I have absolutely no real-live-in-person friends who are into wrestling. I have a couple of friends who are ... hmmm ... supportive. One of them went to a live show with me, & had a pretty good time. (Thank you, Vince, for distinguishing "sports entertainment" from proper "sports"!! I wouldn't have had a chance of convincing her that wrestling is a fun thing without being able to get that out of the way right off.) Another friend kinda watches a little if I have it on the TV -- she loves soap opera stuff, & does find all that aspect pretty entertaining, but she's not really into the athleticism.
It sounds like many of the rest of you do have friends & family that are into it. Gosh -- what's it like to actually have a human to talk to about the shows?? :-)
Well - the friends that I have watch wrestling more for the looks of the men than the wrestling. I think if I started discussing the relative merits of HHH's moveset, I would quickly find out I was talking to myself.
My family, however, is a completely different matter. As I've mentioned before, we're all pretty much *wrestling* fans. At home, when we're all together, it's more a matter of listening to my brothers compare the pro moves to the amateur moves they learned in high school.
I'm not quite sure which is better, sometimes.
I'm going twenty-four hours a day...I can't seem to stop - "Turn Up The Radio", Autograph
My family hates it. They *constantly* rag on me for liking it, but I'm so used to that, it doesn't bother me.
I've gotten quite a few friends into it in my day, but most of them have stopped watching over the last year, because it just hasn't been as good as it once was. Or, consistently good, at least.
My boyfriend is the only person I know in RL who loves wrestling more than I do. As a matter of fact, the reason we started dating was because we were both dumbfounded and pleased to meet another person who was as obsessive about wrestling.
As soon as you're born you start dying, so you might as well have a good time.
I have a distant brother in law and a nephew aged 6, and thats it. Most of my friends just groan if I mention it, my husband disappears from the room when its on, pretty good going seeing as how much it is on.
So no, not any real life people (for some reason the conversation with my nephew is a little limited ie I really miss Stone cold, Undertaker is cool).
Well...for my family, my mom loves it but mostly watches it for the men. One of my sisters loves it too, but she pretty much doesn't care about anyone but Kane and RVD. My stepdad and baby bro watch it for TNA. My other sister is too girly for it and I don't know what my dad thinks about it. Oh, and my stepmom hates it.
As far as friends...they just liked the Rock.
"NO! NO NO NO NO NO!! THIS IS NOT A JOKE! I AM NOT A JOKE! I AM SERIOUS! AND YOU WILL NOT LOOK PAST ME, YOU STUPID SON OF A BITCH!"-a tearful Chris Jericho. Your ego has just been *CRUSHED*Courtesy of The Renegade
I'm extremely fortunate, my entire family grew up on watching wrestling, my four brothers of course loved the NWA, even my older sister had a crush on Razor Ramon. Even my mom watches once in a while, and she likes The Undertaker. So, I'm real lucky to live in a family of wrestling fans. Of course we've all gotten older and watched less, but we still watch once in a while. Heck, some of our neighbors watch wrestling too, and we give them tapes of PPV's. If I could, I could move you guys here to see for yourself.
My boyfriend likes it for the women, Trish Stratus and Jackie (not Gayda). He's loved Jackie since Sable ripped her top off. My grandma LOVES it and watches for Ric Flair, Rock and Jeff Hardy. My mom only watches for Rock. My Uncle watches, but can't remember names or matches.
I don't have any friends who don't like wrestling. It's what I'm into and if they don't understand it, they are not friends. So, the friends that I have kept love it too.
My husband loves wrestling too, and we always watch the shows together (except for Heat and Velocity--I usually skip those).
My mother, however, can't imagine how anyone in HER family could possibly like that stuff. ;-) I get about the same reaction from most relatives. I guess they think we just aren't "that" kind of people. Whatever "that" kind of people are--people who like to have a little fun once in a while? There's only so many times you can re-watch the A&E production of "Pride and Prejudice".
The only people I ever discuss wrestling with other than my husband are clerks at bookstores where I buy my wrestling magazines, or the guy in the frame shop when I bring in my latest drawing of the Undertaker. ;-)
A lot of the guys I work with are wrestling fans, so we can discuss it for hours. My husband, on the other hand, tolerates it for my sake but isn't really into it. He'll sit and watch it with me, but he likes to point out any missed spots ("Hey, he didn't even hit the guy").
Fortunately, hubby is about the most un-jealous person in the world, so I can salivate to my heart's content.
Tomboy, if I can train my friends not to call during wrestling, I'm confident that you can too. But you must not reinforce the aberrant behaviour. Your answering machine is your friend. Consider the upside of no HHH on Raw: