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As a feature piece for a school assignment I'm going to be writing an article profiling wrestling fans, and I'd like the good people of Wrestling Forum to help me out! If you have the time, I'd really appreciate it if you could fill out this questionnaire and PM it back to me. No one word answers, a short paragraph for each question would be good. And I'll need your full name and age. Here are the Qs.

What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?

How long have you been a wrestling fan?

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?

What do you do for a job?

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’
 

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Sure why not I'll help out.

What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
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How long have you been a wrestling fan?
-16 years

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
-My fondest memory was getting to make the trip that all wrestling fans should do ... and that's attend WrestleMania (I went to 23). Outside of going to actual events as a memory, I'd probably go with Foley winning the belt on RAW 1/4/99.

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
-I'm obsessed LOL. I've driven up to four hours away for a couple TNA house show. Went to WM23 and by the time I got home, I had to go to school so I didn't get to sleep before hand. The amount of money I've spent? Easily a couple grand.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
-Yep. I've always been a huge sports fanatic as well as big into music.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
-Not sure really, probably because it gives us someone that we can look up to as kids. 80's had Hogan, 90's had Austin, 00's got Cena. Not to mention they all managed to bring in fans from all spectrums with Rock N Wrestling (Hogan), Austin brought in the "rebel kids" fans and now Cena is bringing in music fans/movie fans and fans from all sorts of areas.

What do you do for a job?
-I work in a distribution center for a grocery store chain.

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
-Yep, there's a big wrestling following where I work actually ... not as passionate as mine, but they're passionate enough about it that I can carry on a good convo with.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
-We're all "idiots" or "white-trash". Granted, there are fans out there like that, not all of us are "uneducated inbreds".

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
-Ooooooooooooh yes.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
-Yep, tons. I normally leave live events meeting about 5-10 new people and stay in contact with them every so often.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
-Nope.

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
-More so a family than a community. I honestly feel more safe at wrestling events than I do anywhere else because I think we've all got each others backs if shit goes down, but when out in normal society, a lot of people will just pass by if they see something going down that's out of the norm.

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.
-I'm not very good with stories but I'll give it hell anyway. I remember we got to Ford Field for WrestleMania a few hours before the doors open just to walk around and see what was going on. Well, I heard a humongous pop from the crowd by where the wrestlers park. Well, I'm a good 3 blocks from there, and if you've ever been to WrestleMania, you'll know the mess of people that is on the streets. Well, when I heard "Foley! Foley! Foley!" being chanted, I took off running harder than I ever did. When I got to the barricade, I managed to squeeze my way to the front and getting to shake my all-time favorite wrestler's hand all the while the group of people I went with freaked out because I had left the group (I was 15 at the time) and didn't have a cell phone to find. Happiest day of my life.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
The violence

How long have you been a wrestling fan?
Around 20 years

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
Bret Hart vs Diesel at the Royal Rumble

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
I own about 100 different wrestling DVDs and I've been to two wrestlemanias

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
Yes.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
Violence is a common denominator.

What do you do for a job?
I'm finishing my Master's in Business

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
A bit.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
"You know it's fake, right?"

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
I try not to, I enjoy vagina.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
I guess.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
Yes I have a girlfriend. We watch it together every once in a while.

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
At Korakuen hall, you get sucked into the environment.

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.
Big Japan Wrestling is AMAZING to see live.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’
OP is a massive faggot.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
- The storylines and the wrestling.
How long have you been a wrestling fan?
- 12 or 13 years
If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
Hogan vs Sting the night after Starcade

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
Have spent ALOT of money on ppvs, tickets, indy dvds,and other stuff
Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
- NO

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
- I do not think wrestling is popular
What do you do for a job?
- Nothing now
Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
- Yes friends and family hate it
What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
- Loser.
Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
- I do not know other wrestling fans that I talk to in REAL life
Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
-No
Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
-NO
How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
- Not really
Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.
- Wrestling has brought to me some of my fav moments that I will never forget.
Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’
- There are typical wrestling fans.People who bitch about anything and people who act like pieces of shit while watching wrestling.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
I love stories. Wrestling is a storytelling medium unlike any other. I guess the athletic aspect is cool too.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?
Almost four years now (so I had just turned 14). That's actually kinda sad.

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
I've spent 30 bucks in my life on wrestling and have never been to a show.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
In a word, no.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
Lots of people are stupid.

