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What Kind Of Wrestling Fan Are You?

Discussion in 'Wrestling Forum' started by Maxximus, Apr 7, 2012.

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What Kind Of Wrestling Fan Are You?

  1. Hardcore Fan

    14.8%
  2. Old-School Fan

    18.5%
  3. Pure Wrestling Fan

    25.9%
  4. Casual Fan

    11.1%
  5. The Entertainment Fan

    25.9%
  6. The Smark

    37.0%
  7. Other

    33.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Maxximus

    Maxximus Chaotic Good Subscriber Forum Leader

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    This idea is half my own and half of something I found on this thing called the internets.

    With a wide variety of posters here on TWO, I thought it was about time we find out a little more about each other. What I want to know specifically - what kind of fan do you think you are? I've added a poll, 'cause polls are awesome. Seriously, who doesn't like a good poll?

    Feel free to choose from one of the options below, or choose your own. If you choose other, please leave a brief description in the form of a reply to this thread.

    I'll give each option a little breakdown.

    Hardcore Fan

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    By this, I'm not talking about a die hard that lives, breathes and eats pro wrestling. I'm talking about 'hardcore' wrestling. The blood guts and trash can matches that you could find in ECW, CZW, IWA-mid south, etc. It doesn't matter if it is Necro Butcher or Mick Foley, hardcore wrestlers have their loyal fans who make what they do seem worth while, even if it isn't.

    Old-School Fans

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    These would be guys like Beltmark, Fatherof10, Franchise, etc. Who either grew up in the 80's, or just love the 'golden territory days', birth of Hulkamania and rise of WWF. The ones who think it was the best back when they first started watching, or just fans who have been jilted by the current product in some way.

    Old-School fans are often critical of today's wrestlers, but they still watch them to see if anything can compare.

    Pure Wrestling Fans

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    Best way to describe this category would be ROH fans and spot marks. These are the people who want to see the best in-ring action all the time. Pure wrestling fans also don't care for blood in matches unless it happens naturally. Blading has become less common these days because it is not only bad to cut yourself, but it is not good for the longevity of someone's career.

    Casual Fans

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    Some people like wrestling, but they don't love it or even make an effort to keep up with the week-to-week storylines and angles.

    This might be the largest portion of the audience because most people don't even like to admit they watch wrestling, let alone love it.

    The Entertainment Fan

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    The Entertainment fan is someone who loves characters like Santino, Doink the Clown and The Bushwackers the most.

    They watch wrestling for its absurdity and its extravagance. This might be mostly the child fans, but there are plenty of adults who would cheer for Santino over Triple H. OK, maybe not plenty, but a few.

    The Smark

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    The term "mark" is used in movies by grifters as well to describe their victim, but in wrestling there is another term which describes the fans who know about all of the backstage happenings as well as being able to tell the real from the fake.

    Smarks like to be knowledgeable in the real life behind the fiction. Knowing the real names of wrestlers, who they are really married to, how they feel about their co-workers and which wrestlers are in trouble are the kinds of things these fans like to know.


    So, what kind of fan are you? Vote and leave a reply post. Remember, you can be any combination, but choose the one that you feel is most dominate. If your choice isn't on the list. Feel free to select other and leave a brief post saying what that is.

    BONUS QUESTION!

    This quote from the Almighty Boyo is what gave me the idea for this thread in the first place. The bonus question is this: Do you ever use 'smark' terms outside of wrestling? I know it makes me a fanboy, but I've used mark, work and shoot to describe things that have nothing to do with wrestling. I'll also say something like, "He's got the color." While watching a movie and someone is bleeding all over the place.

    So tell me, forum. What the hell are you?
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  2. Will O the Wisp

    Will O the Wisp New Member

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    By your descriptions, I am a Pure Wrestling Fan with a sprinkle of Entertainment Fan.
     
