Five Mistakes Made About WWE And WWE Live Events
I know what you’re thinking:
“There’s only one mistake people make about the WWE and WWE Live Events and that’s attending.”
If you have the proper mindset about professional wrestling you’ll not only appreciate it, you’ll grow to love it.
Below, are five common mistakes people make about the WWE and WWE live events. I’m not only going to tell you what they are, I’m going to tell you how not to make them.
After you read this article, you’ll definitely want to attend a WWE event.
Thinking The WWE Is Fake
Fake, fabricated, fictitious, forged, fraudulent, and phony. Technically, those are all words one could use to describe the WWE (as well as professional wrestling in general).
Calling professional wrestling “fake” is like saying the Seattle Seahawks rehearse football; the Cleveland Cavaliers wear costumes; or the Boston Red Sox go on tour.
While everything written in the above paragraph is technically correct, there are much better words I could have used. Just like there are much better words you can use to describe professional wrestling other than “fake.”
Sure, outcomes are predetermined, and punches are pulled, but calling wrestling fake is like saying a production of Hamlet is fake.
Did I just mention one of the Bard’s plays in an article about professional wrestling? I certainly did!
No one at a WWE event would ever use the word “fake” nor does anyone care that professional wrestling is “fake.”
What you need to understand is…
There’s an unwritten contract between wrestlers and fans: wrestlers do their best to make it look “real” and fans cheer whenever they succeed.
Accepting professional wrestling’s “fakeness” is the biggest hurdle non-fans must overcome. So, how does one get over this hurdle?
Don’t think of professional wrestling as a sport. Instead, think of it as entertainment. That is, after all, why the WWE calls it “sports entertainment.”
Taking The WWE Too Seriously
This may seem counterintuitive, since a lot of people disrespect professional wrestling and to disrespect something is to not take it seriously, but we’re not talking about taking the entire industry too seriously. We’re only talking about not taking a WWE event too seriously.
Here’s what I mean…
Professional wrestling is all about fun. It’s not about who wins or loses.
When you attend an NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL game you do so hoping that a particular team will win. Chances are very good, that the team you’re rooting for desperately needs to win because they’re in the playoffs or trying to make the playoffs.
Sports are serious business. Every snap, pitch, and shot is important because it can mean the difference between capturing a much-needed win or experiencing a soul-crushing defeat.
You attend a sporting event to see your team win.
You attend a WWE event for a variety of other reasons…
>>To cheer your favorite superstars
>>To boo your favorite superstars
>>To chant “Let’s Go Cena”
>>To chant “Cena Sucks”
>>To chant “Let’s Go Cena” and “Cena Sucks”
>>To yell “WHAT!” after everything a heel says
>>To shout “This Is Wrestling” during a really good match
>>To spell the word “SAWFT” with Big Cass
>>To “Wooo” like Ric Flair every time a wrestler performs a chop
There’s a common misconception by non-fans that wrestlers don’t compete. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
While wrestlers don’t compete for victories they do compete for the admiration of fans and to have the best match possible. Fans love it when wrestlers put forth maximum effort and they show their support with cheers and applause.
WWE matches may have winners and losers but the results are not necessarily why fans are there. You buy WWE tickets to have a good time and watch your favorite wrestlers do what they love to do.
That’s why you shouldn’t take the WWE too seriously. Instead, just relax and have fun.
Professional Wrestling Isn’t Family Friendly
I recently attended an NXT house show in Portland, Oregon. The best moment of the night was when Bayley gave the little girl in the row in front of me a bracelet.
During Bayley’s entrance to the ring, the little girl and her mom, with their sign, approached the barrier that separated ringside from the crowd. Once there, they grabbed the attention of the former Women’s NXT Champion.
A moment later, the little girl returned to her seats, and to her brother and father, with a huge smile and a memento she’ll never forget. She also made the little girl sitting behind her, who was also wearing a Bayley t-shirt, quite jealous.
A WWE event has its fair share of violence.
No one can promise that the 22-year-old in the Macho man shirt won’t shout an obscenity or two.
And, if a wrestler flies through the air, or goes through a table, you’re going to hear a robust “holy shit” chant.
The WWE does it best to appeal to kids (see Bayley, see John Cena). No one gives the middle finger like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin used to do and women wrestlers are no longer one-step above Playboy bunnies.
Judging from the commercials airing during Raw and Smackdown, the main demographic that watches professional wrestling is still 18 to 25 year-old men, but the days of the WWE being a glorified frat party are over.
Feel free to load up the family, at least those old enough to know the difference between the figure-four leg lock and the number four, and attend a WWE live event.
You’ll be the parent of the year.
Professional Wrestling Is Sexist
On Oct. 7, 2015 at NXT Take Over Respect, the main event was a 30-minute iron woman match between Bayley and Sasha Banks. The WWE billed the match as “historic.”
At the last Wrestlemania, the “Diva’s” title was renamed the “WWE Women’s Championship.”
Just the other week, RAW ended with a contract signing between Charlotte and Natalya.
It is clear…
That in the WWE, sisters are doing it for themselves!
I don’t know the company’s hiring practice, and I don’t know how much the women wrestlers make compared to the men, so the “diva’s revolution,” as Stephanie McMahon put it, may be superficial.
Nonetheless, fans can expect women to compete in the ring like their male counterparts. You won’t see any more bikini contests on RAW, Smackdown, or the pay-per-views.
So stop thinking that the squared circle is only for men. A lot of very talented female wrestlers are showing the world they can lay the Smackdown too.
All Wrestlers Are Bulky Steroid Users
This used to be true, or at least it appeared to be true in the 1980s and 1990s, but not anymore.
There are wrestlers that look like they live in a gym—Brock Lesnar, Ryback, John Cena, Big E, Cesaro, Apollo Crews—and there are wrestlers that are giants—Big Show, Undertaker, Kane, Big Cass, Baron Corbin—but many are larger than life thanks to their personalities, not their physiques.
A.J. Styles, Finn Balor, Xavier Woods, Neville, Sin Cara, and Kalisto are all big time wrestlers and all under six feet tall. Legendary Chris Jericho is six feet tall.
Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dean Ambrose, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and The Dudleys look more like guys from your local YMCA than professional wrestlers.
This is indicative of professional wrestlers at large.
Ring of Honor, a promotion in no way affiliated with the WWE, has a world champion, Jay Lethal, and a television champion, Bobby Fish, that are both under six feet tall.
If your image of a typical professional wrestler is some roided-up behemoth that looks like they live in a Gold’s Gym then you need to change your outlook.
Professional wrestlers work out, but they now come in all shapes and sizes—just like their fans. Those that are enormous have more of a natural look than their 1980s and 1990s counterparts.
People don’t get the WWE because they…
>>Focus on professional wrestling being fake
>>Take professional wresting far too serious
>>Assume wrestling isn’t family friendly
>>Assume wrestling is sexist
>>Believe wrestlers are steroid-using ogres
If you eliminate all these mistakes then you can enjoy the WWE for what it is and that’s a couple of hours of great live entertainment.
There’s not another endeavor, in the world of sports or in the world of entertainment, which generates more passion than professional wrestling. Hopefully, someday you can contribute to this passion.