Make it seem real to me damn it!
I don’t write articles much anymore. I still do Facebook Live video rants that I often call “Right Takes.” I believe that Facebook is the future of nearly all things internet related, and Live video’s capture more attention because too many people are too lazy to read. If not too lazy, they simply stop reading the second an article says something they disagree with. For some reason though I am still choosing to write about this topic.
I don’t understand today’s wrestling fan, especially today’s American fan, that wants wrestling to be silly, over the top, unbelievable, and full of nonsensical “variety.” I don’t understand those who see wrestling as some kind of social experiment saying stupid things like “Wrestling is for everyone!” In some ridiculous drive to increase wrestling’s audience, they figure that anything goes in the world of professional wrestling as if it’s “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” land of make believe. If any fan disagrees or voices their desire for wrestling to be presented more realistically, 100% of the time the response will be “It’s still real to me damn it!” Either in text, or with that over used meme of the fat guy crying at a wrestling question and answer session with Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condry, and Terry Funk. It’s this generations of wrestling fans favorite quote, and without a doubt absolutely their favorite go to meme on all social media outlets.
Here’s the thing though…when posting that meme, or typing those words, you’re proving yourself to be the fool that you are. While it may be funny to make fun of that guy (David Wills by the way) because he’s taking wrestling so seriously, because he got so emotional, because he shouted such a supposedly silly thing, did you know that he was thanked by Terry Funk for saying it? That Jim Cornette stood up for him on his podcast? Yes, if it had been me I’d be embarrassed for getting emotional like that, and I am sure Mr. Wills is to a degree. However, for today’s modern fan to take that incident and use it to ridicule anyone that simply wants to see professional wrestling presented in a more realistic fashion says all we need to know about these kind of fans. These kind of fans are saying screw you Terry Funk, screw you Jim Cornette, and screw any traditions or style that came from back when wrestling was actually more popular than it’s ever been. These fans don’t respect the past, and only want wrestling to be a goofy side show full of circus acts, and some of the worst comedy known to man. They are proud of nonsense that’s far, far, more embarrassing than David Wills emotional outburst. Yet these fans are somehow claiming to be on higher moral ground. These fans claim to better represent professional wrestling.
You can all talk about how over Joey Ryan’s penis flip is. You can tell me how much money Colt Cabana has made in his career. You can tell me how ground breaking the Hardy’s teleporting out of the ring was. You can defend the supposed best wrestler in the world wrestling a blow up doll, or a little girl, and now talking about possibly wrestling a stuffed cat. You can even feel justified in enjoying those things. I mean if you’re so strange that you find those kind of things enjoyable, more power to you. But, if you use a man’s passionate cry over what wrestling was always supposed to be about…making everything that goes on look, feel, and seem REAL, then you’re just a jackass that spits on the sport (yes I said sport) that you claim to love. Now I’m not going to cry over it, but I am passionate enough to say to you that if that’s the kind of fan you are, I hate you, because you killed wrestling.
You can see more of my thoughts on people like this killing wrestling here-
You can read David Wills thoughts on his infamous words here