I especially hate when someone says,"I hate kids!" That is such a foolish statement. You were once a kid, also! Then again, kids can't help being kids. You can't just tell a kid to grow up. That's impossible. Kids can't help being naive, silly, annoying etc. I enjoy kids just the way they are, and the real problem is, kids who try to grow up quickly. I remember a week ago I was at the mall, and there were two girls, who looked as if they were 10. They were wearing very short ripped denim skirts, very revealing tank tops, lots of makeup, and heels. Yes heels! I don't even wear heels, and I'm a teenager. The girls were also carrying around Louis Vuitton designer purses, and Iphones. I was shocked. I don't even have these things at my age, and two little girls are frolicking around with these things. They ruined their own lives, and just welcomed themselves into our material world. Even I wish I could go back to the days, where no one cared what anyone thought, or looked like. Those were the good ol' days.
Now back to wrestling. Kids are fans, and so are we. We are all here for the same purpose: to enjoy wrestling. I think we should all be able to enjoy it. There are a few possible theories I have for why people hate children, as wrestling fans. First, the end of the Attitude Era. I liked that era of wrestling, but at the same time I am glad it is over. The Attitude Era revolved around storylines, even though it had great wrestling. I would like an era which is more focused on wrestling, but has some good storylines. I think people are angry, that the Attitude Era is over. To many that was considered the "best" era of wrestling. Nowadays, the WWE is pg, and the main target is children. Some people hate children, as fans because, to them, they "took away" the Attitude Era. Who better to blame than children? Second, people hate being compared to children. They hate the thought that children like the same things, as they do. It makes them feel childish, and silly. I think they are being silly, in my opinion. That leads to the fact, that people think children are stupid, and less knowledgeable in wrestling. In other words that they are not true wrestling fans.
What makes a true wrestling fan? To me, it is someone who enjoys wrestling a ton. Anyone can love wrestling a ton. Including children. On the other hand, what makes someone a knowledgable wrestling fan? That definition definitely stretches, and varies. It can be someone who knows a lot about wrestling, through most people's eyes. To mine, though, it is someone who knows at least a bit about wrestling, and enjoys it. Someone who knows what wrestling really is about, and doesn't just complain, and argue. Once again, this can be children.
Overall, is it better to be an ignorant wrestling fan (like children), or wise wrestling fan?
That is a tough question. There are good things about both, for sure. I can't say being both is any good though. I remember being young, and looking at certain wrestlers, as my favourites. The main eventers were only my favourites. Nowadays, I would rank some of them as my least favourite wrestlers of that time period. Generally, as a kid, I cheered for faces, and booed heels, of course. Also, I enjoyed seeing finishers done. To me that was the greatest thing ever, and the perfect (but predictable) ending to a match. I also found any match interesting with my favourite superstars in it. Those are just some of the things I remember about being a kid, and enjoying wrestling!
Ignorance is bliss. Every match was good back then. However, I don't remeber any matches that stood out in my mind, and that were magical. As a kid, I was not that concerned with the actual match, more the outcome. This is definitely not a good thing, as now I concentrate more on the actual wrestling, and can actually witness outstanding matches, not just good matches. On the other hand, I never had bad matches, as a kid. I just sat there, and hoped my favourite superstar was on.
Next, I found the Divas a waste of time. I thought it was the most boring thing ever, and used it as a bathroom break (I found the commercials even more interesting!). To me it was, wrestling is a boy's sport! Why would those girls want to do it? Now, I actaully enjoy the Diva's matches. They can be entertaining, if the Divas are used properly.
Then again, back then I only watched WWE. It was like WWE was the only promotion that existed. Now, I have all sorts of amazing promotions to look forward to! It's nice to see the different ways promotions do wrestling. Seriously, I like
having all these choices, and I never run out of things to watch.
It's like a hot fudge sundae, instead of a simple ice cream cone.
However, there were no spoilers for me, as a child. As a
wrestling fan, I enjoy the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community, for those who don't know!), and dislike it. I have these great users to talk to, who bring up many good points, such as your question.
In the end, we can't help being the wise wrestling fans we are today. We were kids back then, now we are older. The problem is, when you watch something often, you become more knowledgeable in it. I am a huge movie buff, and when you watch movies often, you can point out the bad ones, and the good ones easily. With wrestling, since we watch daily, we can easily tell a good promo/match, from a bad one. You would have to be a casual fan to be able to stay an ignorant fan. For me though, I enjoy looking at the technical aspect of the match, and how it was performed. I can't help over-analyzing. The result of the match is less important to me, than the actual wrestling.
It is better to be a wise wrestling fan. More opportunities,and those moments which leave you breathless!
Whenever there is a bad match though, I try, and enjoy it.
I look at the good, and bad of things.
I don't go on spoiler sites, and try, and stay true to what I believe in.
Also, I realize nothing can be perfect!
The real problem is the people who complain about everything....