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Professional Wrestling’s Shark Week(end)



WrestleMania has come and gone. I remember scrambling with my best friend to get the 60 dollars to buy WrestleMania X7 so many years ago. I don’t know if you’re aware, but WrestleMania was free for new subscribers. That’s a pretty big discount, especially when you consider how much more happens with WrestleMania now.

WrestleMania is now preceded by NXT Takeover, 3 more hours of high quality professional wrestling. I would argue it was the superior event WWE presented this weekend but that’s a different article. They didn’t make a big deal of it, but that was also free for new subscribers.

I’ll stop making that joke now.

WrestleMania itself had a two-hour pre-show and a five-hour main show. Love it or hate it, odds are you watched at least the five-hour main how. ‘The Showcase of the Immortals’ has decided it’s going to truly be a showcase of time and talent.

RAW after Mania has become its own event and might be more exciting that Mania itself because there’s all sorts of returns and call ups from NXT. The expectation has been set and while Mania might disappoint, the Raw after Mania rarely does. Let’s put Smackdown Live in there as well since it’s also, obviously, live. I believe the total count of debuts/returns between both shows was six: Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Authors of Pain, Ember Moon, and The IIconics on Smackdown.

Five more hours of WWE programming. If it strikes your fancy, there’s two more hours with 205 Live and NXT. WWE asks us for upwards of eighteen hours of our time and we willingly give them at least eight of that between Mania and Raw.

WWE not your fancy? Not to worry! Wrestlecon was the same weekend as was ROH’s Supercard of Honor and I’m sure there were plenty of other non-WWE major events happening all over the US and likely the world. As someone who only really follows WWE, I couldn’t possibly mention everything.

So here’s a bunch of information you already know. “What’s your point?”, I hear you thinking from the other side of the internet.

This is more of an article about how to explain WrestleMania to non-wrestling fans. My “Aha!” moment was when I was playing Xbox before Raw and I said I had to go to watch Raw and they sort of scoffed at me. I said it was WrestleMania weekend and struggled to explain it further until one of them offered, “It’s like your shark week.” There’s your title inspiration but it clicked for me. Almost everyone has that thing they follow so closely that they form their schedule around it. Here’s a short list off the top of my head:

Shark Week. Insert sports championship here (Super Bowl, World Series, March Madness, Bowl Week, etc.). New episodes of the newest epic show (Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc.).

I feel confident saying there are people in your life that don’t understand/mock your enjoyment of professional wrestling. I’m also pretty confident you shifted your schedule to watch at least WrestleMania and RAW this past weekend and those people didn’t understand why.

Now you have a way to put it in context for them. Hopefully, this helps creates some bridges between you and the people in your life. They don’t have to become fans. I just hope they come to understand why you enjoy this and why you weren’t able to go to family dinner on Sunday.

Alex Mihailoff is a WWE fan who loves a good storyline and overanalyzing the WWE. He doesn’t know everything but will readily give his opinion on anything.

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