8) Where Are All The Children?
Well if that wasn’t one of the creepier things I’ve ever said. But, like many of the unspoken things that pop into my head each day, this was the first question that ran through my mind as I arrived at the Halifax Forum.
“Where are the kids?“, I worried. Scattered around the parking lot were pockets of men in their twenties and thirties, wearing fifteen-year-old ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin’ and ‘Rock’ shirts. No families and no kids.
The obvious implication was troubling. WWE has positioned itself as a family friendly promotion throughout the last decade and yet, if it isn’t attracting future generations of wrestling fans, then where does that leave the product? What happens if it can’t create new stars for kids to idolise? I was really concerned that perhaps the golden generation had passed, and wrestling simply wasn’t as popular as it once was.
Fortunately, as I entered the arena, those fears were cast aside. Pin-balling between concession stands and merchandise vendors were hundreds of wide-eyed kids all kitted out in Rey Mysterio masks and AJ Styles shirts. Their excitement was contagious and it was heartwarming to see.