So after seeing some of the reaction to Vader beating Will Ospreay in their match and recalling the whole twitter "debate" that preceded it I had to ask myself if there is any other fan base that seems to have such rampant ageism as pro wrestling does?
It's not just about not wanting to see "old guys" wrestle but it seems like any time anyone from the wrestling world over the age of 40 says something that isn't lavishing praise on current wrestling there is a huge barrage of vitriolic comments ranging from calling them "old fucks" to saying they need to get back to their retirement home or the standard "old man shakes fist at cloud." And of course the frequent wild exaggeration about "30 minute headlocks" whenever someone tries to say that wrestling was better in the 70s/80s/or pretty much anything pre-1995. It seems like there are a lot of wrestling fans that can't disagree with something an older wrestling personality says without coming up with some insult about age.
All sports have some aspect of ageism as any time an athlete gets to a certain age (which varies sport to sport) people start a retirement clock on them. But it goes beyond "when is this guy going to retire?" to almost acting like anyone past a certain age shouldn't be allowed to even have an opinion on pro wrestling anymore. So I thought I'd start this topic just to try and start a conversation about why ageism seems to be readily accepted in pro wrestling fandom and if there is any other kind of fan base that's comparable in that aspect.