Professional Wrestling has brought fans from all around the world together, to celebrate the greatest sport on earth. From different cultures, lifestyles, and ages, they sit in the audience and cheer and boo alike. We all have a favorites and we all have that one wrestler that we just want to get a chair shot. But we do all of this as a group, as people with the same passion. We are the most unique fans in the world.
As we watched the launch of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) we saw different styles of wrestling, various wrestlers, and an overall eclectic collection of people celebrating something new under one roof. Many of us that watched might be more “hardcore” fans that watch wrestling from all over the world and from multiple promotions, so some of these wrestlers weren’t exactly new to us. We have seen them wrestle in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Ring of Honor (ROH), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Impact, and so on. We know who they are and what they are about, but we have to remember just like AEW many of the fans we will be encountering going forward, from Double or Nothing, are new as well. They might not be all that familiar with some of the wrestlers or what they are about.
I’ve seen and heard the more “hardcore” fans mock, or belittle new fans just because they didn’t know who someone was, or try to impress people by pointing out that “wrestler x” use to be “wrestler a” in another promotion. Let us all just agree now that that kind of stuff needs to stop. The pro wrestling world is changing, and we need to as well. AEW is bringing together all of these unique cultures and fans into one group and under one roof, so let them be the example. We need to accept all fans, new and old, as part of our family. We need to help each other and be kind to one another. We will still all have are opinions, and thats fine, just don’t let your “wrestling knowledge” give you the perception that your opinion is the best. Let these new fans in, and let them enjoy professional wrestling, just like we all do. So next time a wrestler is announced to join a company or walks out to perform in the ring, and the person next to you says, “Who is that?” Don’t make fun of them or make them feel bad for not knowing who Chris Jericho is, just tell them who it is and explain what they are about. If that new fan wants, suggest some matches or promos for them to watch when they get home so they can learn more about the wrestlers they are watching for the first time.
It doesn’t take much to be a good person, it really doesn’t. Now with the culture that Cody and Brandi Rhodes, along with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, are creating, lets not forget that we are all wrestling fans at heart. That is all that should matter. No matter where we come from or how much we know about pro wrestling, we are all in this experience together. So lets make it an ALL ELITE ONE!