Have you ever been unable to watch something major live? If you have, you probably know how difficult it is to avoid spoilers in today’s online world, full of social media discussion and trending topics. Our team recently became huge fans of the WWE, and as such, we’ve been excited to experience our first Wrestlemania. That being said, as of the writing of this post, we still haven’t seen it. And as for myself at least, I have avoided spoilers. I won’t say it was easy, but I’ve done it. So I’m here today to help you do the same by providing tips on how to avoid spoilers for a major event.
Since not all of the internet is as nice as My Fangirl Life (we have a strict spoiler guide that we stick to), it can be hard to avoid having big reveals given away. But I’ve got a few strategies that I have put in place over the past couple weeks, and I’ll share them with you today!
Tell Your Friends
Do you have people you always talk to about the fandom that you’re hoping to avoid having spoiled? Let them know you’re on a blackout so they don’t inadvertently let anything slip. One of the people I usually talk to about wrestling was actually at Wrestlemania this year! Because I let him know I’d be on a blackout, he was nice enough to send me a few photos, but no spoilers at all… though I know he cannot wait to discuss all of it (slash I can’t wait to hear about it). That’s only a few days away at this point – huzzah!
Steer Clear of the Internet
Seriously, just do. At least for the night of the event, if not for a couple days afterwards. This is getting even more difficult to deal with because ads are now smart and know what you like. You can only hope something about your favourite show/fandom doesn’t pop up wherever you are hanging out online!
Don’t Look at Trending Topics
I will never forget the time I had the big return of Shane McMahon to Monday Night Raw spoiled for me a few weeks ago via Facebook trending topics. I mean, I’m such a new fan that this wasn’t a huge deal (I didn’t yet know anything about Shane O-Mac)… but it opened my eyes to how difficult it would be to avoid spoilers in this fandom!
Do Not Go On Reddit
This is a tip from contributor Johnny Rico. He’s been a longtime fan of the WWE and has been participating in our wrestling blackout so that we can all experience Wrestlemania together, and apparently some spoilers have been completely unavoidable on Reddit.
Don’t Google ANYTHING to Do With the Topic
I couldn’t even google things to include in this article. What’s Shane McMahon’s nickname? Oh, I can’t ask the Google machine for fear of spoilers coming up in the results or the autocomplete. How am I supposed to find the answers to all of life’s questions now?
Also Avoid the Internet During Following Episodes
I’m avoiding most of the internet so I don’t get Wrestlemania + 1 week spoilers from Raw. This might be more of a WWE-specific issue, since most major events won’t be followed by more episodes, but it’s still worth mentioning. I’m on a total wrestling blackout until Sunday, and I can’t wait to catch up.
I hope these tips can help you to make it through! Have you ever had anything major spoiled for you? What do you do to avoid spoilers? Let me know in the comments!