When the WWE Off season is upon us, the casual WWE fan gets very complacent. Apathy, negativity and an unwillingness to get behind anything new the WWE brings in front of us each and every off season.
While I am prone to describe the smart fans of the IWC in the same vein, there are a majority of them that at least have fan favorites that they get behind in WWE, or are smart enough to know that WWE is not the only wrestling company worth watching.
But now I must channel my hostility to the WWE’s casual fans. Yes, you do buy the bulk of the tickets for all of their house shows and some of the merchandise, so for that positive I thank you. But do you understand…. all you are doing is maintaining the WWE’s status quo. Allow me to write my laundry list of what’s wrong with the casual WWE fan.
- Because the same way you got caught up in peer pressure like you’re still in high school, You watch for only WWE Superstars that everybody thought was cool in the Attitude Era. That’s why WWE thinks we still want to see so much of Big Show and Kane.
- You so scared to share your guilty pleasure for fear of being ridiculed. So it’s only cool to talk about wrestling when Brock Lesnar is in the company so you can talk to your MMA friends, and maybe because ESPN chose to talk about Wrestlemania because the Rock and Ronda Rousey made an appearance? Listen, this is the era of social media folks. Like what you like and don’t give a crap about what people think about your love of wrestling.
- WWE is year-round. Are you like a Netflix fan that you can only watch during a certain time of the year. You really can’t see the price point of buying the WWE Network? (NXT, PPVs, Archives). No wonder you NEVER know anything about the product today so no wonder why you can’t like anything the WWE does that is actually new and cool.
- Finally, when you do go to those live shows (house show, RAW or Smackdown) you have some thumb up your ass about not keeping up with the product to the point that you don’t watch what WWE Superstars that the smart fans are getting behind and you choose to “What!” their promo or stay quiet during their matches while cheering only for the occasional high spot.
Smart fans, it’s time to start a fire under the asses of every casual WWE fan around the world to start getting back into the WWE product. We don’t need a Stone Cold, Brock, Rock, Hogan or another Attitude Era to create a buzz around what is actually pretty cool going on with WWE during the Off season. Social media and online chatter will not cut.
More interest in wrestling comes from what you do to interact with the casual fans who visit the live shows, from proudly wearing your wrestling schwag, to spreading the word offline with new and existing friends and strangers. That way, we can have more WWE ( and to a greater extent more wrestling) fans that can be even more vocal about what we want from WWE.
Maybe then, we will get more nights like we did on Monday night where WWE will give the smart wrestling fans a bone with the showcasing of Sami Zayn, Kidd and Cesaro, Neville, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and everyone else we want to get over. You got Daniel Bryan to be in the Wrestlemania main event right? What else can you make WWE do?- KOP