What do you do for a job?
AV type of stuff. In the past I've worked for two nonprofit global healthcare providers and in a book warehouse.

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
I assume they wouldn't if they knew about it.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
It's still real to me dammit.

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
Dear god no.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
Dear god no.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
Dear god no. To both.

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
Never been.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’
I'm a borderline socialist, Roman Catholic, pretentious liberal arts student, punk rock fan, reader of everything from Plato to Faulkner, and I spend lots of my free time engaging in the same pastime as rednecks from Mississippi who can't read or write yet still believe with their whole heart that the Miz is a gay retard.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
(The athletisicm and the dedication of the wrestlers. It is almost an art in my eyes)

How long have you been a wrestling fan?
(11 Years and 5 Months aka Since the death of Owen Hart)

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
(My fondest wrestling memory was seeing Eddie and Benoit hugging @ WM XX, made my dads friend cry)

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
(Well i write for the only danish wrestling newssite while running another wrestling site. Money-wise i think i have spend around 500 dollars total, which is way to much. Then again i own about 100 DVDs from various promotions)

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
(I study to become a journalist so writing reviews and news does give me some experience. Other than that. No)

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
(Well it is not that popular in Scandinavia, but i think that it speaks to both sport-fans, females and fans of soap operas/reality TV. Which is some big markets)

What do you do for a job?
(I currently study to become a journalist)

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
(Yes i have a friend who just laughed at me, but i tried explaining why i love wrestling and he got it. He still thought the koncept were horrible, but he accepted it)

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
(I often hear that people think wrestling fans are fat hillbillies with a small IQ. My IQ is in the 160s and honestly i still love it)

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
(I dont know that many nearby that watch, but yes i do with a small group)

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
(Yes i have. Actually a fine group of people through running the wrestling site)

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
(I have a girlfriend that watch wrestling quite often. She is not that big a fan, but we have a deal that if she watches wrestling with me, i watch Sex & The City with her.....Horrible Show)
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?

I like all the aspects of wrestling but if I had to some it up I would say because watching wrestling is fun.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?

Since I was really young. My older half brother watched it when I was around 3 years old (or so I've been told) and I would watch it with him. My earliest memory of being a wrestling fan was when my brother ordered Super Brawl VI, recorded it, and gave me the tape (which I still have). So that was early 1996 and I was a little over 5 but I remember that I liked wrestling at the time so I'll just say I've been a fan for 15 years (I'm 19 now).

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?

Well my first wrestling show for sure. It was the night before the Canadian Stampede PPV and the WWF was at the Nassau Coliseum for a house show. Me and my mom entered a few contests to win free tickets. I was talking about the show for weeks and how excited I was to be going. My mom told me over and over that we probably weren't going to win and that I shouldn't get my hopes up. Well we fucking won the tickets (and a sweet Royal Rumble hat too).

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?

I'm pretty in to it right now. I've drive all over the east the northeast for good indy wrestling and WWE PPVs. I've been to more shows then I can remember and have hundreds of DVDs and tapes. The most extreme thing I ever did was drive to NYC for Final Battle knowing that there was going to be a huge snow storm. I ended up spending the night on the floor of a shady hostel a few blocks outside of Harlem. I know I've spend thousands and thousands of dollars on wrestling and traveling to wrestling shows. I don't know how much and I really would rather not know.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?

Sort of I guess. I like sports so I guess wrestling would fit in with that.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?

Honestly there really is that wide a variety of fans. I've been to wrestling shows in a bunch of cities and there are 3 types of fans. Rednecks, kids, and the more smarky fans. As a smark myself I just like watching people do crazy shit in the ring or have a match with a great story.

What do you do for a job?

I go to school full time but currently work at Staples part time.

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?

There a lot of pretty nerdy people at Staples so they get it. I mean someone isn't going to laugh at me for liking wrestling and turn around and talk about how high of a level they have at World of War Craft or how they love the War Hammer comics (or whatever they are). My friends generally get it as a lot of people my age watching wrestling at some point (we were at a pretty impressionable age during the Attitude Era.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?

I find that more stereotypes are about wrestling and not wrestling fans. I guess being ignorant would be a pretty common one.

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?

Yes. My brother watches with me all the time and we've been to a few shows with some friends. There is a picture somewhere of a bunch of us in the ring with AJ Styles and Samoa Joe at a house show.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?