  3. Horowitz

    Horowitz New Member

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    I use wrestling terms outside wrestling all the time lol :D

    I voted smark because I like alot of behind the scenes stuff, but I also like the old school and pure wrestling descriptions too.
    At best I would say all 3.:thumbup:
     
  4. Laffy

    Laffy Wales forever!!! Subscriber

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    I am a mixture of Hardcore fan and a pure wrestling fan. Although I do love watching my old DVDs from the eighties so over all I am just a wrestling fan I love it. Still watch RAW and every PPV although some I don't watch all live. I want to go back to the good old times to me 1999-2007 I loved it all. Never missed aRAW or Smackdown and always watch a DVD of this era every night.
     
  5. Maxximus

    Maxximus Chaotic Good Subscriber Forum Leader

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    As much as I'd just like to be a casual fan, there's no getting around the fact that I'm a Smark.
     
  6. Phil

    Phil New Member

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    I think I'm a mix of Smark and Casual. I'm really interested in what goes on behind the scenes, whilst very rarely giving two hoots about what goes on in the ring.

    As for the bonus question, I always use smark terms at work. It makes me feel clever and makes it appear I have insider knowledge of the wrestling industry to my completely disinterested co-workers.
     
  7. Jierda

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    Im some kind of a mix between a Hardcore fan, Entertainment fan and a Smark. I like knowing about all the behind the scenes stuff, but then I also like the ECW style bloody matches and all the silly comedy stuff like Santino.
     
  8. Dante Spears

    Dante Spears New Member

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    I'm a mix. I have smark-ish qualities, I'm not in love with following every aspect of wrestling every week, I enjoy some of the entertainment aspects but I despise stuff like Santino
     
  9. Jamster26

    Jamster26 Well-Known Member Subscriber

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    Good thread, Max.

    I'd say I'm a mixture of three: Hardcore Fan, (just love the whole weapon thing), Pure Wrestling fan (who doesn't appreciate a technically sound wrestler. Someone like Kurt Angle, I could watch over and over again. (Sorry Jimmy :lol:).

    But perhaps strangely, I think i fall under the old school fan category, because although I wasn't around for the WCW / WWF, when I watch guys like Sting, Undertaker, Jeff Jarrett nowadays, I appreciate their history in wrestling and what they have accomplished, even though I wasn't aware at that time; allot more than I appreciate the newish wrestlers, who don't have that history.
     
  10. Chris2K

    Chris2K Well-Known Member

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    I'm a smark foremost, then a 50/50 mix of pure wrestling and entertainment. My favourite wrestlers are Punk, Bryan and Jericho, but I'd rather watch a Brodus Clay squash 100 times than watch a match between two guys I've never heard of in RoH or DGUSA. Essentially I'd like to watch a good match between people I'm emotionally invested in through the entertainment side of wrestling.
     
  11. etz

    etz Well-Known Member

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    I'm more or less equal parts Old School, Pure Wrestling, Entertainment and Smark, with a side order of casual. Weird to say, but it's true.

    Like a casual, I can totally live without wrestling, in fact, I mostly do. I don't follow the weekly shows past reviews and the occasional youtube if something sounds interesting.

    When I do watch the show, I'm after something interesting. That can be Santino or it can be a technical display, I'm not really bothered, as long as it's well done.

    I'm old school in as much as wrestling was better in the 80's. It just was. That's not actually much to do with the product, at all, because production is better now, but it's to do with wrestling's place in culture... in as much as it had one, whereas now it really doesn't.

    More than anything though, I like to know what's actually going on, who got a DUI or had a restraining order issued etc. Like the stereotype of the self-hating jew, I hate what the internet has done to wrestling, how it's completely killed kayfabe, and yet, at the same time, I want to know what's going on.
     
  12. Ciaran The King

    Ciaran The King Legend in the making Subscriber

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    I'd describe myself as a pure wrestling fan first and foremost and then a hardcore smark.
     
  13. dsrchris

    dsrchris Am disappoint, son Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    I voted "other". I've been informed that since I've been the other side of the curtain I'm technically an insider.
     
