I haven’t actually paid attention to or watched pro wrestling since I was a kid in the '90s with the Hulk Hogans and the Ultimate Warriors and such. But I do see via Twitter, this forum, and other social medias, all the nerds talking about pro wrestling due to crossover. It’s really terrific. This crossover is how I know all the good stuff that is going on in the world.
However, I have noticed something unique about pro wrestling fans that I do not notice in any other fandom or community, and it is happening here right at this instant.
For at least as long as Twitter has existed, I have only ever seen wrestling fans say negative things about WWE(F), and positive things about other organizations, especially New Japan. Those exact same wrestling fans then turn around and constantly patronize the WWE, that they profess to hate, instead of those other organizations.
Other fandoms don’t do this. When you see a music fan who claims to like one band and hate another band, they listen to the band they like. They do not listen to the band they hate. When a gamer kid says they like SONY and hate Nintendo, it means they have a PS4 at home, not a Switch. Some anime kid who likes One Piece and hates Naruto, is not watching Naruto. They aren’t cosplaying as Naruto. They aren’t buying Naruto merch. They are wearing a straw hat.
Why of all fandoms, are wrestling fans so dishonest to themselves? If they are actually patronizing WWE and excited to go see it, then just admit that it is actually good! If you like it, admit it! I want to see some tweets about how terrific it is and such. Otherwise, stop going to see it. Stop watching it on TV/Internet. Stop giving it any moneys.
From someone on the outside, wrestling fans as a group, appear to be dealing with a decade+ case of denial. Enough already!