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Turn Her Into A WWE Fan
What is it going to take to make your girlfriend yell "Wooo!"? Divas, female fans and relationship experts reveal their treasured secrets!
Your girlfriend has seen you naked and yet she's still hanging around. It's a good sign. It means she's not repulsed easily. But will she be able to deal with the hard-hitting action on Raw every Monday night? To answer that question we went right to the source: women. From a relationship expert and female fans to WWE Diva Victoria herself, we've compiled the best advice on the subject. Pay attention!
You Have the Right to Watch
You've finally landed a lady friend. Congrats! We're guessing she's gonna reserve Friday nights for romantic outings, so ya might wanna TiVo SmackDown. Lucky for you, there's still WWE action Monday and Tuesday nights. "When you become a couple, you shouldn't have to give up anything that you like," says Dr. Susan Campbell, relationship expert and author of Saying What's Real: Seven Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success. "Sharing activities with each other isn't so much about the activity, it's about being together." Victoria agrees: "If you're a new girlfriend, you should want to experience what your new boyfriend is into." So while you may want to hide things like bad credit or insane ex-girlfriends, feel free to celebrate your love of sports-entertainment.
Make a Proper Introduction to The World of WWE
Sooner or later, she's going to introduce you to her friends and—gasp—parents. As you probably know, first impressions are key to a relationship's future. Equally important is her first impression of sports-entertainment. "Introduce the whole thing gently," Campbell says. "Tell her you want to share an important part of your life with her because you enjoy her company. Let her know that watching WWE is important to you and then ask her how she feels about that." Way to go, bro! You just opened what's called a channel of communication.
Compromise. Compromise. Compromise.
John Cena notwithstanding, there's a strong chance that your girlfriend is not going to become a wrestling fanatic straight off. Don't let that hinder your efforts. She may just need some added incentives to tune in. "It's important to have quid pro quos in a relationship, especially if the relationship is going to last," Campbell says. "So you need to brainstorm. ‘What are some of the things that you'd like me to do in exchange for you watching WWE?' " Don't think of it as bribery; after all, you're both benefiting from the deal. Give her a range of options. Taking her shopping might be cost-prohibitive, so Campbell suggests romantic interactions, like handholding during shows. Hell, a foot-massage should seal the deal. Worst case scenario: Two hours of Raw may cost you an Ugly Betty and a Grey's Anatomy. Hey, we didn't say this would be easy.
Mark Your Calendar Early and Often
"Don't spring your viewing schedule on her at the last minute. This way she won't be surprised by your plans," Campbell says. "Give her a schedule so she has the option to make other plans." Just make sure she knows that you want her to be part of your evenings (every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and, occasionally, Sunday night). Also, investigate when the next live event is in town. That information will play an important role much later on in the process. By the way, now is a good time to tell her that WWE has inspired you to hit the gym more often. Don't worry: Inspiration is just talk.
Dim the Lights and Tune In!
So, it's Monday night at nine, and you've finally lured her to the couch. Showtime! Raw is live, so prepare her for the unexpected. "Let her know that there's drama going on all the time," says Jade Ingardona, 23, a self-described female Superfan from Chicago. "The plot impresses every girl that I've convinced to sit down and watch. I think girls are very interested in the drama behind it." Is she always updating you on the latest comings-and-goings of doctors McDreamy and McSteamy? Explain the drama happening on Raw using the plots of her favorite shows as points of reference. According to WWE fan Debbie Pritchett, 21, of Henderson, New York, "Ladies love the cruiserweights. I think the high-flying moves appeal to women. Even if there's a new Superstar that I'm not familiar with, I'm able to watch and enjoy them."
Deal with the Divas Dilemma
A few basic tips: Don't drool when Divas appear on screen. Keep your eyes in your skull at all times. Refrain from whistling at the TV. Your appreciation of the Divas could make her uncomfortable, so some damage control may be in order. "We're kick-ass girls who can walk the walk and talk the talk," Victoria says. "We may be sexy--esque with our outfits, but I think that's the image we want to portray—hot girls that are independent and hold their own as freaking wrestlers." So, let her know, in no uncertain terms, that you do NOT watch WWE to gawk at the Divas. Heck, that's what the Internet is for. "My approach would be to get some older DVDs," says fan Ashlee Schenke, 21, of Granite City, Illinois. "There were some great matches with Lita and The Hardys doing inter-gender tags. Really introduce a girlfriend to the Divas that can grapple, like Melina and Victoria."
Deal With the Dudes Dilemma
In the same way that you gaze at the Divas, don't be surprised if she lustily eyes Superstars. "I'm sure the guys are breathing harder when the Divas come out, so this is payback, baby," says Victoria. Don't freak out. "Get used to it! Men and women like to look at nicely shaped bodies," Dr. Campbell says. "If you're jealous, say you're jealous. A little jealousy never killed anybody." Besides, if ogling at The Champ gets her to watch, you're well on your way to creating a wrestling fan.
The Big Date…At a Live Event!
Remember a few steps back, when we told you to keep an eye out for upcoming live events? Well, now is the time to take your special lady on a big date. But make sure the show is merely the culmination of a night out on the town. Begin the evening with tables and chairs...at a nice restaurant. Then it's off to the big event. "I'm a girly girl, and my friends are all shocked that I love wrestling. I didn't even want to watch it on TV," says fan Tina Marie Harmon, 30, of Fort Drum, NY. "But I went to see my first live event, and it was just so awesome. It's nothing like television. My voice went hoarse from yelling Batista's name." If the show is televised, be sure to record it. Pick a moment during a match and plant one on your lady. When you return home to watch the show, pause that same moment and re-enact the smooch. If you're lucky, you'll get your own private bra and panties match.
The End Result
Is she a fan? Or did the process derail along the way? If it's the latter, then head straight to www.wwe.com/magazine for a last ditch, emergency plan. If it worked, or hell, even if it didn't, e-mail your tale to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Type of Fan Is She?
Is she a Raw addict...or is she raw from watching? Take our quick compatibility test and find out if she's right for you.
1. When you watch WWE together, she cheers for...
A The Undertaker, and thinks his ring entrance is cool.
B Ric Flair, and thinks his mat skills are unparalleled.
C Batista, and won't stop staring at his stomach tattoo.
2. At a live event she….
A Cheers along at key moments and grabs your arm when Edge's pyro goes off.
B Loves The Hardys matches, but is disappointed that the ladders aren't higher.
C Complains that she is bored and fails to appreciate dinner, a delicious, $2 corn dog.
3. While watching a Lumberjill match, you ask your companion who her favorite Divas are. She answers with:
A "Ashley and Candice, because they've appeared in Playboy."
B "Victoria and Mickie, because they're technicians in the ring."
C Silence, crossed arms and flaring nostrils.
4. For your girlfriend's birthday you buy her the new Ladder Match DVD. Upon opening her gift, she says…
A "Very funny."
B "Let's watch the Money in the Bank match first!"
C She's too busy choking back tears to speak.
5. The tag team that best represents your current relationship is:
A Cade & Murdoch, because they show promise.
B The Hardys, because you work well together as singles, and are unstoppable as a team.
C Cryme Tyme, because you're both looking to get something for nothing.
How to score the test
For every question answered A, add 1 point
For every question answered B, add 2 points
For every questions answered C,
add 0 points
LightWeight (0-4 points)
You have a lot of work ahead of you to win this girl over. Good luck, pal.
Diva Search Winner (5-8 points)
She has major potential. Follow the steps in our feature to seal the deal.
Women's Champion (9-10 points)
Wow, was she ever enrolled at Stu Hart's Dungeon? Or did you train her yourself?
The above article can also be found in the August edition of WWE Magazine. Pick up your copy on newsstands today. Or subscribe to WWE Magazine.