We cover a lot of nerdclinations here at TheChristianNerd. There is a lot of Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTR, Marvel, video game, Firefly and Doctor Who talk. I consider myself well versed in a lot of different nerdclinations, though have turned a blind eye to anime and The Walking Dead. There is another nerdclination that doesn’t get a lot of attention even though it is very close to my heart.
World Wrestling Entertainment.
Some might argue that the WWE doesn’t really count as a nerdclination. They might say that the WWE isn’t that nerdy, it’s just a bunch of meatheads in spandex throwing each other around. As someone who was very invested in the WWE for years, I can attest that it definitely is a nerdclination. Wrestling fans are some of the most committed and most obsessed.
Being a Star Wars nerd means watching some movies, reading some books and taking in a few episodes of The Clone Wars. Being a WWE nerd means watching at least four hours of television a week, staying up on myriad storylines, paying $70 a month for pay per views and buying a ticket for any live event within driving distance of your home.
Being a WWE nerd takes a lot of time and dedication, which I was more than happy to offer from 1999-2006.
Over the course of those seven years I watched thousands of hours of WWE programming. Every Monday night my friends and I would gather to cheer on our favorite wrestlers and dissect each of the soap operatic storylines. We would pop when a wrestler leapt from the top of the cage and cringe when another wrestler stumbled through his interview. We knew it was fake but the friendships I formed because of wrestling were and still are very real.
I never watched wrestling alone; it was always a communal event. There was often a group of at least five or six for Monday Night Raw and upwards of 15 people for the pay per view events. I don’t remember all of the conversations my friends and I had while watching matches. But, like most good friendships, how we spent the time wasn’t as important as the fact that we were spending time together.
I know professional wrestling is violent, sensual and misogynistic. But for all its negatives, I also know that it was the backdrop for some of my best friendships. The two best men at my wedding became my best men, in part, because of professional wrestling. Hours spent in front of the TV led to hours of meaningful conversations. Countless live wrestling events led to being there for each other through countless life events.
The WWE may not be the most edifying entertainment choice but I’ll never discredit the friendships it helped produce in my life.
And that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.
Did you go through a professional wrestling phase? If so, how was it?