However, like it or not, wrestling has a stigma to it. You can never be sure when — or even if — you should tell friends you are into it. It does not matter how popular it is; to many it will always be that fake sport with half-naked men. As for loved ones, well, if your other half hates wrestling, and insists on going to a movie when you want to watch the Royal Rumble? Things are going to get rough fast (and that's before the bell has even rung).
As a result, many turn to the Internet for their fix on passion expression. We love sharing our thoughts with complete strangers, and all barriers are down; much like Nexus: "we are one." But what if we did not have to keep it online? Sure, there are meet up groups, but what if we took it one step further than that?
One man dared to try.
Steven Glenwick is CEO and Creator of website Tag Me A Date, a site that is quickly getting over with single wrestling fans for being the first dating site strictly built for wrestling fans.
It operates on the concept "Wrestling night just became date night." Aiming to bring people together through the love they have for wrestling. The site is also unique in its approach, doing away with the favorite food and star sign questions; instead replacing them with such questions as "If you could be any wrestler, who would it be."
They also give users the option of cutting a fifteen second video promo on themselves to explain why they should be tagged. This instantly allows potential suitors to get a feel of someone before even sending them a message.
The concept is simple, but effective, for the site has amassed over 4000 users since its launched in October 2014. But how did it come about? Smark Out Moment booked a date with Glenwick to go beyond the ropes into this intriguing new enterprise.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the site?
A: I had been working in sales and customer service for ten years and had left a job for another, more promising one. Unfortunately, the place went out of business and everyone was let go shortly after. At that point, I had to evaluate my life and figure out how I was going to support my wife and kids. I thought about what I was really passionate about and that has always been professional wrestling. Then I thought about how successful dating sites are and how they seem to be the number one way people meet these days. After putting two and two together, I realized I have a great, original idea on my hands. I have been in relationships where my love of wrestling was creating friction and also where my significant other enjoyed wrestling as well.
Q: Have you yourself ever had a partner disapprove of wrestling/your interest in it?
A: That is funny, though! When you're on a date, you never know if that is something you should bring up. As it happens, I decided to just go for it when on the first date with my now wife. When I brought up the topic of professional wrestling, she started naming the entire roster and that's when I knew things were looking up. After a year of dating, she surprised me with a trip to Atlanta for WrestleMania and that's when I knew I would marry her. Fast forward and we have two beautiful children together. Wrestling has always been a mainstay in my home and I needed to know that would be okay with someone I was dating because it means something to me. After the first time I saw Hulk Hogan, I was hooked and haven't looked back.
Q: What countries is it available in?
A: We started in the United States several months back. After some research, we discovered there was a demand for our site from people in Canada and the UK. We recently launched in those countries as well. Currently on our radar are Ireland and Australia and we hope to tackle those countries this year!
Q: How much does it cost to use?
As it stands, we have a tier system like many other sites do. It is $39.95 for a one month subscription. Our three month program is $79.99, which works out to $26.66 a month. Our six month program is $112.95, which works out to $18.82 a month. Our best value is our year subscription for $149.95, coming out to $12.50 a month, which is cheaper than the other dating sites out there when you break it down. To start however, your first month is completely FREE.
Q: Favorite wrestling couple ever?
A: That would undoubtedly be "Macho Man" Randy Savage and the first lady of professional wrestling, Miss Elizabeth. During my childhood, this was the couple. This covers both storyline and real life. They were just magical. Elizabeth brought the Mega Powers together and ultimately their undoing as well. The onscreen chemistry was amazing and they complimented each other very well. We all remember that emotional moment at WrestleMania 7. Savage had just lost a career match to the Ultimate Warrior and Sensational Sherri started attacking the Macho Man, while Elizabeth was in the crowd looking worried. After a while, she couldn't take it anymore, stormed the ring, and saved Savage. When they hugged, there was not a dry eye in the arena. Even as an eleven-year-old kid, it got me. Those two, and wrestling in general, got me and many others emotionally invested. We want people to find the Miss Elizabeth to their Macho Man and vice versa.
Mr. Glenwick, thank you and the best of luck with the site. So, there you have it Smarkers! Single and ready to rumble? Find your very own Macho Man or Miss Elizabeth here.