Proper fandom requires an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the specialist subject in question. If you can’t write an horribly esoteric round of pub quiz questions on the lyrics to B-sides by The Fall or production minutiae on the original two seasons of Star Trek, are you really a fan at all?
That goes double for ‘smart’ fans of pro wrestling, who tend to treat each other with an oddly passive-aggressive contempt at the best of times. If we can get into ferocious twelve-hour slanging matches on Twitter over the merits of a single performer, imagine how much worse it is when the conversation turns to little known facts from wrestling history.
As mentioned before, if you tell a pro wrestling fan that you know pro wrestling trivia he or she doesn't know, eight out of ten of them will take that as a personal challenge and one will take it as a personal insult. This being indisputably the case, articles like this - or this, or this - can provoke wrestling fans to frothing madness… which, again, is part of the fun of writing them.
So here, witness the flogging of a dying horse, with the revelation of another ten wrestling facts you probably didn’t know (but will insist in the comments that you did).
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