I got very angry at the beginning of last week. The kind of fury that makes me want to punch the wall. My colleague had accidentally spoiled the results of the Royal Rumble (specifically, the male competitor who won the Men’s Rumble event). I’ve blogged repeatedly over the years about how I absolutely hate spoilers, especially for wrestling events. But what really upset me was the manner in which my colleague had asked the question to me:
“Who is this Japanese guy that won the Royal Rumble?”
If you follow pro wrestling, you should know at that moment which “Japanese guy” from WWE had won, based on the question. There is only one Japanese pro wrestler on WWE right now who has that level of prominence and star power. But what made me even angrier was the phrase “Who is this Japanese guy”, implying that he has no idea who that person is.
So many casual wrestling fans these days are stuck in the past, only remembering wrestlers from the Attitude Era which ended almost 15+ years ago! It’s time to move on and start showing support for the current crop of wrestlers who deserve it. If you still don’t know who AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura are by now, and what they have done for the past few years, I’m sorry but as Paul Heyman said on an episode of RAW: “You probably shouldn’t be a wrestling fan.”
I complained to two of my wrestling friends about the spoiler (thank you Aloysius and Yao for enduring my nonsense), and then loaded up Doki Doki Literature Club to calm down. Incredibly, the first conversation I saw after being greeted by Monika was this:
I wasn’t angry at my colleague, just angry at the fact that I was no longer able to experience Nakamura’s Rumble victory blind, without any knowledge of the results. And a videogame character instantly helped to soothe my anger. This is usually the part where I use my favourite catchphrase: “Sometimes, I wonder why I take videogames so seriously.” Here, a videogame is seriously helping me to calm down in real-life.
Fortunately, the results of NXT Takeover Philadelphia were not spoiled, and I was able to fully enjoy the NXT title match between Almas and Gargano, an awesome early contender for 2018 Match of the Year.
What is the moral of the story here?
- Never EVER spoil the results of any wrestling event for any wrestling promotion to me (WWE, NXT, TNA, NJPW, etc.), or you will make me seriously mad.
- Just Monika.
Author’s note: The above conversation only appears in a fan-made mod of Doki Doki Literature Club called Monika After Story. You can download the mod here.