Back on the prior site, we had a few episodes of The Swerve that aired live on YouTube. I would tweet wrestling fans that were either supporters of or were tweeting about whichever guest we had on that evening to help promote the show and invite them to view the broadcast. I’d say something like “Vince Russo is interviewing (name) in 30 mins, here is the link:” and I specifically remember one response I got in return. She said something along the lines of “I like Jim Cornette, so I hate Vince Russo.”
It confuses me as to why people think they have to choose a side in such matters. It is okay to like both! This extends beyond personalities that may have an issue with someone else and is also relevant to wrestling companies. There are wrestling fans that support one company wholeheartedly and wish extinction on the rest. Maybe some of them are reading this today and could explain to me why this is.
I never felt pressured to “choose” between WWF and WCW. Why did I have to? I enjoyed five hours of wrestling every Monday night by supporting both companies. Just because Eric Bischoff would berate the WWF during Nitro broadcasts didn’t mean I was going to do the same and stop watching Raw. Jim Ross could say that WCW was the “seniors tour” all he liked, but I was still going to watch Nitro.
It is okay to enjoy more than one product. Just because you like TNA doesn’t mean you have to hate WWE. You can watch both Lucha Underground and NXT on Wednesday nights. You can like both C.M. Punk and Ryback. You can cheer for both Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns even if the IWC is telling you to pick a side. You don’t have to choose in someone else’s real or imaginary war. If you think Lucha Underground is boring then don’t watch it, but to wish for them to go out of business or just not watch because you feel you can only like NXT is ridiculous. Watch what you enjoy and skip what you don’t. There aren’t any “sides” you have to choose.
It isn’t only wrestling where you see this behavior out of fans. You should see the debate between hardcore Xbox and PlayStation fans who feel the need to tell each other how the other console sucks. Comic book fans that feel the need to choose a side between DC and Marvel would rather hate one company instead of possibly enjoying what both have to offer. There are music competition fans that choose either The Voice or American Idol because they feel the need to pick one over the other.
It is okay to not watch or support things you don’t enjoy. I’m not saying you have to like all wrestling companies or wrestling talent or that you need to go out and buy both a PlayStation and an XBox. I just have an issue when people choose one over the other because they feel it is socially unacceptable to enjoy both.
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