WWE: Why Do MMA Fans Love to Hate Professional Wrestling?

Travis SmithAnalyst IIFebruary 23, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: Fighter Jon Jones speaks during a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Back on Jan. 6, www.espn.com posted an article titled  “Why do MMA fans love to hate on the WWE?”

This article, written by Chad Dundas, was a very mind-boggling blog about why the world of MMA seems to downplay the WWE every chance that they got.

Now I looked at the article and while I was skeptical at first, I understood where this guy was coming from. To me, the MMA shouldn’t hate on pro wrestling fans, they should embrace the fan base.

MMA fans seem to put down the entire sport (Yes, I did just call it a sport) of professional wrestling because it’s too “fake” for their liking. Now while pro wrestling isn’t entirely all real, the risks the performers take at every bump is very real and the injuries to the performers prove how real it can be.

Wade Barrett’s injury this past Monday proved that one wrong move can cost you months of action and missing out on the biggest show of the entire year. Another prime example would be Jesse Sorensen’s neck injury last month; the guy took a bad bump in a match and is now in danger of losing his in-ring career.

The danger factor is very real in both industries and it’s something that seems to attract fans, but the thing I haven’t gotten is why MMA fans do not take the pro wrestling fans very seriously? MMA performers in the past and current day embrace pro wrestlers when they come to watch an event.

Pro wrestlers for the most part respect the MMA game and embrace them when they want to cross over and watch a pro wrestling event. The MMA fans seem to be ones that “hate” pro wrestling with a passion, and it’s something I just don’t quite understand.

I wasn’t an MMA fan for the longest time because there wasn’t that big name attraction for me to really get involved with the action until former WWE champion Brock Lesnar came over to the UFC and shook up the entire MMA world.

Lesnar’s persona and fame brought a lot of pro wrestling fans to the UFC and made them fans. He was a key figure in making MMA as popular as it is today but die-hard MMA fans seem to dislike Lesnar more than they would Floyd Mayweather. Again, I ask the question, why all of the hate?

The ESPN article did bring up a key point that I find so true, most MMA fans seem to be embarrassed when they admit that at one point in time that they were also pro wrestling fans.

Now I don’t see why people should be embarrassed to love something that has brought them entertainment and quality television for so many years. It’s okay to be both an MMA and pro wrestling fan; they both bring quality action and it’s exciting to watch.

Overall if there is one message that I would want a reader to get out of this article, it would be simply this, it is okay to love both MMA and pro wrestling.

It is also okay to just like one side or the other, but please embrace fans from either side because you all have something in common; you love hard-hitting action that both industries bring every week.


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