Over the years, I’ve known people who were into wrestling. I knew a few wrestlers by name, but I never understood it. “How can The Rock become an actor, he’s just a stupid wrestler” *facepalm* “Wrestling is fake!” I kept refusing to listen to fans, “What do they know?!”
I was in for a big surprise.
When I moved to Georgia, meeting new people as a mom, was really hard. On a whim, I signed up for nation novel writing month (NaNo), which would be my first and last. At a meetup, I met Brian and became instant friends. Tabletop gaming, online gaming, and all other nerdy things, we had a lot in common. But there with this one thing we did not; wrestling. It didn’t make sense to me, how could this guy who is into theater and gaming be into wrestling, it’s stupid. And I left it at that, not really talking about it, left on the back burner of “I don’t have time for this”
Unfortunately, 2017 took Brian’s best friend Sean. Talking about the loss hasn’t been easy, losing anyone you have a bond with takes time to heal. I was only friends with Sean for two years, so I feel like I have no place to talk about it, but when Brian talked about how he watched wrestling with Sean (and a few other friends), it brought him so much joy, there was no way I could say no to watching it. So with some obligation, I watched my first match. NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, 8/22/2015, Bailey VS. Sasha Banks. Brian brought it up on the WWE network as we waited for friends to show up to DnD night.
I went into the fight with some reservations, but also with a very open mind. I may have watched it out of a friend supporting a friend, but I left with a new found love. My only regret now, it that I will never get the enjoyment out of having a full group of friends, with Sean included, watching a show together. I will never got to see his reaction to seeing his favorite wrestler, Rey Mysterio, who made a surprise return to the WWE at the Royal Rumble
I started watching wrestling because of a friend who passed, but I stayed because Pro Wrestling is a story of strength, friendships, rivalries, and silly shenanigans. It’s a place to escape. A place to bond with friends and family. To cheer, to cry. To be apart of something special. Moving to Georgia changed my life. It has given me friendships I never thought possible. Wrestling is the icing on the cake. I just wish I had discovered it sooner.
My plan for this next year is to take everyone on a journey as a new fan. What I watch, why I watched. Old fights new fans should watch and other things I’ll announce later. I never thought in a million years I’d be writing about Pro Wrestling, but here I am. Thanks Brian, this is all your fault.