Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Commentaries!
Now, I know I said that I was taking a hiatus from the daily posts, and that’s true. But this post came to me right out of the blue. Well, kinda out of the blue. It’s something that I’ve thought about for quite some time.
Now, I’m a wrestling fan. And man, are wrestling fans passionate about our sport. Take for example, the Royal Rumble match. Now, the Royal Rumble is a match in which there are 30 Superstars. Two Superstars will start the match off, and at a specified interval of time, usually 90 seconds to 2 minutes in length, another Superstar would come out. This will happen until all 30 Superstars have entered the ring. The only way to be eliminated from the match is by being thrown over the top rope and both feet must hit the arena floor. The last man standing is the winner. Hey, look at that. I can be The Fink!
Ok. So I might have a lot more hair than the legendary ring announcer, but, it got me thinking. For days leading up to the event, fans got to speculating over just who will be in the Rumble event. WWE purposefully leaves at least 1/3 of the event unannounced, so as to give us some surprises when they walk through the curtain. Sometimes, they are actual surprises that get the fans on their feet. Other times…
There’s this man. My buddy and I were going back and forth about who the last three men in were (and considering two of them at the time had previously been announced, the third one was up in the air). When the buzzer sounded and the music hit, the fans in the arena started to sound like a ghost. Why? Because this is not the person we expected to be (seriously, we expected everybody BUT him). And fans were extremely butt hurt about it. And that’s the heart of it. People getting hurt over decisions that are beyond their control. And the ways we react to it. Now, I don’t personally care for Roman Reigns. He is getting better, but he needs to get shuffled out of the spotlight for a little bit. However, there are more people out there that think that WWE “hurt themselves” in this way because they didn’t bring anyone back from injury (Finn Balor); debut them to a huge pop (Samoa Joe); or give us a huge surprise (Kurt Angle/anyone else). But, that’s just how wrestling fans are. We want what WE want to see. Now what WWE thinks is best for their bottom line. And some fans just don’t see that.
Now, on the other hand. There are some fandoms that start the guess work MONTHS (and I do mean months) in advance. The other day, Peter Capaldi announced that Series 10 would be his last one as The Doctor. Which is fine. The man has put in two wonderful series (with the third, and last for him, to happen starting in April). But, not even 24 hours removed from his announcement, we’re already seeing post after post after post of who people want to see as The Doctor. Honestly folks. They’re still in the middle of production for Series 10. Let them wrap that and the Christmas special, which is Capaldi’s last official episode, and then start speculating. Especially since we don’t know if we’ll get a Series 11 (there’s always that chance that it can get cancelled), or when it will happen. Though, I’m going to fall in line here and say that we should get something COMPLETELY unexpected for The Doctor. After all, it will be the Thirteenth numbered Doctor (trust me, there’s a lot of craziness behind what number The Doctor should be…another time perhaps). Could The Doctor finally be ginger? Could we see ourselves with a female Doctor (which would be rather fun, especially for the first post-regeneration comments. Oh the places they could go with that one). Either way, it’s still way too early to even think about these kinds of things, but, that’s just how diehard fans in fandoms go.
With that, what fandom are you apart of that you are passionate about and try to predict what happens? Are you excited for anything in your upcoming fandom? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.