phenom951 wrote:Since the hot topic of discussion appears to be whether or not fraternizing with fans kills the star aura of a wrestler I'll weigh in and say I'm completely in agreement with Joe in that it does kill the aura of being a star. What makes a true star/celeb is that they're not like everyone else, not like us fans who pay to see them. And every time a wrestler hangs out and mingles with the rest of us, we start looking at them more and more like just regular guys. That being said, fans like myself and other newsletter/smart mark fans etc. don't watch wrestling primarily to see "stars" we watch to see great matches, analyze shit, and because we all secretly want to be a part of the business so the fact that wrestlers make themselves so available to us at shows like PWG, AAW, etc. is an absolute draw.
I used to love going to PWG and picking Chris Hero's brain about the business and what he loves about being a pro wrestler etc. so as a fan I love this aspect of going to an indy show. That being said one show in particular I remember being at a few years back, literally every wrestler was in the ring puching merch and taking picks. All but Roderick Strong and Kyle O'Reilly who were working the main event that night. And those guys I gotta tell you the second they came out there was a big fight feel, because it'd be the only time we ever see them the entire night. The following show, Kyle was selling merch before the show, but Roddy didn't. And I gotta say the reaction was noticeably quieter of KOR than it was for Roddy that evening. A few shows later there's Roddy hanging with the Bucks. The Bucks were being The Bucks hanging with all the fans, but even tho Roddy was just there with them, he didn't interact. In fact he blew me off and so many others. That night, he got the strongest reaction of the night.
It just comes down to why you watch wrestling. From a business perspective. If I was the booker. I'd never want my guys at the top of the card mingling with fans, but as a fan I'd be disappointed if they ever stopped doing it. Casual fans on the other hand, do watch to see stars so don't ever expect to grow your business past a certain point if you're gonna allow wrestlers socializing with fans. It's a double edged sword with no right answer. But I do agree with Joe and Rich's assessment on this matter. Stars hang out with stars. But I don't watch for stars, even though I know the difference between who is one and who isn't. Sami Callihan (huge fan, but not a star) (Kazuchika Okada, megastar)
This is really good insight and I largely agree. I have participated in chats with wrestlers before and after shows, during intermission, etc. and its great. Some guys are awesome to talk to and have a lot to bring to the table (sometimes literally
) but I'm all for main eventers and those in stories being held off. If it means you take a little dent in merch money for the night, so be it. The next time you're down the card or out of the big story, feel free. Maybe even after the show but I get a little uneasy with guys main eventing against one another in a big time match standing side-by-side an hour before their match.
It shouldn't bother me, but it does.