If anyone has been on social media this week, you’ve noticed some talk about WrestleMania. It was brought to my attention in my first class Monday morning taught by Kyle Belanger about how big WrestleMania has become as well as all the hype around it.
As a 20-year old female, I’m not all that in touch with my John Cena side, except when they get my order wrong at Dunkin. As a result, I’m not very familiar with WrestleMania or anything that it entails. When I hear the word “WrestleMania,” I just think of two guys beating each other up to win a fight that a bunch of people are going crazy about. I think “Isn’t that what interrupts me watching Law and Order: SVU every Monday night” when in fact it is the weekly WWE show. WrestleMania is completely different from a female’s point of view.
What I do know is that my friend Ty Mosher is a very big fan of WrestleMania, and he filled me in on everything I was clearly missing out on. Little did I know that it is the most watched live event every year and most tweeted about televised event since the existence of twitter. He explained it to me as the super bowl of wrestling, a culmination of a series of story lines on WWE. The WWE uses this event not only to entertain diehard fans, but also reaches out to casual fans to get more people to tune in.
In the wrestling world, or in the world of WWE, this stuff is a big deal. While I was sitting on my bed watching The Internship on HBO, people in 167 countries were taking part in the biggest event of the year. The hashtag WrestleMania was the number one hashtag for twelve hours while I was looking at the tweets from the iHeart radio music awards and the season finale of The Walking Dead.
I was thinking that these events were fake but I was immediately corrected. It’s not fake; it’s scripted. I ended up watching the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Title Match on the WWE network website. The men fighting in it were very attractive men, in my personal opinion, so it immediately caught my attention. I couldn’t believe how these two men were just beating up on one another, but I found myself yelling at the screen. They did their job and got a reaction out of me; by the end my jaw had literally dropped.
I have watched the show on E! about women wrestlers called “Total Divas”, and that was the extent of my knowledge. I really just watched a couple episodes and thought that these women were crazy and never want to be on their bad side. The point being, these people take this particular sport very seriously.
I still have a lot of questions about this sport like how they’re bleeding but aren’t actually being hit. Or how you can go into one of these matches knowing you’re going to lose. I don’t understand a lot of things about this sport or this particular event, but I will admit it is pretty entertaining.
It’s pretty scary watching these 250-pound men flying at each other and slamming one another on the ground for entertainment. That must hurt. I actually imagined what it would be like if I was one of them and realized I would be better off for the rest of my life never imagining something like that again.
The moral of WrestleMania from my point of view is that it’s something a lot of people really care about, but I’ll continue to watch whatever movie is on HBO or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because there is something about other people’s drama that is so entertaining. I think the people who tune into WrestleMania will certainly be entertained and have something to talk or tweet about, but all of the violence and big scary men isn’t really my cup of tea. I’d rather watch rich women fight with each other about their fake problems and throw glasses of wine at one another, maybe because I’m a female or maybe because I’m not the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s of the world.
At the end of the day, whether you like your reality TV like the Bachelor, or dramas like Grey’s Anatomy or wrestling on WWE, we can all agree it’d be pretty cool to see John Cena around campus, but not against you in a ring.