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Realize I mean diverse in interest, not race or ethnicity.

I've played plenty of sports, my main one being basketball. Anybody whose played sports or anybody whose been around a certain type of sporting culture knows that theres this "bubble" that these fans are stuck inside of, yeah they may dabble into something else that captures their interest, but they don't invest in it like they do their main sport.

I've seen it for basketball: My teammates know everything there is to know about the NBA and NCAA, whereas they only know the barebones of the latest TV shows or the general trends. Countless other sport cultures as well. And its not only what they consume from the media, its how they present themselves through clothing and personality as well. We've all seen that random dude in the hallways or on campus and thought "He definitely plays basketball/football/soccer/etc".

You can't single out a wrestling fan. You just can't. I've found that in order to find out if somebody likes wrestling, you literally have to ask or just catch them in the act. Not only that but from what I've gathered on this forum, and countless other wrestling sites where discussion runs rampant, is that you rarely find somebody who's only interested in wrestling and just a handful of other things.

I think this is because as wrestling fans, we're conditioned to like variety and substance. You could add that we're conditioned to like much more, but those two stick out to me the most. For example: How many NFL fans have more than 1 favorite team? If they do, what are they normally called? Same with the NBA, where you're allowed to like players but its then obligated for you to then like the organization they're playing for.

Also, with all the zany, off the wall bullshit we sit through on a weekly basis (like three grown men twerking down a ramp, House of Horrors, Katie Vick, "IT WAS ME ALL ALONG", Shockmaster), I feel like our tolerance is much more flexible than that of a regular sports fan.

Sorry for the mini-column, this was something that I've been thinking about since joining the forum and finally decided to make a thread about it.

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Anyone who actually believes wrestling fans of today are the worst are beyond delusional.

Wrestling fans back in the day used to racially abuse wrestlers, report them to police and even go so far as to cause riots and stab wrestlers. A bunch of fans complaining online is nowhere near how bad that is.

And there are many fandoms outside wrestling where the fans are way more insane, way more controlling, way more obsessed and way more disturbing than anything I have ever seen from wrestling fans.

Some people really need to diversify their interests and really look at the world outside of the wrestling bubble.
 

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Anyone who actually believes wrestling fans of today are the worst are beyond delusional.

Wrestling fans back in the day used to racially abuse wrestlers, report them to police and even go so far as to cause riots and stab wrestlers. A bunch of fans complaining online is nowhere near how bad that is.

And there are many fandoms outside wrestling where the fans are way more insane, way more controlling, way more obsessed and way more disturbing than anything I have ever seen from wrestling fans.

Some people really need to diversify their interests and really look at the world outside of the wrestling bubble.
Hey man, I'm just going by what others label this generation. Not what I personally think. I think this generation is entitled and smarky, yeah, but like you said, times back then were much, much worse. Yeah I'm sure those heels laugh at those days of having security escort them to the ring now, but you have to imagine they were shook at the time. The worst thing fans can do today is cancel a $9.99 subscription and complain online.
 

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My point has nothing to do with fans of other sports or other forms of entertainment, so this is alittle different, but..

To me, it's not about any of that. But it's the complete and total fickleness from day to day, week to week that you can see on here everyday. Don't get me wrong, nothing with changing one's mind. But that's not what this is. There are some people that change their minds on a particular wrestler/topic on a day to day basis, and then change it again shortly thereafter. Like I said, absolutely nothing wrong with changing one's mind, but this is totally different. And to be fair, it's not everyone, but some folks. I'm sure some of this took place in the past, hell, I've had the internet since 1998, so I know it has, to a certain degree. But nowhere near this often. Definitely the worst in this aspect since I've been online and it's not close.
 

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Anyone who actually believes wrestling fans of today are the worst are beyond delusional.

Wrestling fans back in the day used to racially abuse wrestlers, report them to police and even go so far as to cause riots and stab wrestlers. A bunch of fans complaining online is nowhere near how bad that is.

And there are many fandoms outside wrestling where the fans are way more insane, way more controlling, way more obsessed and way more disturbing than anything I have ever seen from wrestling fans.

Some people really need to diversify their interests and really look at the world outside of the wrestling bubble.
We suck because we can't make up out our minds and turn on someone the first segment we don't like that involves someone.
 

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It's funny cos awhile back one of my friends (who can be a stupid idiot sometimes) literally said to me "why do you like Ambrose, Rollins AND Reigns?". I just looked at him and was like "I can't like more than one wrestler at the same time?" :lol He hated Seth though so I think he wanted me to drop him and stop liking him :lol He just couldn't grasp that you can have a few favourites plus a bunch of other guys that you also really like.

I don't think we're the worst fans as a whole. There's a bunch of shitheads in this fanbase for sure though. People who act snobby and holier than thou and look down on you if you don't support the same wrestlers as them. I hate those types of people so much.
 
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We're also the most diverse in terms of race ethnicity etc.

Wrestling is the most watched sport across the world.

I can't think of any other sport that is as universally loved or watched as wrestling.
 

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Pro wrestling isn't a sport, it's more entertainment and most people that watch wrestling these days are 16 and under let's face it all the attitude era kids are watching UFC now (me being one of them) especially since wrestling is now more towards family friendly. Also most wrestling fans that are hardcore are very introverted and complain more about the product then any other sport/sport entertainment I know.
 

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Football fans are the worse especially European and South American fans. The fact some people are prepared to kill someone else over a game is all you need to know why they're the worse.
 

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Wrestling fans are clearly not the worst fan base in any sport/entertainment form today.

Wrestling fans are enthusiastic, excited by the product when done well, and critical of the product when done poorly. I don't see that as an indication of being "the worst" fan base. The worst would be the sports that have "fans" throwing sharp objects at the players, or making up chants about how they hope players and player's families die of cancer, or fans that gather together before and after every event they attend with nothing on their mind other than beating the living shit out of people that support another team.

There are issues with how wrestling fans express themselves. Much of the time, they seem too interested in getting themselves over, not actually enjoying the wrestling matches being put on for them by athletes that work their asses off just to get the chance to perform for them. And that is a damn shame.

But the worst?
Not by a million miles.
 

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I think the reason you reach this conclusion is most fans of other sports wear their support as a badge of honour. Most wrestling fans get the 'you can't be serious' reaction outside of wrestling circles when others learn of their support for the sport/art/entertainment. Most wrestling fans just don't express their fandom to non-wrestling fans compared to fans of the more popular sports.
 

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