Yes. I met 2 people from this site and we've been to a few ROH shows together. I've seen more then a few shows with Meteora here and I've been to 3 shows with KaijuFan and we've been playing a lot of Halo Reach via XBox Live lately. It's pretty cool actually to really know a couple people on here and being able to talk to someone in person about indy wrestling is pretty cool. They're also pretty good guys too.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?

No. But during the Summer my little sister (she's 9) watched Raw with me and my brother a few times and she seemed to enjoy it, even though she just complained about she wanted to see Hulk Hogan and the Boogeyman and thought it was hilarious to pronounce Sheamus' name as "Sham-Us"

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)

Not really. I mean there are a few people that I can talk to at shows but there are also a lot of asshole wrestling fans out there, especially in the NYC area. And at WWE shows it's almost all Rednecks and families.

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.

Come on, I gave you my heart warming childhood story and one of the most bizarre nights of my life spent at a Hostel. I guess I'll go with my favorite live wrestling experience which was being at the ROH show for Bryan Danielson's last ROH match and singing along to "The Final Countdown" for what we all thought would the last time. It was my first ROH shows and I had been a fan of Danielson and it was just really cool to be there for such a big moment. Not to mention singing along to the song was a fantastic experience.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’

I hate to say it but I would have to disagree with you. Of course there are some exceptions but for the most part we really are very similar, at least as far as the people that you're going to find on this site are concerned.


I really like the thread though, looking at wrestling and wrestling fans from a more of a sociological perspective is pretty cool.

And my full name is Taylor Fitzsimmons and I'm 19.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
Everything, the athleticism, the acting, the story that is being told by the wrestlers.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?
So about 5 years, since January 9, 2005 to be exact.

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
Well anything I mostly do is related to wrestling in some way, youtube, I search for wrestling, forums, its mostly wrestling forums and design is mostly around wrestling, of course I do things other than wrestling but it just takes a large part of my life, I can get into a promotion pretty fast and be completely addicted and order most of the promotions shows from current year.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
Porn, Fantasy & Manga, I don't think its a fit? :S

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
Because there really is something for most people, those who like the sport, those who like the act and story and those who like the men and ladies that performs for them in not-so-much clothes.

What do you do for a job?
I study to become a web integrator.

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
A couple, but thats like me who don't get the love of Soccer.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
One word, gay.

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
Yeah there is one or two in the city that I know watches wrestling, and on my old school we were actually whole 4 guys! :eek:

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
Yeah I have met many people through forums that I talk pretty good with.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’
This was fun, I like filling out things like that.
 

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As a feature piece for a school assignment I'm going to be writing an article profiling wrestling fans, and I'd like the good people of Wrestling Forum to help me out! If you have the time, I'd really appreciate it if you could fill out this questionnaire and PM it back to me. No one word answers, a short paragraph for each question would be good. And I'll need your full name and age. Here are the Qs.

What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?

How long have you been a wrestling fan?

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?

Because it combines the two most prominent forms of entertainment Character-based Television and sports

What do you do for a job?

Draw and edit comic books

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?

Most do now, in the line of work that I'm in. Some people think it is stupid, which these days, i tend to agree with sometimes.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?

Fat losers who live with their parents, and white trash. Somewhat accurate in my experience- not that I don't still enjoy being around them.

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?

Not really, unless they are friends that I've turned on to it.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?

Not really

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?

I've been able to convince most girlfriends to give it a shot

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)

ECW Arena. Thats exactly what is was, a community, everybody partied their ass off in the parking lot, and were basically one big family inside the arena during the show. That is after you fought and clawed for seats and everyone was settled. But we all knew the awesomeness we ere witnessing, and the atmosphere was great. And people who went still have it in common and bring it up to this day.

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.

One time I threw a budweiser can into the ring, and hit d-von dudley in the back.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’

Depends of what type of wrestling you watch... ROH is 90% male nerds. Chikara is pretty varied, and draws a lot of hot chicks for some reason. WWE is so huge that it encompasses basically everyone. So if you narrow it down to specific companies, the fans are sometimes more homogeneous, but overall that is an accurate statement.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?

The matches and drama both

How long have you been a wrestling fan?

13 years, I didn't watch outside of maybe an episode of raw a year for 6 years though (00-06)

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?

Pretty into it, I'll go through periods of a month or two where the most I'll do is watch some of Raw in a given week, but the last couple months I've watched probably a match a day and talked about it.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?

Not really.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?

I think it's definetely declining right now, but it has a varied fanbase culturally and economically because the concept two guys facing off to see who's the best is universal and transcends a lot of differences.

What do you do for a job?

Student right now

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?

I don't really share it with many people, out of the ones that do a few don't but most of that is knee-jerk reaction to "pro wrestling".

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?

Uneducated fanbase, that you think it's real, that it's gay (it doesn't do itself any favors at times), that it's for kids, that it's for trailer park residents

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?

Just on the internet and occasionally I'll watch some attitude era stuff with the only friend of mine that has any interest in it.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?

No, but I've changed a lot personally in the last year or so and have gotten back into wrestling pretty heavily lately, I'd love to meet some of you guys at a show and hang out beforehand.


How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)

No, I'm going to ROH Survival of the Fittest 2010 in a month and expect to feel it there though.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?

Couldn't really tell you to be honest. I've been always enterntained by it and the more stuff a learn about it, the more I enjoyed it.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?

Since i was 9 years old so that's 13 years. Didn't watch any wrestling for 2 years because no channel in Chile showed it and i didn't have internet at the time.

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?

Watching it on cable with my brother and sister, and sometimes my cousins, was always fun. My biggest memory is listening to Carlos Cabrera and Hugo Savinovich (the latin announcers for WWE) go crazy about all of the angles, lol. Owen vs Bulldog for the Euro Title is the first match that i actually enjoyed and remember.


Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?

I've went to the 3 house shows WWE has had here in Chile and have like 10-15 DVDs. I don't watch it as much as used to because I don't have that much time anymore but there was a point where i watched almost everything i could download (exept lucha), lol. I don't know if I've went to any extremes, maybe investigating everything about puroresu because there's no spanish/latin site that has any decent information about it, i have spent hours searching for history, matches, dates, and all kinds of stuff about it.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?

Not really, only people close to me know that i'm a HUGE wrestling fan.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?

In most cases it's a very violent soap opera. People love conflict and wathing two people beating the shit out of each other over an issue is

What do you do for a job?

I'm still in College. I've done some work in the summer to pay my vacations but nothing really serious.

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?

I haven't found a person who despises wrestling yet, there's always something that they at least find interesting about it, wrestling really is a "guilty pleasure". My friends know that I get really into the stuff I like (specially sports) so it's not a surprise to them that I love wrestling as much is I do.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?

At least in Chile there isn't much of a stereotype for wrestling fans, there's not that big of a "community" for it to get labeled.

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?


Normally once a month I gather with a group of 10 people to drink and talk about anything but wrestling, lol. My "everyday frinds" aren't wrestling fans, some used to watch it but that's about it.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?

Yeah, those 10 drunks that I hang out with once a month :D. There's other people i've met through forums too but besides meeting with them once or twice I haven0t hang out with them.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?

When my last girlfriend was really bored she watched it with me....for about 2 minutes and then did anything she could to get me away from the computer, most of the time she acomplished her mission.
Pussy (inmediate or future) >>> wrestling.

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)



Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.

For WWE's first house show here I met a group of people that i was in repeated contact through a forum. We had a couple of beers before the show and after that we where supposed to go the house of a dude who couldn't go to the show. Thing was that the person in charge of the adress didn't know shit about Santiago so we ended up walking for like 2 hours before getting to the place. When we finally got there we had a fun time sharing stories and drinking. There's even a video of me in youtube admitting i'm a liar because i mixed the dates of the mainevent of Vengeance 2002 (for some reason i was suposed to be this "know all" guy so when i made a mistake, hilarity ensued), i was kinda drunk so i couldn't say sorry and ended up saying "sory", to this day I still get dissed about that xD.

That was almost 3 years ago and i still hang out with most of them fuckers, the funny thing is that was the last time we gathered to talk about wrestling. We even got together to watch Wrestlemania 24 and the most productive thing we did was this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNRGxQMeMSs (yes that fucker is snoring, and yes that's bread in his mouth and forehead. I'm the guy doing the weird voice).

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’

There's no such thing as a typical "anything", wrestling ain't no different from everything else.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?

Athleticism and intelligence. Marketing and creative writing. Characters being exhibited through physical actions.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?

20 years

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?

Wrestling figures, magazines, video games. Too Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?

I bought an 18 DVD order from rohwrestling.com, not that long ago. Watch/read/listen to some wrestling-related stuff most days.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?

Yeah. Sports, music, creative writing, marketing, trivia, reading.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?

100 years of being a significant part of American pop culture

What do you do for a job?

Work in marketing/publications

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?

Not really.

Most people tend to have, at least, fond memories of it. A lot of people are closet wrestling fans or can at least have a conversation about it, on some level.

I don't think girls generally get it.

It is definitely a niche entertainment form but there's no shame in that.


What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?

Kids

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?

Only casual fans. There really isn't as much of a "wrestling community" in the UK.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?

No, no-one around here likes me :'( lol

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?

Neither. I generally don't watch wrestling with others. It's more of a personal thing like reading a book or listening to my own music.

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)

There's always a feeling of community on Wrestlemania night or when someone passes away, for example. Wherever you are in the world.

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.

Haven't got one

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’

There are a multitude of different varieties of wrestling that appeal to people from all parts of society. Wrestling isn't just the WWE just like music isn't just the X-Factor.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
Well there is nothing like it on tv. Its the never know what is going to happen when it is going to happen feeling and you really get that live inside a arena.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?
12 years

If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
I remember the first time I tuned into WWE RAW back in 1999. Now I knew of wrestling but wasn't a fan until that show. I remember the main event was Undertaker vs Kane in a Inferno Match. I remember I couldn't even watched it because I got sick and threw up. I still dont know if it was from watching that match or not but I went and rewatch it and never had that feeling again.

Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
Well, I am very into it. I bought every PPV from Wrestlemania 15(March 1999) until Summerslam(August 2007). Everytime WWE comes to town, I always buy tickets, they came here three times this year, a PPV and two House Shows and I went to both. Spend almost 200 bucks on the PPV tickets though.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
um, dont know.

Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
Wrestling is popular but not as it use to be. It use to be huge but not so much anymore and I think because it is entertaining is the reason for a wide variety of fans.

What do you do for a job?
Own a Drive-In

Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
Um, no not really.

What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
That we are all white trash and rednecks which most of us are not.

Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
When I go to a wrestling show if not than online I do.

Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
Yes, both.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
no and no

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
If your at a Indy show, you feel part of it more than at a WWE show.

Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.
I waited six hours standing in line during a tornado warning to meet Batista.

Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.’

True because wrestling is different to other people. Some fans might like pure wrestling, while some love the entertainment of it.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
The action and excitement. The competition and athleticism.


How long have you been a wrestling fan?
Since about the summer of 1992.


If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
Watching ECW for the first time in 1995. I was shocked and amazed by what I saw. ECW was unlike the cartoon wrestling of the WWF and WCW.


Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
I have a pretty big DVD/VHS collection. Back in the 90's I would record any wrestling that came on TV to blank VHS tapes. From 1996-99 we ordered just about every single wrestling PPV that came on from ECW, WCW & WWF. I've acquired almost every original ECW home video release. I've also been to alot of live shows (mostly ROH).


Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
I guess so.


Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
I don't think it's really so popular these days. Atleast not like it was 10 years ago. I think most people like the characters and the storys. Similar to any good movie or TV show.


What do you do for a job?
I work for Best Buy.


Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
No, I don't really bring it up much at work.


What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
I think now-a-days most people think wrestling is just for kids. I think that's mostly WWE's fault considering just how dumbed down their product is now.


Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
Sure.


Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
Not really. When I go to live shows I tend to talk to people but I never really form friendships.


Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
No and no


How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
Everytime I go to an ROH show I feel like I'm apart of the show.


Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.
In June 2009 I got to meet my teenage hero, Sabu, at an ECW reunion show in Philadelphia at the old ECW arena. I also meet 2 Cold Scorpio, Little Guido, & Axl Rotten. It was a pretty special moment for me considering how big a fan of ECW I was back in the 90's.


Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.
I agree with the statement because everybody is different.
 

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- When done right professional wrestling is gripping, enthralling, edge of your seat entertainment, and I for one like that very much.

- I've been a fan since I was 3 or 4 years old, I am now 23 years old.

- I loved the Bret Hart/Owen Hart feud and anything Ric Flair from WCW in the early 90's.

