Wrestling is fake. I’ll give you a minute to process that shocking piece of information that surely shook the very foundation of your reality. Breathe into a paper bag if necessary.
Ya good? Okay.
Wrestling is in a tough spot in terms of storytelling. A person goes into a scripted television…
Spot on! Here’s my only beef:
Casual fans can sit back and watch the show like I wish I could, but it takes a different approach to get those jaded fans to feel something when watching wrestling.
I completely understand the point you intended in your article, where a casual fan can, hypothetically, get sucked into the entertainment of the spectacle without the fact-checking, the consideration, the snobby-ness. In that regard, yes, I agree and wish I could, in all its genuine glory, appreciate the three hours of storyline based programming we are presented on cable TV a week.
However, I suppose my contention to this part is more of a question: do you think it’s possible to appreciate the show in this way and still enjoy someone like CM Punk? Chris Jehrico? Even, to a lesser extent, R Truth? I’ve met a few people while in touring bands that also appreciate wrestling, and, somehow, they have all been the type of fan that we’re discussing right now, and they HATE those guys. They, literally, don’t “get” them (in whatever sense of the word that is supposed to mean?). The exact quote regarding CM Punk (this was in March) was, “he talks too much, it’s boring.”
My friend John has run into the same issue. He met someone at a bar that was a wrestling fan, but the conversation capsized when he started describing his favorite wrestlers as Punk, etc. The other person didn’t get it, and that was it.
Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong to dislike someone like Punk, but I’ve sorta always liked the bad guys and wanted them to win. Since I began watching in ‘97, and Bret Hart launched his anti-America campaign, I was hooked. Maybe hooked for the reasons spelled out in this article, but that love led me to where I am today, internet be damned.
I’m having trouble reaching my point, and I’m in no way trying to argue with your article since this was just a very minute part of it, but I guess what I’m trying to say is in many ways, I am happy being just a little bit more than a casual fan.