Wrestling has never really been the “cool” thing to like, aside from its Attitude Era in the late 90s.
The WWE is looked at by many as nothing but “fake”. And the second you mention wrestling to someone who is not a fan, they’ll make sure to tell you how fake it is as if they think you’re clueless to the scripted nature of the WWE (and wrestling in general).
But what else is scripted? The shows you binge on netflix, the movie series you obsess over. There truly is no reason why those types of programs are acceptable but watching wrestling gets one so judged.
It is World Wrestling ENTERTAINMENT. We watch to feel entertained and to get that same addicted feeling that comes from watching your favorite TV show.
The difference with my favorite TV program is that it features men and women putting their bodies and honestly, their lives, on the line to make fans feel entertained. And those fans are the sold out crowds and millions of viewers around the world.
Scripted? Yes. Fake? No. The injuries are real and the moves are real as well, even if the impact on one’s opponent isn’t always real.
I grew up with wrestling and it got me through tough teenage years.
But now as a 23 year old adult it means more than it ever has. It unites me with family members, it unites me with friends, it unites me with people on the internet that I don’t even know.
It is also a much needed escape from reality in the same way that shows, movies, books, and sports are an escape for stressed out adults.
I am proud to say that I am extremely thankful for wrestling or “wrasslin'” if you will. I watch every Monday that I can, I watch the monthly specials, I watch the WWE’s own version of Netflix, I’m also currently reading an autobiography of one of the greatest wrestling legends.
My brother loves it, my boyfriend and his sister and brother in law love it, I have friends who love it, and I follow people on twitter just because they love it.
Wrestling has become way more than some scripted show for me. And while it’s annoying that people find the need to bash it or poke fun, that no longer stops me from letting everyone know how much I love it.
I can’t wait to buy one of WWE’s latest tshirts for one of the biggest superstars in the industry (AJ Styles) and wear it proudly!
Love what you love and never feel shame. I love wrestling and there’s no reason for me to let critics take it away from me.