The world we live in is a tricky place. Each and every day, it seems like there’s more bad news and tragedy outpouring from our news reporters and television stations, and all this has cast a sickly grayish pallor over society.
People are sinking into the doom and gloom of the world around them, and there’s seemingly becoming little in the way of positivity among us all. So quick to harp on the negatives, so quick to dismiss the positive aspects of everyday life.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just a real-world problem, this has crossed over and permeated our little wrestling bubble, as well.
I, like most of your typical wrestling fans, spend a lot of time on Twitter, perhaps too much so. It’s a hub for wrestling fans and content creators to link up and express opinions on the sport we all love and cherish, and a much-needed medium of communication for a lot of men and women.
But the popular social media platform isn’t without its drawbacks, and the most glaring one in the wrestling community is the vast wave of negativity that a large collective of the wrestling audience seems to harbor towards today’s wrestling product, particularly the WWE.
Why is this? Yes, I know things aren’t looking the best right now, but surely you could pick something out of the endless loop of WWE programming that pleases you and latch onto that, instead of poking and prodding at the things you don’t like?
I say this rather hypocritically, as someone who has taken to Twitter on many occasions to voice my displeasure with wrestling at its worst. It’s something that comes from the darkest, most dangerous side of myself, a side that I would much prefer stay inside of me as opposed to manifesting itself in the form of verbal jabs and barbs.
As someone who has struggled with demons in the past, one of my biggest vices is negativity. Too many times in the past have seen me come down extremely hard on myself, and lash out at the ones and things that mean the most to me, just because I may be depressed or hurting and have no other way of communicating my pain.
So I don’t come to you all today as someone claiming the moral high ground, but as someone who has seen the worst that life could throw at you, and has finally come out on the other side. Negativity breeds contempt, and contempt breeds hatred.
These lessons could easily be applied to wrestling, serious as they may seem. We all have a tendency to shoot off on Twitter, voicing our most toxic thoughts from behind a keyboard that represents a safety net, there to catch you when fall. The internet is hardly real life, all you have to do is hit the “delete” key and poof: the things you say can simply disappear.
This gives people a make-believe license to be harsh and be overly critical online, whether it be towards the wrestling product or aimed at other wrestling fans who may strike up a different opinion.
Too many times have I seen someone called names or declared mentally incompetent for liking a certain wrestler or having a certain viewpoint on a particular match. I’ve been called names myself, simply for thinking that Twitter was a safe place to express my thoughts. It should be, shouldn’t it?
I just want the wrestling community to be a better place. When I first joined the community, I was deeply mired in the throes of depression, sinking away from everyone and everything around me. Here, I’ve found lasting friendships, and people around me who have dealt with what I’ve been through, and are more than willing to help a scared kid in his time of need. Since then, I’ve done my best to extend that courtesy unto everyone I’ve met in the community.
Is it too much to ask that others do the same? We should be building each other up, not tearing each other down. I criticize the wrestling community today not because I have a problem with it, but because I love it and I want to see it be the best collective of kick-ass content creators it could be. Much like I criticize wrestling not because I hate it, but because I love it with a fierce passion and I want it to be as good as it possibly can be.
We could change the world, but we need to be the change we want to see implemented in the wrestling community. All it takes is one act of kindness, one positive thought, one disagreement defused with a smile instead of a sneer.
Words have more power than the mightiest sword. Let’s put them to use – for a more positive wrestling community, and a better world.