The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer's and do not reflect those of WNW, WWENews, or any of the other writers on the site.
I want to start this by saying that I'm not attacking any specific members of the IWC, I'm generalizing, and don't want anyone to take this article personally in any way. I'm writing about the general outcry of the IWC, and how haters will hate, but only to be against what the vast majority of the more casual fans love. I'm not writing about hating Cena's character but applauding the work he does with Make-A-Wish, but how it's almost predictable that when a top beloved indie wrestler makes it big in the WWE, and the majority of fans fall in love with him, the IWC turns on him as if he can never do anything right, will never do anything right, and will claim they've always hated said wrestler.
Daniel Bryan was a beloved wrestler in ROH, and it was all over the IWC how it was just horrible that he was being humbled in the WWE by being Miz's rookie in the first season of NXT. This same woe continued through Bryan's 18 second loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania, all the way until he was the ultimate underdog that the casual wrestling fan fell in love with. He was pushed to the top, then a large majority of his former supporters turned on him and everything he did in the ring. Bryan could do no right, was pandering to the fans. Even his wrestling work suddenly sucked, though that's what the IWC has lauded him for all along, and hoped the WWE wouldn't ruin in him by turning him into a WWE Superstar.
The same thing happened to CM Punk. The IWC loved him, he was their golden boy for his anti-establishment feelings, and how he spoke out about the issues he had within the WWE. Punk's pipebombs became a thing of epic proportion, to a point, but when the casual fans fell in love with Punk, the IWC turned on him. Now the casual fans still chant for him, but the IWC want everyone to just shut up and move on - mostly because if the fans are not into the UFC, they feel Punk has betrayed all the belief put in him.
I will say that Bryan has been gaining some ground with the IWC recently, but only because the ones who are most negative and yell the loudest loathe Reigns because he's a home grown WWE Superstar. Not all wrestlers are going to work their way up through the indies to into the WWE, especially if they're from an extremely prominent wrestling family and have a fantastic look. It goes back to McMahon's theory that look and how someone is presented is more important to them being a Superstar than their actual ring work. That's something I have serious issue with McMahon over and side with the majority of the IWC on, but I also see where he's coming from. The Rock wasn't anything great in the ring early on, but his look and charisma got him over until he got into the groove of things. The same can be said for Hulk Hogan. His look, character and charisma were perfect for the time, but his matches were formulaic to a point that they were mind numbing if he was in the ring with the wrong opponent. Then there's Goldberg who had an epic look, was so charismatic because of his power, but couldn't carry much more than a four minute match without looking like a complete buffoon! On the other hand Eddie Guerrero was little, couldn't run the power moves, but his charisma was exceptional, and his ring work most beautiful. Chris Benoit was also small, didn't really have the best traditional look, and his mic work was atrocious for much of his career, but watching him in the ring was a beautiful thing, and he had a quiet charisma that made the fans want to love him, or love to hate him, depending on the storyline. What I'm saying is that there's more than one side to every Superstar, and few of them are the total package, not even the Total Package!
The biggest problem comes in when the IWC is slighted, either real or perceived, by the WWE. When a wrestler is pushed ahead of someone the IWC thinks should be in a certain slot, the IWC virtually implodes. No matter how great the storyline, feud, match, or other wrestler could possibly be, the IWC hates them through and through, and do everything in their power to make them look bad, or discredit them in any way. It happened just last week when the rumor came out that Brock Lesnar had left Monday Night Raw because Roman Reigns had failed a Wellness test. The rumor mill was certain the WWE wasn't going to do anything about it, all because it was Reigns and he was slated to face Brock at WrestleMania for the WWE WHC. While Bryan has been getting the treatment I mentioned above from the IWC, he's still more beloved than the homegrown Reigns. That leaves Reigns wide open to abuse and attacks, like this one that popped up on the Internet.
What it comes down to is that Vince McMahon doesn't care what the IWC thinks, and will even go out of his way to piss off those who are most nastily vocal. He seems to really enjoy making the IWC royally pissed off, and in some ways I don't blame him. It's the more casual fans who spend most of the money, buy most of the merch, attend most of the events. Yes, I know the IWC does much of that too, but they're more apt to buy merch of indie wrestlers and companies, attend indie events, and go out of their way to support the indies over the WWE. The WWE is going to pander to their most paying fans, and that isn't the IWC. If McMahon gets his rocks off because of it all, it's just that much better for him. He is the one getting paid the big bucks!
Where did I plan to go with this? Nowhere really. The casual fans are not the type who would be here reading this article. The members of the IWC who agree with me on this have already worked all this out, and either avoid those who are argumentative about being always right about everything in the wrestling industry or bait them to watch them explode. And the members of the IWC who I described in this article will step up to argue with me in the comments, telling me that I don't know what I'm talking about, calling me nasty names and most likely getting banned for not staying PG in the process. In all honesty this is something that truly bothers me, and while I don't march to the beat of the average drum, I don't go out to say and do things just to cause problems in this world. People might not like my pink hair, or think I don't dress correctly for being a soccer mom in Maine, or that I'm too outspoken, act a bit much like ODB for my age. I dress the way I do, dye my hair, and say what I say because that's who I am. I'm not doing it for shock value, or to purposefully cause wave, it's who I am and how I've always been. I'm not going to change just to fit into a mold, but I'm also not going to go out just to cause problems with those around me.
The IWC is a living entity made up of thousands of fans who have their own opinions and thoughts on the wrestling industry as a whole, and the WWE in particular. I'm not saying that people shouldn't have their own thoughts on anything, if the IWC didn't have their own thoughts, I wouldn't have such amazing writers working with me here at WWENews and WNW. It's those opinions that make wrestling that much more interesting and exciting, that makes ever show we attend unique and different from every other wrestling show attended, even within the same week. Wrestling fans are passionate, and even more so when they're part of the IWC, and I never want to see that end, we just need to be aware of mob mentality and who could be hurt in the process of rants, and sometimes lies.
Queen of WNW