As a fangirl, embarrassing confessions tend to be a common part of my life. Confession: I’m obsessed with One Direction. Confession: I watch The Bachelor every Monday night. Confession: I own a “magic” wand. These are all true, and all things that I’m sometimes embarrassed to actually confess. But one thing that I never thought I would say is that I like WWE wrestling.
For months our contributor Johnny Rico had been telling Kris, Justine, and I how much wrestling ties in to our beloved world of fandoms. He told us that the storylines are insane & hilarious, that the characters are interesting & dynamic, and that the athleticism is impressive (despite the fact that the whole world knows wrestling isn’t real…shhhhh! It’s a “secret”). We brushed off his claims for ages, not really giving Johnny Rico any credit.
He pitched a regular series on this very blog, titled Wrestling With Shame – it started as a Tuesday Walk of Shame takeover, which was incredibly fitting. His first Wrestling With Shame post introduced us fangirls to the wide world of professional wrestling. As I read through that post, I recognized many points he had brought up to us again and again. But for some reason when they were written down they held far more credibility than when they were being ranted at us. Johnny Rico continued to write Wrestling With Shame posts, which I read with growing interest. Respect the Past, But Do Not Worship It discussed nostalgia and how it affects both the WWE and entertainment in general. Character, Plot, or Both? delved into the storytelling of wrestling as compared to movies or television shows.
By the time I had read all of these posts, I was at least a little bit intrigued. It didn’t take much for Johnny Rico to convince Kris, Justine, and I to commit to watching the Royal Rumble with him in January. We scheduled it in to our respective Sunday evenings, rolling our eyes as we did. But we were promised food and entertainment, so how bad could it really be? Plus, the Royal Rumble did sound pretty cool – a free for all with 30 fighters, slated to enter the ring one at a time? That couldn’t be too boring.
So we watched. And we were far more interested in all of it than any of us thought we possibly could be. I mean, it does help that Roman Reigns is a total dreamboat (why didn’t Johnny Rico lead with that?), but we got incredibly caught up in the storylines and the backstory to each of the characters. The three of us fell in love with Roman Reigns, were delighted by The New Day, and hated both Charlotte and Triple H with a vengeance. After the Royal Rumble ended, we all decided we were definitely into watching Wrestlemania.
Johnny Rico released another Wrestling with Shame post a few weeks later – Who is Daniel Bryan and Why Should You Care? – and it was honestly some of his best work. This post related wrestling to fandom universes in general, in a motivational fashion. I recommend checking out our most under-appreciated series here on the blog. Wrestling with Shame is worth a read, even for a non-wrestling fan.
This past Saturday, when we realized that there was a WWE pay-per-view showing on Sunday night that we had no plans to watch, Kris, Justine, and I immediately recruited Johnny Rico so that we could all watch it together (then chastised him for not keeping us informed). As we did, I felt myself falling deeper and deeper into loving this fandom. By the end of the episode, I was hooked. What would happen next with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns’ bromance? Would anyone ever take Charlotte down? Would Becky & Sasha’s delicate trues outlast Wrestlemania? Why is Sheamus so incredibly white (he must be painted or something)? These are the questions that I needed answered.
So, I’m not even ashamed to say, Kris, Justine, and I sat down two nights ago to watch WWE Monday Night Raw. Since Sunday we have fallen deeply into the WWE wrestling fandom, and it’s fun. We went from not wanting to watch it at all, to deciding we’d be pay-per-view fans, to wanting to watch Raw every week… and I’m not even that ashamed to tell you about it.
Have you ever watched wrestling? Why do you watch it? And who’s your favourite? Share in the comments! We’re new to this wrestling fandom and want to learn all about it.
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