Steve Larson, a 37-year-old wrestling fan from Des Moines, admits that he is ambivalent toward popular WWE star Daniel Bryan.
“Bryan is fine, I guess, but whatever,” said Larson, summing up his blase indifference toward the scrappy underdog, whom every single other wrestling fan on earth unreservedly adores.
“I just don’t see what the big deal is. Respect the beard? What does that even mean?”
Larson met Bryan at a wrestling convention once, but only because Bryan was sitting at the same table as Vader, whom Larson was very keen to meet.
A wrestling fan since childhood, Larson acknowledges that Bryan has strong technical wrestling abilities and a respectable “workrate,” but also feels absolutely no emotional connection to Bryan’s character.
Larson has been ostracized from the so-called Internet Wrestling Community (IWC), banned from a number of online wrestling forums, because adult male fans are required by an unwritten code to love Bryan and hate John Cena (whom Larson happens to think is an exemplary star who doesn’t get the credit he deserves).
At a recent WWE live event, Larson was unsuccessful in an attempt to start a chant of “Meh! Meh! Meh!”