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The Curious Case of the IWC.
What is the IWC?
Well, that's a tough question.
IWC stands for Internet Wrestling Commnity, and it's a name given to the online community of wrestling fans... Obviously.
That didn't sound so tough?
Well, that's because that's not the complete answer.
See, if you're on a facebook page or some kind of internet forum, and someone refers you to you as a member of the IWC, it isn't intended as a compliment.
They aren't welcoming you into the holy fraternity of internet fans, they're basically accusing you of being a smark, basically the wrestling equivalent of a hipster.
Some characteristics of a Smark are the following.
A smark prefers smaller technicians from the independent scene. Examples of this are superstars like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor.
But a smark won't just worship those guys, they'll go a step further. You'll hear smarks refer to as these guys by their indy names. American Dragon, Jon Moxley, Tyler Black, and Prince Devitt.
A smark hates anyone the company produces and tries to force-feed the fans. Examples of this are guys like John Cena and Roman Reigns.
And perhaps most obnoxiously, despite never stepping foot in a wrestling ring, they will act like they know everything about the sport.
Now, despite what I've just told you, you'll find that most people you talk to about wrestling on the internet are smarks.
The work you're reading right now? Is that of a smark.
Now, I don't do all the stuff I just mentioned, but I'm going to be honest with you, most don't.
Most smarks are just fans who share their opinions on the internet that other people don't agree with.
I mean, if you really think about it, what's so bad about being a smark?
Sure, the idea is a little pretentious, but beyond that, don't we all pretend like we know more than we do?
I've never wrestled a match, nor booked a show in my life, yet I'm critical of things the WWE has done. I've also never ran a country, but I still criticize politicians.
In fact, I might argue that people who attack people for having a certain opinion are the real assholes.
If you're reading an opinion on the internet, it's likely in a comment section or some kind of forum, then you're reading an opinion in a place designed for opinions.
If you read this, and decided it was fucking awful, then that's your opinion, and it belongs in the comment box...
Okay, it would be kinda rude, but still, it's where your comment belongs.
If you share your wrestling opinion on the internet, you are a member of the IWC.
If you slap a label on somebody because they have a different opinion than you, you're an asshole... Though, I guess that would be hypocritical.
And if someone doesn't like a guy that you like, pssst, here's how you deal with it.
First, ask him if his name is Vince McMahon.
If he says no, ask him what his name is.
He (or she) should reply with "Oh, my name is-"
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS.