Ten days ago, I wrote an article about the similarities between professional wrestling and Hollywood and how they're treated differently despite being very alike.
A few days after that, I wrote another piece as to why I am a fan of this form of art and entertainment.
This will be my final article that relates to this topic and I wanted it to be about one of the things that most wrestling fans can't seem to do and that's admit to others that they are a fan of professional wrestling.
This phobia has been around for a long time now it seems. I have friends who won't admit to others they are a fan, I've seen comments on this website about how some of you can't admit it to others.
I even know independent wrestlers who refuse to tell certain family members and friends that they perform for a living because they are afraid of getting ridiculed and heckled for something they enjoy.
See I've never understood why people would tear others apart just because they might not be a fan of the same thing. Who cares if one person likes wrestling and the other doesn't?
I don't enjoy watching golf or Dr. Oz, but that doesn't mean I'll go out of my way to make sure people who do enjoy it can't even bring it up to me because I'll make them feel like garbage.
For everyone who is reading this who has this phobia, I suggest to just get over it. Don't hide it, you don't have to go throwing it in people's faces, but you also don't need to pretend that you've never heard of wrestling.
I know people who will rip wrestling just because they are bored (seriously) and they will go on a tirade that it's fake and I just look at them and tell them they better never go to the movies again and should probably cancel their cable subscription while they're at it.
Have you ever lied about being of a fan of wrestling?
The "fake" argument seems to be what makes most wrestling fans "hide under the ring" (yes, I made that up). If that's why you won't admit you're a fan than you need to either stop associating with those people since they won't accept you for who you are or find a way to make the rebuttal argument.
I make films for a living and there's plenty of people who I've worked with and when they find out I like wrestling they try and make fun of me because I waste my time watching something "fake." I just laugh at them and remind them the film or TV show we're working on is just as "fake."
Wrestling is not a sport, it is entertainment, it's as real as 24 or The Office. They all have writers, directors and actors. The main difference between wrestling and those shows is wrestling is more of a form of art.
Poetry is art, music is art and so is wrestling. Don't be afraid to admit you like this form of art because of the way media and pop culture has portrayed wrestling.
Don't forget, it was "cool" to like wrestling in the mid-late 1980's and it was "cool" to watch wrestling during the Attitude Era. If it was cool to watch it then, why is it "not cool" and "fake" now?
The answer is it's the same then as it is now. The product is different in terms of storytelling but the concept is the same.
If anything, wrestling has become more realistic in the last 13 years.
Don't forget, we all have a right to enjoy whatever we want. You're the one who chooses to listen to these people and let it bother you.
Typically, people who dismiss something and bash it are people who have never seen what they are making fun of and are only going off of what other people have told them.
If you like wrestling, don't hide it because it's a part of what makes you...you. Would you hide that you like dogs or that you play an instrument?