can people not chant what they want? It literally affects no one else. You just described someone paying all that to go to a show then called them assholes for chanting someone's name, who cares?
“It literally affects no one else.”
Firstly, thank you for the rundown on what my post said, as if I needed a play by play of my own words. Secondly, you’re wrong. I rarely will say that someone’s opinion is wrong, but you are wrong. In professional wrestling, athletes work their asses off to get to the point that they’re TV ready and performing in front of crowds on a weekly basis. There are countless hours at the gym and practicing in rings, and for some, years leading up to even getting the chance to practice in the WWE. Take guys like Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and several others. These are wrestlers who worked for a decade before getting to the WWE, so that they could sit in cars and airplanes for hours, be away from their families, away from their friends, their homes, pets, and so they can sit around backstage all night trying to stay sane, healthy, etc. and then spend 20 minutes getting kicked in the head, ribs, slammed on their backs, potentially blowing out several joints and tearing muscles only to have some shitbag wrestling fans chant a wrestler’s name because LOLOLOLOL IT’S FUN TO TROLL.
Bro, fuck you, honestly. You think it affects no one? You’ve never been at a show where a promoter says to you, “Look, this is where we’re going over the next month with this story.” and thought to yourself, “Well, that’s fucking stupid, but I’m getting paid and these people know what works.” Then, to have go out and do shit that you know crowds will hate, that you know won’t work out as planned, and to give it your all anyway just to have people shit all over your match that you worked your fucking ass off on because they dislike the idea. Today, wrestling fans are both the best and worst that they’ve ever been, in that the average fan knows enough about wrestling that they “get” what’s going on, but they treat it one of two ways: either they’re cool with it, they support it, and they try to understand that there’s a bigger picture, or they behave like children. Fans who chant “CM Punk” at shows are basically saying “ahhhh fuck this shit, I don’t care about these wrestlers busting their asses for me, move along”. It’s horseshit. If someone has a problem with something, they need to realize a few things:
1. You are not the only fan in attendance. Every wrestling fan is different. Every fan has their own preferences, whether it be female wrestlers, luchadors, powerhouses, technicians, hardcore guys, tag teams, gimmick matches, whatever. I like it all, personally, but everybody’s different. To say that your favorite style of wrestling or your favorite matches are the only ones that should be featured is not only selfish, it’s fucking disrespectful.
2. Unless you’re involved in professional wrestling, you do not know what it’s like. Think about Natalya, right? A gal who grew up watching her dad bust his ass for decades, who went to Japan and trained meticulously to be one of the best wrestlers in the game, and to be featured on TV as a Total Diva or in a gimmick where she farts all the time. That should put things into perspective, but if not… Wrestlers don’t get what they want. They don’t. Hell, the guy that this is focused around, CM Punk, left because he didn’t get what he wanted. He got the longest title reign in DECADES, had a WrestleMania match against The Undertaker, defended the WWE Championship against everybody and was only finally beaten by The fucking ROCK, and headlined in arenas around the world, and he STILL didn’t get what he wanted. What relevancy that has to my point is that you aren’t getting what you want, so imagine how they feel. A lot of times, and I’ve heard it said more in wrestling than anywhere else in life, wrestlers are forced to make chicken salad out of chicken shit, and if someone’s busting their ass in the ring 5 nights a week, show them some fucking respect and appreciation, or don’t come to shows.
3. Your trolling is ruining the experience for others. There are wrestling fans of all ages who are new to the sport. People’s kids, new relationships and friendships with others, and many other reasons why a WWE event might be someone’s first. Now imagine this is your first event, you’re REALLY getting into it, and some asshole nearby starts a CM Punk chant. You ask, “Who’s that? Is he/she in the match?” and someone says “Oh no, he use to wrestle but he hates wrestling now.” Suddenly, that whole “I’m bitter” story has to get told and said new fan is now exposed to something that was specific to ONE GUY. Now, to this person, it’s okay to just hate something and be an asshole about it. Fine, if that’s how you want to live, but think about a little kid who’s fucking PUMPED to see The Usos, or the cruiserweights, or the women’s matches, and they hear the crowd totally turn on the show and chant “CM Punk”. Congratulations, little kid: your favorite wrestler that you looked forward to seeing live for the last month or two is getting shit on. Enjoy that.
The bottom line is, people are getting awarded or defended for being douchebags and it’s absolutely ridiculous. Nobody should disrespect the athletes or the shows that they attend. There’s no “well, they paid money to do so” argument here: If you go to a show, and you enjoy shitting on the product, you’re a fucking asshole. We (and I say ‘we’ because I do this shit too) work our asses off to give you the best of our abilities. If you disrespect what I do, I have nothing but disdain for you, and I guarantee I’m not the only one who feels this way.