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Malcolm Gladwell's Melrose Place fandom a lesson for WWE fans

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Plus, Week 42 of the Wrestler Wrankings!

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Malcolm Gladwell is the premier pop-intellectual of our time. His long-running presence in The New Yorker is always interesting. His books are anticipated events that both inform and entertain. He's smart, affable, and presents engrossing arguments. His media appearances are generally thought provoking and worth seeking out.

One such appearance was this week on on The Bill Simmons Podcast. The whole show is worth listening to, but one part stood out. At 50:09, Simmons and Gladwell are discussing television shows as cultural events and bemoaning the demise of the American monoculture.

To summarize, Simmons mentions how much he enjoyed The OC. Unprompted, Gladwell brings up Melrose Place as an example of a bad/failing show and then immediately distances himself from it.

Over the next few minutes, Gladwell proceeds to reluctantly out himself as someone in the Top 1% of Melrose Place superfandom.

There's nothing wrong with loving Melrose Place. Why the hesitation? Why the shame? For all the research Gladwell trumpets on population trends and proclivities, you'd think he's be more at ease with his own entertainment preferences.

This whole exchange reminded me of the relationship that many people, especially mature grownups, have with professional wrestling.

There are a ton of adult wrestling fans. The financial success of WWE is proof positive of that fact. But there are few mainstream adults that openly identify as such.

The fact that you're reading this suggests that you are a wrestling fan. Don't live your life in fear, like Malcolm Gladwell does. Wear your fandom as loud as you'd like! And if there's anything else in this world that you're passionate about, don't hesitate to express your zeal, especially if the topic is broached.

By all means strive to be like Malcolm Gladwell. Get your thoughts on the best seller list and become a trusted thinker in the public eye. Just don't live in fear of being judged for your choice in entertainment.

Oh and Malcolm, it's ok. Aaron Spelling was a freaking genius.

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wrankings

OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA

ANY WIN = 2 POINTS

US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS

NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X

SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS

WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS

The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 31 and culminates with WrestleMania 32. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!

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Monday Night Raw-- 12/21/15

  • Kevin Owens - 2 points (win)
  • Dean Ambrose - 2 points (win)
  • Rusev - 2 points (win)
  • Alberto Del Rio - 2 points (win)
  • Kane - 2 points (win)
  • Main Event-- 12/22/15

  • Jack Swagger - 2 points (win)
  • Bo Dallas - 2 points (win)
  • Tyler Breeze - 2 points (win)
  • Smackdown-- 12/24/15

  • Dean Ambrose - 3 points (IC title bout, win)
  • Kevin Owens - 1 point (IC title bout, win)
  • Dolph Ziggler - 1 point (IC title bout, win)
  • Monday Night Raw-- 12/28/15

  • John Cena - 3 points (US title bout, win)
  • Alberto Del Rio - 1 points (US title bout, no win)
  • Ryback - 2 points (win)
  • Neville - 2 points (win)
  • Big E - 2 points (win)
  • Kalisto - 2 points (win)
  • Main Event-- 12/29/15

  • Jack Swagger - 2 points (win)
  • R-Truth - 2 points (win)
  • Titus O'neil - 2 points (win)
  • Smackdown-- 12/31/15

  • Dolph Ziggler - 2 points (win)
  • Tyler Breeze - 2 points (win)
  • Monday Night Raw-- 1/4/16

  • Roman Reigns - 5 points (WWEWH title bout, win)
  • Sheamus - 3 points (WWEWH title bout, no win)
  • Titus O'neil - 2 points (win)
  • Ryback - 2 points (win)
  • Kevin Owens - 2 points (win)
  • Heath Slater - 2 points (win)
  • Main Event-- 1/5/16

  • Titus O'Neil - 2 points (win)
  • Tyler Breeze - 2 points (win)
  • Smackdown-- 1/7/16

  • Kevin Owens - 3 points (IC title bout, win)
  • Dean Ambrose - 1 point (IC title bout, no win)
  • Kalisto - 2 points (win)
  • Monday Night Raw-- 1/11/16

  • Kalisto - 3 points (US title bout, win)
  • Alberto Del Rio - 1 point (US title bout, no win)
  • Titus O'neil - 2 points (win)
  • Main Event-- 1/12/16

  • Stardust - 2 points (win)
  • Smackdown-- 1/14/16

  • Alberto Del Rio - 3 points (US title bout, win)
  • Kalisto - 1 point (US title bout, no win)
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    WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 42 *TOP TEN*

    1. Roman Reigns -- 98 points

    2. Seth Rollins -- 92

    3. Ryback -- 82

    4. John Cena -- 74.5

    5. Kevin Owens -- 72

    6. Sheamus -- 68

    T7. Dean Ambrose -- 67

    T7. Neville -- 67

    9. Dolph Ziggler -- 46.5

    10. Rusev -- 41

    Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!