Two hours until doors open at Nationwide Area in Columbus, Ohio, and wrestling fans pack into a local bar known as the Three Legged Mare prior to the World Wrestling Entertainment's Fastlane pay-per-view. People from all walks of life crowd into this watering hole dressed in their favorite wrestler's merchandise.
It doesn't matter if you are blue collar or white collar, WWE has something to offer for everyone.
Wrestling is an athletic form of theater with heroes, villains, and just plain silly characters. Fans feel emotion and develop special bonds with these actors to create a memorable experience.
"Wrestling is entertainment at it's very best," said columnist Chris Mueller in a 2010 article in Bleacher Report. "It contains all aspects of almost every other entertainment medium. Action, drama, humor, infidelity, love stories, betrayal, overcoming adversity, facing tough obstacles, pain, both mental and physical, joy, happiness, and family issues are just some of the aspects of pro wrestling that make it entertaining."
Sure fans are asked the question, "you know it's fake right?" That doesn't matter to many.
Fans get lost in a suspension of disbelief. This is a term used to define when someone sacrifices realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment. Wrestling isn't for everyone, and can be best described as an acquired taste.
It can seem incredibly childish on the outside, but if observers continue to look at different wrestling promotions, one is likely to find a brand that fits their particular taste.
Furthermore, while some criticize fans of wrestling for it's content, it can be more substantive then an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.