I've been watching wrestling since I was 5 years old. Watching the likes of The Rock, Stone Cold, Triple H, and The Undertaker go toe to toe in sports entertainment's biggest venues and spectacles like Wrestlemania. As I grew up, I would always stay up late on Monday nights for WWE Raw is War and then on Thursday for WWE Smackdown.
It wasn't until I hit high school that I first learned a little bit of ASL (American Sign Language). My friends would fingerspell anything they were saying by their side, and I thought that was awesome. So I signed up for ASL at my high school and have been signing ever since (around 6 years or so).
Sign language and the Deaf community have been such a big part of my life that I even went to college to become an interpreter, finishing up classes in June of 2011 when the college dropped the program.
I have a good number of Deaf friends and a good 75% of them love wrestling, but when the DVDs come out for a PPV, they miss out on the commentary and the promos due to the DVDs not having a subtitles option.
This is important because the WWE is not producing their wonderful product so that everyone can enjoy it. They are only specified on hearing people, and without captioning/subtitles, the Deaf portion of the WWE Universe end up missing out on key parts of stories and character development of any given WWE Superstar.
Please contact me at WrestlingWithSubtitles@gmail.com
Begin adding subtitles to all media releases (DVD, Blu-Ray, etc)
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing fans of the WWE are missing out on promos, interviews, and the announcers commentary during the match. They are not given the equal access to the product that other languages are given.