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I was literally about to post this in a topic that just propped up in Gen-WWE which was basically about a typical "do you wear WWE shirts in public", but thought I'd post it here for a somewhat serious discussion.

No offence but why do you care? There's quite alot of people on this forum or that I've met in alternate online communities that are seriously insecure about watching wrestling or another hobby they might have. I find it really sad that you'd watch something that you're embarrassed about. I'm 20 and I'm a geek, I love technology and gadgets, I play MMORPGs, I play Piano + Guitar, I watch animated stuff and I watch wrestling, I'm open about it and have never had any bad encounters with it. If someone doesn't like something you do, I go by the attitude that me and that person are just not meant to happen.

My group of friends are your typical group of average joes, they play games but not to the extent I do, we go out on a friday night, we've all had/are in long-term relationships, probably play a game of football now and then on a sunday, a handful of us dedicate thursdays to gym night. They all know about my hobbies, they all used to watch WWE/F when they were pre-teens etc and we all grew out of it as if it was just a fad. Only early last year I got back into WWE, I brought it up to a few of them and was like "so I started watching again, it's pretty cool, give it a try". All of them were against the idea of it, associated it with kids, had a laugh about it and moved on.

I hate the cliché of "lolz I live life to the fullest" but I literally do not adjust my personality for anyone, it's witty and sarcastic and be it someone i'm meeting, a date, or a job interview (for the record I'm in full time employment) I won't adjust myself to whatever place I may be in.

My friends don't necessarily agree with the things I do in my private life but they do accept them, which leads me to ask why people seem to have a hard time admitting to people (in this case) that they watch pro-wrestling. If you feel embarrassed or that you have to hide it then surely subconsciously you think it's wrong.

Are you someone that hides the fact you watch pro-wrestling? Explain.
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without reading the post i can tell you that it all has to stem from early WWF.

The Hogan/Ultimate Warrior era for the most part had the most homoerotic wrestling with every single fan yelling "LET GO OF THE HAMMERLOCK AND FUCKING KILL THE GUY ALREADY BAAHBLAH"

Seriously really sweaty muscular guys would hammerlock eachother for 5 minutes grunting faking pain and the other guy would grunt wildly and apply pressure. Finish the match off with a clothesline or something and move on to the next two.

I always let everyone know i watched wrestling. When i was a kid we had DX, the corporation and the ministry. Three serious badass groups who did badass things like a flock of murder. which is what you a call a pack of ravens or is it crows, i forget but you get it. then to top that off we had the wolfpack over at WCW.

These badasses would kick WCW and NWO's ass while wearing red and with the gangsta Konnan leading in the swagger front. It was badass to be a prowrestling fan when I was a kid and I pretty much stopped watching after the whole Chris Benoit thing and it was THE big talk around here cause i was in Edmonton at the time soo. I never had this problem. John Cena fan?
 

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I'm a closet wrestling fan. I post here all the time, and watch it. Really only my close friends know that i'm a wrestling fan. IDK why i don't tell people, I openly love anime/cartoons, but wrestling is much more embarassing or something
 

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I brought up WWE in an Economics class as an example of a company that has a majority of the power over an industry, and one of the first things people brought up was that it was fake.

Yeah, that's why.
:lmao. So people thought because the actual wrestling is scripted the whole company is scripted? :lmao.

Anyway I'm somewhat insecure because It just seems embarrassing to be watching it after a certain age (I'm 19). It's like a 20 something year old playing with a Action man. It just doesn't seem right and your more than likely to be dissed for it.
 

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:lmao. So people thought because the actual wrestling is scripted the whole company is scripted? :lmao.

Anyway I'm somewhat insecure because It just seems embarrassing to be watching it after a certain age (I'm 19). It's like a 20 something year old playing with a Action man. It just doesn't seem right and your more than likely to be dissed for it.
I see where you're coming from, but surely you're hanging with the wrong crowd if they're not willing to accept what you enjoy.
 

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I brought up WWE in an Economics class as an example of a company that has a majority of the power over an industry, and one of the first things people brought up was that it was fake.

Yeah, that's why.
Yep, it's having to explain it to people, the same people who will accept the most ridiculous things in a tv show or movie but somehow have a problem with a worked wrestling match. I just can't be bothered anymore so I don't bring it up.
 

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As an Adult I don't know too many other adults who watch or even care about it anymore even if they ever did watch (in fact I think i'm reaching that point myself) so I usually just don't ever talk about it unless i'm on here.

