2 wrestlers verbally squaring off. An intense war of words the likes of which are making fans everywhere VERY uncomfortable. The situation continues to escalate until finally, one of the talents just can’t take it anymore.
With his blood boiling and hate in his heart he KNOWS that the time for talking is over.. So he looks deep inside himself, rares back and grabs the first object he cane find and then.. THEN.. click.
He leaves the website. Had ya goin’ there for a sec, huh? Didn’t see that coming at all?
Then maybe you aren’t familiar with the ever growing calibration between professional wrestling and social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc.
With wrestling being a sport based around self promotion, the internet was the logical next step for the industry. From spreading the word about upcoming events, to revealing the results of a card that JUST happened.
To being able to have a heated promo with your most bitter rival on a daily basis. How else in the world would you be able to do this without some help from the worldwide web?
Some people would say you could hit the streets and hang posters, handout flyers and I agree – this will always be an intricate part of the wrestling world.
You should do this to meet the fans and interact, the hands on approach is always great and we all know it takes hard work to run a successful show.
Honestly though, posters and face to face interaction, doesn’t bring in world wide attention. The internet does. The fan interaction aspect of the internet/wrestling connection is above and beyond the MOST magical part of the relationship.
When and where could you have ever had the chance to ask questions of your personal favorite stars of today? How else could you wake up in the morning and possibly have a personal message from an all time legend?
The fact that there is so much more untapped potential that we probably aren’t even close to seeing as of yet, amazes me.
To prove that point, you need look no further than the growing popularity of Ippvs. Basically you can watch a ppv anywhere you want! Anytime you want! How great is that for both the fans and the wrestling business as a whole?
Can you imagine if this whole explosion had been around forever?
Imagine the legendary Tweet battles between Stone Cold and The Rock! The nasty Facebook wall posts the NWO would so obviously leave!
The Horsemen declaring all out war through a status on Myspace! We would know all about Nick Bockwinkle’s breakfast schedule before his cage match for the AWA title against Verne Gagne! Oh the possibilities that could have been!!
There in lies some of the PROBLEMS, with this next level in my humble, but incredibly detailed opinion as well. Is there a such thing, as to much of a good thing?
It’s an old saying, I know – but pretty fitting here I believe. Do we fans need to (Or want to for that matter.) know everything about our favorite superstars personal life?
This is completely just a personal belief here, but if I was in the public eye as much as these athletes, I think I’d like some time to myself. By letting people know where I am at all times, I would think you are setting yourself up to get mobbed by fans and haters alike.
It’s just odd for me to read about one of my favorite wrestlers discussing his thoughts on the newest episode of Jersey Shore that he is watching with his little cousin Timmy from Aunt Fanny’s side of the family, whom Uncle Roger with the gimpy leg brought over for a family barbecue. Wow!
I guess I could be seen as being to nit-picky over this and probably over thinking it. Yes, that might be true.. but c’mon, that’s what people like me do. Hello.. I’m a writer!
Another battle that people involved in the wrestling world receive through this aspect of promotion, is the haters. No matter what you do, say, show or mean.. you are always going to have one of those trolls who takes it upon himself to kill everyone’s joy.
If we really think about it though, is that guy any different than the fan booing you at an event? Why get so pissed at him when he say’s something online?
Would you get mad at him for saying it at a live event? No you wouldn’t. Why? Because he paid to be there and you know he’s a wrestling fan.
Good or bad. Nice or not.. the people you add online are still wrestling fans. (Granted they are apparently the ones who hate EVERYTHING though.) So they to deserve a pass.
After all, everyone needs a good heel to play off of right?!
I guess basically my entire point with this somewhat ranty article is this, At the end of the night isn’t it all about getting your face seen by as many people, promoters and fans as you can in the world of professional wrestling? I think so.
No matter if we like it, hate it or don’t have an opinion on it – the world of wrestling and social media is here to stay.
The endless possibilities of what’s left to come from this union is something that should have us even more excited.
Now if you’ll excuse me.. I hear CM Punk is at a Dunkin’ Doughnuts in Chicago.. I HAVE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT!