Hopefully you’ve all had the chance to check out the interview Wrestlezone.com did with Eric Bischoff…because I’m about to fucking go in on that shit. There are 2 things I wanna discuss dealing with this interview: Smarks and Bischoff himself. I’m going to post this in 2 parts. Let’s get going.
Most of the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) is Smarks, let’s be real. These aren’t kids watching John Cena–these are mostly adults, mostly men, mostly in their 20’s and 30’s that seek out information about the business and wrestlers from websites. These are the same people who come to this blog. These are the same people who are on Wrestling roleplay forums (Which I need to get into, btw…). We are collectors of wrestling memorabilia, and we are generally a vast wealth of knowledge about wrestling and all types of promotions.
We are often hard to please.
When I was a teenager first getting into wrestling, I was a part of wrestling forums where the Smark vs. Mark debate was very common. Marks liked the Main Eventers, and smarks generally thought the cruiserweight division and mid-carders were better. In the late 90’s these were your Eddie Guerreros, Steve Blackmans, Sugar Shane Helmses. Smarks hated The Rock and Stone Cold because they “didn’t have any talent.”
The issues I had, and still do to some extent with Smarks is that they are like any know-it-alls within any hobby. For example, they’ll send you a video and treat you as if you have no idea what you’re looking at. I really try not to be an know-it-all. I try to allow different opinions from my own and not treat people as if they’re dumb. We can and will have passionate debates about it…but at the end of the day it’s just wrestling.
I slowly creeped over into being a Smark, but I’m not as well-versed as many Smarks I know. Basically if it was before 1995 and wasn’t Hogan and Savage I don’t know too much about it. I’m constantly learning and am lucky to have some great Smarks in my life who give me things to research and up my wrestling nerdery regularly. I consider myself a Smark because I’m not just a fan of the Main Eventers. I analyze and appreciate wrestling from a sports, entertainment, storytelling, and business standpoint.
That said, I believe Smarks are the main audience of Impact/TNA. I don’t know one person who watch TNA that isn’t a smark. A casual or Mark fan of wrestling is gonna be watching WWE. Honestly. And, I’m aware Bischoff is specifically talking about the very few Smark fans who are timing the matches on Impact to prove a point that Impact doesn’t do a lot of actual wrestling on their shows. I believe it’s valid. I believe it misses the point of Impact.
We as Smarks are hard to please a lot of the time, and sometimes we just shit on things just to shit on them. That’s wrong. We need to stop doing that. However, since we are hard to please…our opinion is more worth earning. Why is Impact/TNA and the wrestling business in general going for the lowest common denominator? Why are they only trying to please their casual and Mark fans? And why are they shitting on the people who consistently watch their product–good or bad?
We’ll discuss that in Part 2 of this which will be posted on Friday!