I am a wrestling fan.  

Since Bob Backlund lost the WWF World Championship to the Iron Sheik.  Since Ric Flair first defeated Harley Race for the NWA World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  My first live wrestling show was the NWA Bunkhouse Stampede held at the Nassau Coliseum in 1988.

I am a wrestling fan.

I’ve seen great shows, not-so-great shows, injuries, title changes.  I’ve been shocked, entertained, bored.

I am a wrestling fan.

I worked for several independent wrestling companies, most recently Victory Pro Wrestling, because I enjoy the other side of the curtain.

I am a wrestling fan.

And as a wrestling fan, I find other fans to be hostile against the product.  I recently found myself on a Facebook wrestling group page, and after that week’s RAW show, which was a pretty decent show that week, all everyone could do was trash the product.

I don’t get that.  I love wrestling, and I am always interested in seeing other product.  I watch WWE shows, try to watch TNA programming, and scour the web to see matched from other companies and countries.  I don’t like everything I see, and I can be critical, but some of the fans I see take it so personal, as if Vince McMahon were betraying them personally.

Do fans of Rookie Blue curse up a storm when their favorite character gets shot at and then bash everyone involved with the show’s production and writing teams? I don’t think so.  Why do wrestling fans get so angry, then?

Being a ring announcer, I do admit I have a slight understanding and insight as to what may be happening in the show, but I try to keep my knowledge of the overall programming to a need-to-know basis.

Because even as a ring announcer, I am a wrestling fan.  I like to be enjoyed by wrestling shows.

But Lord help me if John Cena wins the WWE Championship on Monday’s 1,000th RAW.

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