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The Term "Mark:" Have We Been Using It Wrong?

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Hey again folks. Here we go with yet another chapter of the most sporadic writer of all time, Chris Masterpiece.

Let's get right to it. Brock Lesnar's return is big. Hell, it's huge. And everyone's talking about it, both the good and the bad. And here's where we find our topic.

I was watching some highlights from this past RAW and saw that one of the comments said something along these lines:

"Look that these marks booing Lesnar. He should be cheered, because he's a badass legend!"

That got me thinking: Does booing a respected and over heel make you a mark?

Let's think about this. I'm not going to deny for a second that Lesnar isn't a great athlete, because let's face it - he is. Going from dominating the WWE to dominating UFC is no small feat. Dana White took a big chance signing him, and (at least in my opinion) it paid off big time. Lesnar was a huge draw in every fight he competed in, win or lose. Now he's back in the 'E, and he's no less of an attraction. People want to see him, for better or worse. It's this mindset that leads some "insiders" to believe that booing him is a "mark move." But that's not it at all.

I'm going to say it right out, I'm not a Lesnar fan. I think he's cocky and kind of an ass (this isn't some super-professional blog, whaddaya want?). And I boo him. Do I want to see him on tv? Absolutely. Do I like to see him feud? Hell yes. Do I enjoy seeing him lose, as rare as that is? Definitely. And does that make me a mark? Sure, maybe I mark-out a bit, but I still understand what I'm watching. How many of us marked-out when they announced Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania 28? Does that make you a chump? Not at all.

I think that there's a negative connotation with the whole "mark" thing that's a little bit undeserved. Rather than looking at it like "Oh well this guy's a mark, he must have no idea what's he really watching," we should take it more at face value. For instance, "I know my shit, but that doesn't mean I can't have fun watching it." My little brothers (9, 13) really enjoy watching WWE and have their favorite Superstars, some face and some heel. And they have fun watching RAW and Smackdown, even Superstars and NXT. Not because they want to see how guys are going to be buried or pushed, or to see how feuds are going to progress, but because they just plain like wrestling.

Here's the bottom line, guys: It's fine to know the insides-and-out of the biz, but let's not forget to just sit back and have some fun with it too.

That's all for now, see ya guys next time!

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  1. RomanFlare's Avatar
    To answer your original thought: Hellz naw. Then again, I boo Lesnar because of what he represents: Vince and the WWE on a Legends Crutch. To be quite honest, I'd actually consider anyone who cheers Lesnar to be the mark, here.
  2. FunkyKong's Avatar
    You can boo him and not be a mark. He sucks
  3. lord flasheart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RomanFlare
    To answer your original thought: Hellz naw. Then again, I boo Lesnar because of what he represents: Vince and the WWE on a Legends Crutch. To be quite honest, I'd actually consider anyone who cheers Lesnar to be the mark, here.
    Doesn't matter if you boo or cheer him. You're a mark either way just by reacting to him and are willing to keep tabs on his progress. I don't get why a lot of internet experts like to overanalyze the definition when it's a fairly simple term used back since the carnival days.
  4. Mojo Tartarus's Avatar
    Mark was originally a term used for all wrestling fans, it has since evolved to mean fans that still believe it to be real and not scripted. It can also mean someone in the business who can't differentiate between their 'gimmick' and 'real life!' These are the actual meanings of mark any other usage, is generally by smart arses who try to think of themselves as superior to other wrestling fans because they go against the status quo or they don't like things that other fans do!
    Updated 04-29-2012 at 07:32 AM by Mojo Tartarus
  5. Parallax's Avatar
    I wrote a blog about the term "mark" some time ago. And how it's become wrestling's version of the "N-word". I've grown to dislike the word at this point. Mostly because people use it as an insult, because they are too dumb to realize they are marks as well.

    Nice post.
  6. B-ri's Avatar
    I agree, the term "Mark" is pointless as an insult. Fair enough, I may understand more than just the average wrestling fan but at the end of the day it's wrestler's jobs to get us to "Mark -out" as such as they are entertainers. Did I go mental for Mania? Yes! Will I continue to boo/cheer/laugh/sit in amazement? Yes! They are there to entertain and that is how it should be seen. Entertainment.
  7. The Hipster's Avatar
    I hate Lesner. Period.
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