  14. Ciaran The King

    Ciaran The King Legend in the making Subscriber

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    You could be in danger, be careful who you talk to
     
  15. Burakiosaurus

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    **** that, i'm not pigeon holing myself into a category

    i'm a wrestling fan, i love it all
     
  16. Maxximus

    Maxximus Chaotic Good Subscriber Forum Leader

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    YOU PICK A CATEGORY AND STICK WITH IT DAMMIT!
     
  17. Da Showstoppa

    Da Showstoppa New Member

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    I'd be best described as an "Old School" fan (class of 99 - 2003 I would say) but I do like to know the backstage workings too. I was pretty much as into it as you could be up until Wrestlemania 26. I rediscovered a love of wrestling just after Survivor Series last year - but it's not the passion I once had.

    As for using pro wrestling terms in everyday vernacular - I do quite a bit, mostly using the term "over" as in "Fergie is playing Giggs in central midfield again - that's going to get over with the fans" (sarcastic)
     
  18. Jimmy Redman

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    This is so true that I'm stealing it and pretending I thought of it first.

    As far as the categories go I went for 'smark' and 'entertainment', but I dont think it quite covers it all, because (contrary to how I probably come across sometimes) I really do love my workrate as well. I wouldnt say I was 'pure wrestling' though, because it seems that option is talking about a genre or style of wrestling rather than just the idea of liking good matches (who is there who is like "No, I dont like good matches"?).

    I think, if anything, my third box would be something like 'WWE fan', but making it sound as less fanboyish as possible. Its just that what WWE presents and the style in which they present it is generally what interests me the most. But more to the point, WWE is what I am most emotionally invested in, and that is what does it really.

    In terms of using wrestling terms, I do. I use babyface and heel and over and stuff like that, things that can be equated to other aspects of life. And no, nobody understands me.
     
  19. John Hancock

    John Hancock Well-Known Member Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    I picked "other", the only wrestling right now I have any real interest in is lucha libre, and that wasn't up there. I'm a lucha fan.
     
  20. ShaolinHandLock

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    I fit into every category except casual. :p

    I've been a big fan of hardcore wrestling since I first saw it. I guess you could say that I have a bias towards it, in a way. I enjoy it very very much so. Hardcore matches and deathmatches, with the blood, big bumps, insane gimmicks, and always a certain degree of unpredictability. Yes, I really enjoy it.

    I like old-school wrestling, and while I didn't 'live through' the era, I still enjoy watching it and discovering new things about it. Heck, only a few days ago I watched a match on YouTube from the 1930's. I saw a match featuring Gorgeous George, from the late 50's/early 60's era, and I enjoyed it immensly. Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan's work from the 1980's is simply fun to watch. Yeah, I really do enjoy watching old-school wrestling, even though it was "before my time" as some people would say.

    I really enjoy pure wrestling too. Bryan Danielson and others of his style, wrestling technical classics and the like. I don't know about the 'not caring for blood' thing though, although when watching "pure" wrestling matches it doesn't bother me either way. Which makes bringing it up in the first place seem pointless.

    I'm an entertainment fan, but not really a fan of Santino at all. I really enjoy the sheer nuttyness of the Japanese entertainment promotions, they are nothing but fun. Other than that, there are quite a few entertainment things the WWE has done which I have really enjoyed, but I'm still not really a fan of Santino.

    I'll freely admit to being a smark, but I'm not one of those snobby smarks who takes workrate and pro-wrestling on a whole way too seriously.

    I also voted other, partly for the same reason as John Hancock, as I'm a lucha fan, but I'll extend that to all forms of pro-wrestling. Except backyarding - that doesn't count, and it sucks.

    Bonus Question: YES! :lol:

    I use face/heel as terms at times. Same with bumping, whenever I'm watching a movie with someone going through a table or something, I compare it to a pro-wrestling bump. :p

    I've also used some of the other 'smark' terms outside of wrestling, but not too often.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012

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