It’s really sad that this entire post needs to be done, but it seems to be becoming a thing now. We’re getting people in the business talking about it now – not just fans.
So, we all love wrestling, right? Well, I’m assuming you’re a wrestling fan if you’re reading this because if you aren’t…well read on if you want, I suppose. I’m not going to stop you from reading. So, naturally, we all have an appreciation for the people who are on our tvs entertaining us, right? Right. I mean, even if we aren’t particularly fans of them, we respect them to a point for getting in the ring and putting their bodies on the line each week, several times a week, and so on. (Well, assuming they aren’t garbage humans, anyway.)
Still, we all have our favorites, and we’d love to meet them. Or, if we just happen upon one of them, it’s still cool to meet them given the opportunity.
Now, as long as we’re all respectful of their personal space and their time and so on, that’s cool.
But, unfortunately, with the age of the internet and just idiot fans in general, there now comes along this sect of fans that go far beyond the realm of respectability. We now have fans who look up where wrestlers stay while they’re in town and also looking up their flight information and just happening to be at the places these wrestlers are. They’re there just for autographs and pictures that they just want to sell on eBay.
Ladies and gentlemen, in the real world, this is called STALKING.
There is no other word to describe it. You are all stalkers.
And then, when the wrestlers are rude to them, they act indignant. They act like they, the STALKERS, were wronged.
When you are the one doing the wronging, you can NOT be wronged.
You are why we, as wrestling fans, are looked down upon. You make us look like the trailer trash stereotypes most people have of wrestling fans.
Do NOT go to their hotels. Do NOT go to the airport. If you happen upon them at random, THAT is fine. But do NOT go looking for their information.
If you go to a hotel that you know wrestlers stay at, you are stalking. It doesn’t matter if you know there are any wrestlers there or not, you are stalking. You should be in jail.
If some of the wrestlers are nice, that’s cool. But you have literally zero right to be mad if they treat you like the assholes that you are. I have zero sympathy for your sorry asses.
At this point you’re barely wrestling fans anymore. You are garbage fans.
If you are wrestling fans like you claim to be, you would have respect for the wrestlers and leave them be. If you’re old enough to figure out where they’ll be, you’re old enough to know better than to actually do it.
Now, this seems to be centering around Sasha Banks these days because she’s really one of the first to step up and put the fans in their proper place for doing this. It was really only CM Punk before her that it was fairly well known that he didn’t like fans doing this kind of shit like him – and yea there were entitled fans bitching about it – but there were never any people in the actual business talking about him. It’s only now that it’s happening with Sasha that people like Shane Douglas and apparently Bubba Dudley, Jerry Lawler, and Chris Masters are talking about her and calling her out on it – literally victim blaming her for not accepting stalkers stalking her as any normal person would do.
You know, four random guys who wouldn’t have fans stalking them to airports because no one gives that much of a fuck about them these days, so how would they know how this feels? (Granted Masters and Douglas never had any fans to begin with so what would they know about anything?)
Just four nobodies trying to stay relevant by attaching themselves to Sasha by defending stalking.
Seth Rollins has spoken against it too, so let’s give fair credit where due.
If you were Sasha Banks, and you had just gotten to your hotel after having yet another competitive match and there were fans waiting there for you, would you be all overjoyed or would you be annoyed because you just got back to the place where that’s your home for the night and now it’s time to relax? You’d be the latter. Don’t lie to me and say the former.
You all really need to put yourself in that position because you absolutely wouldn’t want people stalking you at your hotel and especially at the airport. You don’t know these fans. You don’t know what they might do. Some might be well-intentioned, but some might attack them. A lot of people in the world are assholes, and clearly a LOT of people do not understand the word no. Look at all the people who get pissed off when they stalk them and are told no.
Like, people are literally stalking Sasha to hotels, then getting mad when she doesn’t want to for obvious reasons, stick around and then try to fight her husband when he comes back out later.
Some people are taking photos with Alexa while she doesn’t have makeup on, then posting it online and asking if people still love her now that they’ve seen her without makeup.
Some people just want the autographs to sell on eBay. Some people just want to look cool on Twitter for being with a famous person.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re stalking them or not, you are not entitled to an autograph or a picture. You are not entitled to any moment of their time. And if you did stalk them, you are certainly not entitled to a polite no. Because there are silly people who think they’re even entitled to a polite no when they do this.
I don’t care who you are. If you did this, and Sasha steps on your dumbass flag, as a friend of mine said reportedly happened to one of his other friends, it’s too bad she didn’t take it from you and set it on fire. If she “hair flipped” a kid as the same friend of mine said reportedly happened (now with a personal bias so it’s left for objective people to judge whether this actually happened in the way he reports because literally anything he says about Sasha now is biased and not to be taken seriously) – it’s too damn bad she didn’t hair flip them so hard that the kids flew into a wall. Kids are extensions of their parents, and while the kids didn’t necessarily do anything wrong themselves, it’s best they learn young from their parents’ mistake that this is garbage human behavior.
If you so desperately want to meet them, go to conventions. Or hope you RANDOMLY run into them. And if you do, be respectful. If they oblige, cool. If they don’t, move on.
You aren’t entitled to anything. And don’t give me that bullshit that you pay their salaries. You DO not. You pay WWE for a chance to watch them entertain you. They are paid by WWE. WWE pays them for their talents. The thought that you pay their salaries because you’re under the delusion that they wouldn’t be on our screens without us is comical because since when has WWE given a shit about who we, the fans, actually like and also disrespects all of the hard work the wrestlers do to get to where they are today – lest you forget that the fan support we give them is a reaction to their talent and ability and skill that they’ve taken years to acquire – We are not why they’re where they are, they are why we are their fans. Anyone who thinks otherwise has it backwards.
So, we’ve reached the end of this. Hopefully this leaves you knowing better. Don’t be a garbage fan. And if somehow you think this is still okay, well then you’re far too delusional to ever reach. Hopefully you end up in jail sometime quite soon. And, well, maybe you think I’m an asshole, but I’m not wrong.