Why are people ashamed to call themselves wrestling fans?

Posted on May 22, 2011

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If you read my last blog, you would have heard some of the reasons why I love being a wrestling fan (And if you haven’t, why not?). I would hope that it also made you think about why you like or dislike wrestling or at the very least you enjoyed the ride. But hopefully what I got across in my last blog is that I am proud of being a wrestling fan. But why isn’t everyone else?

I’m not gunna lie to you; there have been times of my life where I wouldn’t have dared to admit to my deep love of wrestling. During a certain period of your life where you are a teenager, you are trapped into thinking that you have to disregard everything you liked when you were slightly younger and start to like the things that everyone else likes, to be more “adult”. But the teenage years are all about learning, and I eventually learnt that you can like whatever you want. My philosophy in life is do whatever makes you happy, unless it’s hurting someone else. Eventually I learnt to not be ashamed of wrestling fandom. But why are people ashamed?

Chris Jericho said in an interview with The Sun, which is available here, that there is a stigma attached to wrestling, and people think that “wrestlers are Neanderthals who can’t string two words together”. What he says is true. To the non-wrestling fan, wrestlers are just stupid people on steroids whose profession is “fake”. That comes up a lot. It’s not fake, it’s scripted. There’s a difference that I can’t be bothered to go into. That could be one reason why some people hide in the shadows, and don’t admit to anyone that they love to watch a “fake” sport. Also another one I get all the time is “All they do is talk”. Of course they talk a lot, it’s called sports entertainment. It’s supposed to create a story behind the matches. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that it’s a contact sport with men in their pants. Maybe it’s something people at a certain age don’t like to admit to in case they are teased.

Part-time wrestling fans are always interested in current wrestling results whenever they can get them without being chastised for it. Maybe, with time and a lot of maturing, it is something that people can admit to and not be ashamed of. I know that was the case with me. Or maybe it’s just a social thing. I mean you wouldn’t admit how much of a wrestling fan you are to someone on your first date, would you…?

But whatever the case may be, if you are a wrestling fan, don’t be ashamed. There are millions of people in the world who feel just like you 🙂

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