And 95% of Wrestling shirts are just fucking awful looking in general, if its a decent looking design maybe i'd wear it but i'm not wearing an awful shirt with a half naked guy on the front and a stupid catchphrase on the back in public. I think the only Wrestling shirt I still have are my Chris Hero shirt which is just his logo on the front and another ROH shirt that just has writing on it.
 

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I dont understand it either. Im in the Uk where its not as popular and well known, particuarly for girls (which i am) to be watching it. I share your philosophy of not changing how you are to please someone! I wear my wrestling shirt (Its TNA not WWE but hey) all the time and i still have all my posters etc up! Ive even just written an essay about Jeff Hardys art work and how he creates his own wrestling merchandise and stuff for my A-Level (my teacher was not too impressed with the idea of me using a wrestler but his style fitted my project about abstract portraiture for Art- Textiles!
I have had people laugh at me about it before, even friends but hey, its not the only reson they laugh! Im 17, have pink hair, drive a 1973 mini, spend my spare time watching wrestling and doing oil paintings and watching horror films! I too would say im a geek given i found myself in the medieval history section of a book shop the other day for an hour with my friend just looking at the books! plus ive always had an obsession with dinosaurs and recently tattooed myself a stegosaurus!
I think more people should accept them selves for who they are, if you dont noone else will! Im glad you manage to! :)
 

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I see where you're coming from, but surely you're hanging with the wrong crowd if they're not willing to accept what you enjoy.
Meh.. I know a few of my friends who still watch it and I talk to them about it a bit but aside from them and my GF no one really knows I watches it and I just don't bring it up.

No I just brought up it up as an example, and someone went completely off topic, saying that it's fake. I wasn't going to argue with him, I honestly don't care enough.
Ahh my mistake. Yeah I understand. Never understood the whole "It's fake" argument. Like the Movies and TV shows they watch are real.
 

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my closest friends know i watch wrestling and iam not ashamed to talk to them about it even though they don't watch it anymore :/ now when it comes to meeting new ppl, its extremly hard for me to ask like some new person iam meeting if they watch wrestling. cuz i know the answer will probably be "no" and i will look like a complete ass out of myself for asking it cuz wrestling now adays is not really anything to be proud of watching now is it
 

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I go to school, at school you are popular or disliked, there is no real middle ground, I am popular but if someone found out you watched wrestling, everyone would instantly brand you as "gay" or some shit like that. So yeah, I don't tell anyone fore the sake of having a social life.
 

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Most people just aren't open minded enough to appreciate why someone might enjoy wrestling. As Bob Dylan put it you shouldn't "criticise what you don't understand."

Fair enough for the people who just can't get into it but if you just look at something from the outside and just go "that's fake" it shows a real lack of insight.
 

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Most people just aren't open minded enough to appreciate why someone might enjoy wrestling. As Bob Dylan put it you shouldn't "criticise what you don't understand."

Fair enough for the people who just can't get into it but if you just look at something from the outside and just go "that's fake" it shows a real lack of insight.
Agreed. Especially about them being simple minded. Everybody I've met who looks down on wrestling for being "fake" also thinks that putting on a match doesn't hurt, because it's "fake." lol.

I've never been one to hide my love for the business. I bring it up all the time, and have turned quite a few of my friends into wrestling fans throughout the years.

Plus, everyone in my life knows that I'm training to be a pro wrestler, so I guess it's a bit of a different perspective for me at this point.

I do agree OP, wrestling fans are way too insecure about it. Shouldn't care what people think about you, especially if they're going to judge you based on what you watch and find entertaining.
 

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I'm a closet wrestling fan. I post here all the time, and watch it. Really only my close friends know that i'm a wrestling fan. IDK why i don't tell people, I openly love anime/cartoons, but wrestling is much more embarassing or something
Pretty much describes me as well (minus the anime). I have a couple friends who like wrestling too that I talk to about it, but other than that I don't talk much about it. I readily talk about having watched it during the Attitude Era but don't do much to promote the fact that I still watch it now. Just with WWE being the way it is as a kid-oriented product it is a little embarrassing to like it, frankly. But I see no shame in being a "closet" wrestling fan. Everybody is into something they don't want anyone to know about. Porn, gambling, or some other sick shit, take your pick. Wrestling obviously isn't like those things, but it's sometimes perceived to be just as bad.

So while I really don't care what anyone thinks of me liking wrestling, I don't go out of my way to bring it up.
 

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My dad doesn't like wrestling but he respects wrestlers for being talented athletes and understands its appeal. I don't mind that as a viewpoint but to just dismiss something off the bat is kind of odd really. There's loads of things I'm not necessarily into but I don't go around lambasting and belittling various professions.
 
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