You’re at your school graduation.
Four years in the making (unless you’re on the five-year plan or accelerated three and a half) and finally your name is called.
You hear the Macho Man’s entrance music and walk that aisle (stage) wearing a cap and gown suited for your school’s colors. Your family and friends are there to witness it, proudly clapping and cheering you ... and then all of sudden from somewhere in the massive crowd you hear, ‘Booooo.’ ‘You suck.’ ‘Look at them ears.’
When has that response occurred at a commencement ceremony? It hasn’t. At least for your sake, I hope not.
An event to award or honor someone is not the time nor place to boo or heckle.
A decorum, a protocol the mantra.
Class and respect.
So why do some fans attend the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and boo and heckle, basically making fools of themselves and ruining a special night?
It is embarrassing, and I truly feel bad for the Hall of Fame inductees, those inducting them and the pro wrestling community.
Thankfully, the WWE Universe includes many fans who do act accordingly and understand the WWE HOF event is a proud ceremony and not a scripted angle, but still there are those rotten apples spoiling the bunch.
Where as those disrespectful fans show no class, the Hall of Famers, the presenters and their peers take the high road which is what they do. It’s another example of the classy nature of these celebs and wrestlers (superstars, divas, legends).
The WWE Boo-niverse should learn a lesson from them.
• A Time and A Place
The WWE HOF ceremony is not Raw nor SmackDown. You buy a ticket for the Monday night or Friday night (taped Tuesday night) show, and you want to cheer, boo, praise, mock. Have at it. That’s the time and place to do it.
If you like or dislike a storyline or angle or superstar or diva, you can make it known via social media -- Facebook, Tout, Twitter. You can hide behind a pseudonym or nickname, which is something else that irks me, but until we incorporate needed checks and balances, such is the super highway.
But why harass at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony?
Maybe you disapprove of a WWE Hall of Fame selection or the person tabbed to induct him or her. Well during the ceremony is not the forum to vent. It is also not your opportunity to standout.
The WWE HOF ceremony is a real-life celebration to award wrestlers who gave their blood, sweat and tears to you fans; acknowledge those who sacrificed family life for you fans; and honor sports entertainers who actually appreciate you fans -- and this is how some of you thank them. It is also an occasion to recognize celebrities who have helped WWE grow -- hence the distinction World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, emphasis on Wrestling and Entertainment.
As for those who you feel do not belong, especially the celebrity inductees and mainstream presenters, they are people who support WWE which means they support you the WWE Universe, helping bridge a gap between pro wrestling and Hollywood which has opened different doors to our favorite talent, allowing them other work-related endeavors.
• Gaining respect from mainstream
For years, the mainstream -- whether hi-brow news outlets, sports media, Hollywood -- ridiculed pro wrestling and its fans. Recently, do you recall political pundit Glenn Beck disparaging WWE and you (its fanbase) over a scripted storyline.