It's been a long time but I am finally getting all the opinions together and setting up the second fan interaction post of the year. These posts are always fun because it allows me to let you all have the spotlight and state your opinions as oppose to you always having to read about mine. Recently, I have been thinking up ideas for fan interaction posts I could do later on in the year so you will be seeing more to come later this year. But for now here is the question for this one:
Question: What made you become a wrestling fan and why do you keep coming back to wrestling?
Attitude of Aggression: What made me a wrestling fan? Man, when I was like 12, we did not have the Internet or anything. I remember a kid in class brought in The Wrestler and PWI for like a Show and Tell and I looked through the magazines and I was hooked. All those larger than life characters. Good guys, bad guys, blood, gold...what was there not to like? The pageantry was so over the top and once I started watching it....I was hooked. I remember watching WWF and Georgia Championship Wrestling and despite the very different styles, I was a lifelong fan. Why do I keep coming back? Look, I get as frustrated with the current product, at times, as anyone. But all that stuff that appealed to me when I was a kid...it is all still there! Pro wrestling is the purest form of theater there is with the added element of physicality. It is a live action movie that is right in your face...and those men and women only get one take. I love it for the stories, for the athleticism, and because unlike so many other mediums it almost always delivers at least a few moments, every week, that make you smile.
DWI Podcast: As a kid the larger than life characters along with the athleticism. Wild storylines and crazy promos. The continuing story and production value of WWE keeps me coming back!
Sam: I started watching wrestling because it was a way to bond with my brother. I keep coming back because it always been a part of my life. I can’t imagine my life without wrestling in it.
Through the Ropes Wrestling: "It's probably the same story as a good majority of fans, WWE was what got me started off at a very young age, But I believe it was a WWE video game for me that started me off, The SmackDown vs.. Raw game in 2005, I think I was about eight but I honestly can't remember, because it's always been in my life. Around the time of getting into WWE, I went to local wrestling events and I think that it established my love for pro wrestling, the feel of the shows and not just the fancy stages and fireworks. The local shows were barebones, Just lights and music in a posh concert hall. I can't really say what it was that attracted me, maybe it was the fact that at such a young age, It was a cool thing...
However, Around 2010, going into '11, I felt although I started to lose my passion for wrestling, despite watching and loving the old stuff and the Indie shows just the same, WWE's new programming just wasn't the same anymore. It really made me confused. Then I came across TNA on Challenge TV in the UK, and it completely reassured me that my passion was indeed wrestling and nothing else. It made me realise that what I enjoyed in wrestling was the in-ring ability, good wrestling matches and not just the WWE style brawls and boring matches all the time. I still love watching WWE content, Just not the new era from '10 onwards, bar a few matches with some of my favourites, to me it is just the same old ditty every week, nothing payed off for my loyal fanship.
As you're aware from my previous articles, I'm a deep admirer of the work of Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Shawn Michaels, aswell as Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Mickie James, Men and Women who truly put on a display as to just being there for merely as a showman like The Rock or someone who is just the look like Brock Lesnar.
What makes me come back is the thrill of seeing another good match, Getting antsy and having my breath taken away from me. To be able to just, even if for one moment, truly believe that wrestling was real again."
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