You know what really grinds my gears?
by, 10-20-2012 at 02:28 PM (3908 Views)
"You know what really grinds my gears? Cynical wrestling fans .. why don't they get with the freaking program. It's called a wrestling show folks, no need to get your panties in a twist, just enjoy the show, stop taking it out on other people... And that, is what grinds my gears... Back to you Tom."
I had been contemplating a way in which to vent my own frustrations of professional wrestling, in a more comical way then the average fan.
For those who are fans of Family Guy, you are freaking "sweet", and you should give yourself a pat on the back. Anyone else who seemingly has no clue at what "Grinds my gears" even means, should just go away now, as you more then likely have no sense of humour.
This entry might be a one time thing, or it might even be a series. Who knows? Who really cares? Maybe I should just get on with my blog? If you really insist.. then here goes.
Cynical wrestling fans of today.
I have been watching wrestling a long time, and as wrestling changed, so did the fanbase. In the old days, people didn't care whether someone bumped properly, whether a move was botched, or even if a gimmick was completely ridiculous, the majority would just sit and watch .. and well .. enjoy it.
So you might be one of those people .. who is thinking .. what does Cynical mean?
- Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.
- Doubtful as to whether something will happen or is worthwhile.
Maybe you have seen these so called wrestling fans? They prey on other fans like vultures. They want to suck all the fun out of anything they can, they want to say everything sucks (Or just one company) and seem to believe that by wasting their own time saying these things, that it will make a difference.
NEWS FLASH: People of all races, creeds and ages actually sit down and watch wrestling, without any complaining whatsoever. There are many different types of cynical fan. Lets elaborate on these types of people shall we?
"This company sucks" fan - WWE sucks because of PG! TNA sucks because of Hogan and former WWE guys! ROH sucks because no one cares! Every other company but WWE sucks because ... well ... it just does, Ok?
"The old and grumpy" fan - Back in my day wrestling was good! They focused on matches... Back in my day wrestling was good, because it was edgy and cool ... Back in my day we had real characters, we had real storylines!
"The master booker of the ages" fan - Well I think the wrestling sucked tonight, because they didn't do this, and they didn't do that, and they didn't put him up against him, and this match should have been this, and this match should have ended like that, and I should have just booked the whole darn thing because it would have been awesome, and no one else can tell me otherwise!
"Bring back this guy" fan - Well wrestling sucks now because he retired, they should bring him back anyway, he was awesome. I can't like anyone else now because my fave of all time got fired ... I'll just keep complaining about it and hopefully they get him/her back.
"They should completely cut out all promos and have matches" fan - Wrestling would be so awesome if it was just matches all the time, with no silly segments in-between. We will still really care about the wrestler's and the matches, even if we don't know anything about the wrestler, or even if there is no feud. We will just sit here and watch two guys I don't know beat each other up... Wait a minute... that sounds familiar...
"Bring back this stable because it was so awesome and cool" fan - Bring back the Four Horsemen! Bring back the nWo! Bring back the Nexus? Bring back all the awesome stables that made wrestling what it used to be. I don't care if most of the original group is retired or dead, just stick some randoms in there and it will be fine. People will totally buy it! Please believe me...
"I will destroy all people who do not accept my delusional ideas and rants" fan - I WILL KEEP TALKING LIKE THIS BECAUSE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EVEN IF MY IDEAS SOUND COMPLETELY ILLOGICAL TO YOU YOU SHOULD ACCEPT THEM AS AWESOME OR I SHALL CAPS LOCK YOU TO DEATH!
Maybe by now you are grasping the concept of what this type of blog involves. First of all, the wrestling business has changed dramatically over the last fifteen years, specially since the Internet really took off, and more people could afford to have it in their homes.
We have online communities where people discuss the complex in ring psychology of every wrestler, and every wrestler is put through a process where they are judged on whether or not they can "wrestle" accordingly.
I really really hate the term "Marks or Smarks", what ever happened to just calling people wrestling fans? Its this labeling that constitutes to a division among fans, from the purely casual, general fans, to the hardcore super smarks who know every detail about everything.
As someone who generally knows a lot about wrestling, due to a big interest on the history of it, people often misjudge my replies to them as condescending, like I am talking down to them because I know things they don't. In reality it is a matter of educating the masses, and hopefully the fan sees it as me helping them to not look foolish in the future. Other times though it leads to the fan doing a Hulk Hogan, and they begin to "Hulk" up by threatening me with violence over a computer because they simply can't stand to be corrected.
When my grandma was alive, she used the typical cliche statement on me when I was young. "If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all".
This should be a premise taken on by wrestling fans too, but we know that people in general need a vessel to unleash their fury among the unexpected. They have problems in their own lives, and hate on wrestling and its fans in order to vent their frustrations.
I do see good fans though. True, passionate wrestling fans, who when they see something they don't like, they let you know, but in a way that makes sense. They will go out of their way to explain why they don't like something, and what they would suggest is better, without writing up blog after blog of what an episode "could" have been, which usually ends up as scrambled garbage that people don't understand.
Being a cynical A-hole, makes you view anything and everything as crap. And when you view everything as crap, you have to take a good look at yourself and wonder ... if I really hate this so much, why am I watching it? Why do I continue to watch and comment on it? Why do I let myself get so worked up?
Take a lesson from South Park. When things get you down, stick with what you know, but find something to ease the pain. Even if it means you don't actually watch wrestling every now and then, you might come back to it and appreciate the good things a little more.
If all you see when you watch wrestling is a big steaming turd, then you know cynicism has taken over. You should stop watching, reading, and commenting about wrestling. Do something you enjoy, just remember that when you are ready, wrestling will still be here. Wrestling is in a slump, we all know that, it doesn't mean you have to suffer with it, and make everyone else suffer because you can't handle the fact that it sucks.
And that is what really grinds my gears. Hope you enjoyed all the good things about my blog, instead of .. well .. you know?