Getting over in the mid-card
Join Date: Jan 2015
Modern wrestling fans are an odd bunch
I grew up in the 80s, where the most popular wrestler was a guy who epitomized good American values and ethics. Eat your vitamins, say your prayers. Hulk Hogan would do battle with the most villainous people. He was a hero and a role model and a patriot
Fast forward to the Attitude Era, the two most popular guys were both jerks. The Rock would regularly make fun of backstage interviewers like a mean, high school jock picking on nerds. He would run them down for not being as cool as him, or not getting laid as often as he does. You had guys just doing their jobs trying to get an interview and the Rock would publicly embarrass them.
Steve Austin...was an asshole. He would stunner people on a whim. Hey, I don't like your stupid hat. STUNNER! STUNNER! STUNNER! That's the kind of guy he was, and he didn't even care if you were a woman...which is ironic...considering his first marriage. Anyway....
Fast forward to 2016, the most popular guy in Lucha Underground is an evil psychopath with no humanity and no redeemable qualities whatsoever. He breaks people's arms for his own amusement. He proclaims that his sole purpose is to destroy. He has attacked commentators. He physically assaults authority figures if they don't give him what he wants.He attacked a helpless female ring announcer, a moment she still remembers to this day as you can tell by how she acts whenever he comes to the ring. People complain about intergender matches between two fighters being man on woman violence, but no one talks about the time ring announcer Melissa Santos was kicking, screaming and flailing about as this guy grabbed her hair, tossed her to the ground, and tried to break her arm.
This man currently gets massive babyface pops whenever he comes to the ring. This would be the equivalent of people cheering and rooting for Ramsey Bolton from Game of Thrones or Negan from the Walking Dead. Two people who are evil, sadistic, murderers from their respective shows and two of the biggest villains on said shows
What the fuck is wrong with wrestling fans? No other form of entertainment do the fans LOVE the assholes and psychopaths the way wrestling fans do. Even Brock Lesnar, has gotten huge baby face pops while being a total heel. It's bizarre when you really sit down and think about it, and I think it would seem like bizarre behavior to non wrestling fans. Why are people cheering for that guy who just attacked the commentators at the announce booth they'd say as they see Pentagon Jr. do that very thing this week, on the same show where he shows up in the middle of two other people's match, assaults them and breaks their arms. He then proudly proclaims to the crowd how he is now more dark and evil than ever before. Yeah, that's a guy you want to cheer for there.
Do you know one of the reasons I loved Daniel Bryan? He reached the peak of his popularity while playing a straight up good guy. He smiled. He loved his fans. He was humble. He worked hard for every thing he got. He fought against the corrupt authority figures who tried to hold him down due to prejudice against his looks, people who regularly antagonized the fans that he so loved. He was never mean to anyone. Daniel Bryan was a role model both kayfabe and behind the scenes. Jim Ross even said as much. You couldn't not love Daniel Bryan unless you bought into that kayfabe, B+ player bullshit about him not being pretty enough to main event like underwear model Finn Balor or Thor lookalike Roman Reigns
But Bryan is an anomaly, by and large the most popular wrestlers seem to be assholes. Even Punk you could say was a bit of a prick when he got really over as a face.
What does that say about us as wrestling fans?