Professional wrestling: Why does it keep you coming back for more?

Posted on May 21, 2011

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Considering you will be ingesting my opinion, I thought I better let you know why you shouldn’t just leave now. My personal history of being a wrestling fan starts at about the age of 9 and a half. I knew little bits about wrestling before that, but only what I had heard. Every boy in my class liked wrestling, and I suppose subconsciously I wanted to fit in (Peer pressure eh?).

The first wrestling event I ever watched was the 2001 Royal Rumble. I know that’s quite late. I know I missed WWE’s prime years. But unfortunately I didn’t have Sky, and could only watch wrestling on channel four (which was rare, just some pay-per-views and WWF Heat). When my obsession got more serious, I back tracked and caught up with everything I missed (But you never TRULY catch up). Now it’s just a natural part of my life. It’s a habit. I can’t comprehend not watching it, keeping track, being a fan.

But what I have always wanted to know is, why? Why is wrestling enjoyable? Why does it bring me back week after week, even when it’s at its worst? The thing about humans is we rarely do something unless we get something out of it. When we do something, we might regret it and get annoyed at ourselves for it but there is always a reason why we did it in the first place. So why wrestling?

I know what I love about wrestling; unique characters, great wrestling matches and how those two things interact. But to be honest, a lot of the time I criticise it. I see opportunities that are wasted, terrible decisions made, and this is why I wanted to write this blog; to vent. But then that begs the question, why do I put myself through this? Having to blog to you fine people about how much the WWE infuriates me with its decisions, when I could simply stop watching it?

That’s because I love it. It entertains me, gives me something to do, something to keep track of. I like to see wrestlers come and go, predict who I think will make it to the world title and who won’t. For moments like when The Rock returned, and matches like The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels. That’s why I watch it, that’s why I will probably never stop. Wrestling is always there for me, there for me to criticise, question and talk down to at its worst and love, enjoy and entertain at its best. It never stops giving you something, good or bad. But that’s just me, what about you?

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