- I love professional wrestling. I used to buy everything WWF/WCW. as a child. As a young boy I also created my own fantasy promotion and fantasy booked everything. Now I buy things to support independent wrestling promotions.

- I'm not sure if it "fits" or not. I'm into a lot of things.

- I don't believe professional wrestling is actually that popular, however it does appeal to a very diverse audience. For example I have friends who are artists, band members, bartenders, and I even a friend who is a professional boxer, and they all enjoy professional wrestling.

- I am a stand up Comedian, Writer, and part time odd "jobber".

- I have a couple of Anarchistic friends who just don't get it, and they don't want to. I also hear short sighted "it's fake" comments from time to time.

- There are misconceptions that wrestling fans couldn't get laid at a whorehouse during a going out of business sale. And pro wrestling is only for simpletons, rednecks and dullards.

- I do socialize with fellow friends. I have a a handful of very close friends who are pretty big fans. When I'm at shows I usually talk with everyone there, it's kind of like a community.

- I've met a few people at live shows, and even more online.

- I do have a partner , and she does enjoy professional wrestling. Ever since I took her to her first wrestling show in March she's been hooked.

- I do feel like I'm part of a community at Ring of Honor shows, bigger wrestling shows are not as good for that sort of thing.

- I have a connection with my Brothers and my dead Father & Uncle because of professional wrestling. The last time I was with my Uncle Dave was at a Ring of Honor show in Toronto. And I fell in love with my partner at a wrestling show. So I do have a special place in my heart for professional wrestling.

- You get professional wrestling fans from every walk of life, from celebrities and athletes to the working class and business people, professional wrestling offers something for almost everyone, I just wish more people were open minded enough to attend a live event.
 

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What is it about wrestling that attracts you to watching it?
The mix of sport and drama, its unique and exciting.

How long have you been a wrestling fan?
Since November 2005, I was 11 at the time, so 5 years.


If since childhood, do you have any particularly fond wrestling memories?
The first segment I saw, with an Orton/Undertaker promo, as well as my first show, a WWE house show. I've only been to 2 WWE shows so I remember them pretty clearly.


Just how ‘into it’ are you? What kind of extremes have you gone to, what kind of money have you spent?
I'm not as into it as I was a few years back, I only buy DVDs if they're really good (like the Jericho DVD) or dirt cheap. I bought a lot more when I was a bit younger. I've also bought a few things from live shows, and I go to a local indy because I have mates who wrestle on the shows.

Does it ‘fit’ with your other interests?
Yeah, I'm into sport, music and film so I think so.


Why do you believe wrestling is so popular and has such a wide variety of fan?
It's something different, and it's easy to get hooked into it. It's like other TV shows I guess, action and characters attract people.


What do you do for a job?
Student, also work as a referee for the local rugby union, it pays well and I put it around the games I'm playing in.


Do any co-workers, friends etc not ‘get’ your love for wrestling?
Only a few people know, my sister doesn't get it, and a few others. But most who know either don't mind or like it too.


What are some stereotype they have about wrestling fans, or ones that you believe are out there?
That it's for kids and nerds. And that we think it's real. My god, those people who actually think we believe it's real, they have something wrong with them.


Do you socialize with other wrestling fans?
Yeah, I'd say about a dozen or so of my friends like wrestling.


Have you met any new friends through wrestling, whether at an online forum or a live show?
Yes, people who also work with my local indy.

Do you have a partner or children? If so, do they watch wrestling with you?
I don't have a serious partner, so no.

How have you felt like part of a community when at a live show or other event? (like Wrestlemania weekend)
Yeah, it's one of the great things about going to any sort of event, a sports game, movie, wrestling show, whatever, everyone enjoys the same thing as you and you're like a big family almost.


Share any wrestling related story you think might be appropriate for this topic.
Seeing and meeting some of the WWE guys, when they were in town for a show. They were such good blokes, and they even thanked us for waiting until they had time to talk to us, instead of interrupting them. Also getting together with wrestling people to watch PPVs and stuff, it's great fun.


Provide any closing thoughts you may have on the statement ‘There is no such thing as a typical wrestling fan.
It's definately true. People see us as nerdy losers with no friends etc but everyone I know who likes wrestling has a good job, a family, great friends, etc etc, and none of them are fat neckbeards like most people think the IWC is.
 
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