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professional wrestlingI can’t deny it. I’ve been a fan since I was 7 years old. I was a fan during the 80’s, I was a fan during the 90’s, and I’m still a “casual” fan today (i.e. somebody who follows it but doesn’t like to tell anybody).

My guilty pleasure is professional wrestling.

tumblr_mcn1srz8ZL1rpw70to7_1280It’s weird, because for the longest time I was one of those “proud wrestling fans”. Y’know the type; completely happy with knowing that it’s a “male soap opera” and defending it as “sports meets entertainment” in the most masculine of ways. Or maybe they throw in the whole “the choreography might be there, but the punishment these guys take on their bodies is real” argument.

The problem with that line of thinking, however, is that at the end of the day you’re still watching grown men in spandex underwear pretending to fight each other.

It sucks you in at an early age, too. Boys are going to like hard-hitting sports like football or action movies like The Avengers or kick-ass games like Halo. As a result, they’re also going to like professional wrestling.

Listen, I can’t sit here and tell the world that I’m NOT a wrestling fan because I’d be lying. I wish I could sit here and eloquently describe to you just why I’m drawn to this…sport? I want to be able to describe just how much of an art there is to making wrestling look real and also be entertaining at the same time.

But I can’t.

warrior_crop_650x440It’s silly and I love it. It’s over-the-top personalities and characters and spectacle and sports and a rock concert and pyrotechnics and fantasies come to life all wrapped-up in one kick-your-ass package. It’s everything I always thought I wanted in entertainment…it’s a one-stop shop for dudes and hardcord dudettes.

Think about this: where else in the world can you find a theatre that not only can get a reaction out of 20,000 people, but elicit that response from just one person? I don’t know what theatres YOU visit, but I don’t know the last time I saw an interactive play.

Professional wrestling is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The problem, though, is that it’s always been seen as entertainment for the “lowest common denominator” when it comes to the public: redneck low-income low-intelligence yokels who still think professional wrestling is real. The reality of the situation, however, is that it has been turned into family entertainment for all shapes and sizes and from all different kinds of backgrounds.

The key, though, is that it’s not “cool” to admit to watching wrestling at the moment. In the 80’s, it was mainstream. In the late-90’s, it was mainstream. Right now? Not so much.

wwe-mnr_0Don’t believe me? Do you know what a Ryback is? Do you care? Do you want to explain to your co-worker why Sin Cara will never be the next Rey Mysterio? Do you think you can explain why The Miz simply doesn’t work as a babyface?

Didn’t think so.

So while not nearly as popular as it used to be, there is still a MASSIVE audience for professional wrestling. And because 90% of those fans are too embarrassed to actually tell anybody about it, they help to make this the very definition of what a guilty pleasure is all about.