Most of you know me as the guy who knows facts about the WWE during WrestleRoyalty’s WWE discussion chat. Some of you may know that I have written a few poems or nursery rhymes for WrestleRoyalty, too. What you may not have known is that I used to write articles for Kendra, when she ran another WWE site. I haven’t written anything, other than a few poems, in a while. But at Wrestlemania 36, we had 2 matches that had me thinking. They were the Boneyard match and the Firefly Fun House match.
Now, I don’t want to write why I loved those two matches or whatever you want to call them. I, also, don’t want to write why you should love those two matches. Your opinion is your opinion. You can like the matches or dislike the matches, all you want. It does seem, that majority of the people like them. But I have seen a few, who haven’t. The reasoning seems to be it makes them embarrassed to be a wrestling fan.
I hear or read that, a lot. When something isn’t good in wrestling, a fan will say, “That makes me embarrassed to be a wrestling fan.” I’m going to say something that I used to hate when people said it to me. WRESTLING IS FAKE. When someone said that to me, I’d be like, “No, wrestling isn’t fake, it’s predetermined. It’s not fake they can still get hurt.” I’m sure most of you have said that, too.
Wrestling fans (and wrestlers, too) look at fake like it’s a bad word. But I started thinking about it. I love Walt Disney World. I have been there many times in my life. I was going to go in June until quarantine happened. One of my favorite rides is the Haunted Mansion. I know that they are fake ghosts in the Haunted Mansion. I still enjoy the ride and don’t have to say they are predetermined ghosts.
Wrestlers can get hurt. We have seen it happen time and time again. So, why would I say it was fake? During the filming of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Tom Cruise broke his ankle. He got injured making a movie. He was playing a FAKE secret agent and got hurt. So just because something is fake, doesn’t mean you can’t get hurt. Yes, wrestlers get hurt more often than movie stars do. But we don’t know how often stunt people in movies get hurt. You don’t hear about them but what they are doing is fake and they get hurt, too.
So, I have come to accept that wrestling is fake. Because if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t watch it. I fell in love with wrestling because anything can happen. I am going to embrace the fake. Takeovers can hold some of the best wrestling on any WWE shows. But if I was not a wrestling fan, I’d think, I would understand more why wrestling fans loved Boneyard match and Firefly Fun House match over a Takeover match.
Trying to look through the eyes of a non-wrestling fan Is hard for someone who has been a wrestling fan since the eighties. But I have family who aren’t wrestling fans. So, the bizarreness and the wackiness of the Boneyard and Firefly Fun House match, I think a non-wrestling fan be like, “That’s not my thing, but I kind of see why you like it.” But for a Takeover match, a non-wrestling fan would be like, “Wait they are putting their bodies on the line for a match that is decided by a booker?” Now, I am a wrestling fan, so I get why.
Now, most of you, probably will disagree with me on that. Maybe, I changed some of your minds. This is just my opinion. I decided recently that I know longer am going to hate the word fake. I’m going to embrace that wrestling is fake. Because if wrestling wasn’t fake, then I wouldn’t have got to enjoy matches like the Boneyard Match and the Firefly Fun House match.