Why You Should Be a Wrestling Fan
Everyone should be a wrestling fan. And it has nothing to do with wrestling.
I have been a life long wrestling fan. Some of my earliest memories are sitting on my dad's lap watch the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Mick Foley, Vader and others beating each other to a bloody pulp. And while I enjoy the actual wrestling, this weekend during WrestleMania in New Orleans, I realized that everyone should be a fan of wrestling and the WWE. And it really has nothing to do with the in ring product, the show or the spectacle.
To some, wrestling is nothing more than a fake sport or a soap opera for men. To others, it is a way of life. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, you should love and support what the WWE (and other wrestling organizations) do for the communities they visit.
WWE moved into the city of New Orleans last Tuesday (April 3rd). But their first stop wasn't a TV or radio station. They didn't start doing a full blown press tour to help sell off the last remaining seats at the Superdome. Their first stop was at Ochsner Children's Health Center and Children's Hospital of New Orleans.
They literally could have just come to town, made a ton of money and left. But that's not what they do. Instead of doing press or trying to sell their product, they took time out of what I'm sure is an insane schedule to put some smiles on sick kids' faces. Not only did they spend the majority of the day with kids who are suffering from some serious illnesses, but they took time to make them feel special.
They helped them create wrestling characters. They invited them to get in the ring, in front of a crowd, to pose, take pictures, and proclaim that nothing will keep them down. They spent time at local schools teaching about bullying and the importance of reading. The work WWE does in the communities they visit is truly amazing.
Part of the WWE mission is to leave every community they visit better than when they got there. The stuff they do during WrestleMania week gets more attention because its an event on the level of the Super Bowl, but they literally do stuff like this every single day of the week. And for that reason alone, you should be the biggest wrestling fan on the planet and support every show that comes to town.