In the past few months, I have fallen head over heels in love with British wrestling.
Up until my first Revolution Pro Wrestling show, I'd never been to a show by a British company.
I'd been to three TNA tour shows, and I'd gone to three nights of Impact tapings in Orlando. But actual British wrestling? I knew nothing.
And now? Now I love it. And I want to talk about why.
Part of it is how close you get to the action. There's nothing quite like being there at a wrestling event, watching the action unfold in front of you.
Right in front of you if you're lucky to get front or second row seats. Which I have done many times.
Sure, watching Impact on television is fun. But can that really compare with El Ligero and Biff Busick pushing past you in a crowd? I don't think so.
And that brings me to my next reason: the level of fan interaction that goes on in British wrestling. Or at least in the companies I've been to.
It's completely off the chart.
Being able to get autographs and photos during intermissions or after the show is awesome.
Sure, the TNA Fan Interaction is pretty cool as well. But how much extra do you have to pay for it? Exactly.
And that's not even mentioning how friendly everybody in British wrestling seems to be.
Face or heel, it doesn't matter. Get the average British wrestler outside the ring and chances are they'll be one of the nicest people you've met all year.
On the heel side, Marty Scurll has been charming every single time I've spoken to him.
And Jimmy Havoc agreed to take a picture with me right after he'd been in a No Ropes Barbed Wire match with DJ Hyde.
On the face side, I've had photos with Robbie X and Kay Lee Ray.
I've had Will Ospreay joke around with me because my hair matched his ring gear. Which was an accident, no matter what anybody says.
And I've helped Tyler Bate name a bird puppet Gary.
No, context wouldn't really help with that last one. Just go with it. It's wrestling.
This may sound like me boasting, but it's not supposed to. My point is that the reason I've had all these experiences are that these people are good people.
Which brings me to the best part of going to British wrestling shows: they make you feel like part of the family.
There are few places in this world that I feel more happy than beside a wrestling ring surrounded by fellow fans.
And isn't that one of the reasons we love wrestling? That sense of community. Knowing we're all here for the same reason.
I've made friends over British wrestling. I've had amazing times at British wrestling. And I want to keep going to British wrestling.
Because I feel more at home there than anywhere else in the world. And I couldn't ask for more.
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