props where they were due.
Actually, some weren't. Some were still upset about the way the story was told. And that right there tells you everything you need to know. Some enjoyed it, some didn't. It wouldn't be fair to simply say the "community" felt one way or another because you steal the individual's voice when you do that.
So let's stop that shit, please.
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