Pro Wrestling Critics, Pro Wrestling Fans, and Ironic Nonsense

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Once again non-pro wresting people have a problem with the business. The non-pro wrestling people in question shall remain nameless; the last thing they need is more free publicity. But while fans counter online, and many get all kinds of upset in the process, the real point is getting lost.

People just don’t understand. That’s the whole truth of it. Despite what anyone says, it’s okay that people don’t understand. Non-NBA fans don’t understand the league and what it’s all about, and the same is true of any major sport.

Of course pro wrestling is not a real sport. Those non-believers will be the first to scream that as loud as they can. The fact that those people are so adamant about making their point is a bit concerning; why are they so crazy worried about a business that’s not even “real?”

Again, they just don’t understand. It’s not enough that fans try to explain the business by comparing it to Hollywood. How many times does an audience go to the movie theater, only to come out complaining that no one was really killed in the film? “Oh, they’re just actors; they’re not really hitting each other. It’s all fake.”

That’s not happening, because it’s ludicrous. Of course it’s ludicrous. Everyone knows that good films tell great stories; that’s their purpose. Pro wrestling fans know that in-ring talents tell great stories as well, but that’s not the same thing?

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Anyone that’s not a fan of the business just shakes their head. “What is this nonsense? Why is this even happening? Pro wrestlers are all on drugs anyway, and none of them are tough in real life. It’s all scripted.” Again, the Hollywood comparisons exist but they’re not getting through.

The funny part about all of it is that fans have lived with those arrogant opinions from the very beginning. What’s even funnier is that WWE is to blame for those opinions growing stronger as the years go by. The direct result of telling the world that the business is a work was greater acceptance, but also stronger opposition.

Letting everyone in on the secret made it easier to be a fan. The ones that stuck around after WWE made the announcement truly loved the business, and those that came on board perhaps did so because it became cool. In both cases, fans no longer had to hide their passion for pro wrestling. It was no longer about whether or not guys truly hated each other. It was about the athleticism involved, and the stories that were being told.

But empowering the critics has only brought more grief for fans. Those fans feel the need to constantly defend pro wrestling, which becomes a bit silly after a while. Doesn’t too much reaction lend an even more powerful voice to the opposition?

Fans defend a business that was built on lying to them in order to get money. While every diehard fan knows this, many still feel the need to have shouting matches over it. When that happens, any argument that comes out of it is pointless.

Non-fans are not going to change their minds about the business. The same is true for the majority of pro wrestling fans. So everyone is at an impasse. The only thing fans know is that they’re ticked off, and they’re sick of hearing it. But the fun isn’t over yet.

When someone insults the business, fans band together. Even wrestlers online go on the attack. Everyone is going to war on one guy, and that guy is enjoying a ton of free spotlight as a result. By trying to defend the business they love, fans do nothing but give their accuser a tremendous amount of free press.

That accuser gets over and gets heat with everyone that’s ever loved pro wrestling. It’s a win for him. He’s an arrogant bum with a holier-than-thou attitude, but it’s still a win. Fans are left rattled, but convinced they’re right. So in the end, what is really gained by replying at all?

But fans have to respond. There’s just no way around it. There’s strength in numbers, and every fan knows that. So not only is unity in play here, but so is the opportunity to show respect for the business. That’s a win as well.

The fact is that arrogance is everlasting, and ignorance is bliss. When the two collide, everything falls to pieces. It’s okay that non-pro wrestling fans don’t understand pro wrestling. It’s also okay that pro wrestling fans defend pro wrestling.

But none of it is okay at the same time. It’s an insane bunch of nonsense on both sides, and maybe that is the point after all.

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