In my life Pro Wrestling has been a constant source of enjoyment and, sometimes, heartache. It has been a medium of entertainment I've turned to numerous times for leisure, and for learning. Wrestling has, at times, taught me life lessons. Lessons of determination, self-reliance, and integrity. Wrestling has broken my heart. It has made me cry for nostalgic reasons relating to my father. It has frightened me when, as a child, I witnessed characters who were intense enough to make me look away. In short, wrestling has made me feel. Wrestling, to me, is better than football, better than basketball, better than baseball, better than all other sports. Although "Better" may not be the word I'm looking for. I think the word I am looking for is "Greater". Yes Greater. Greater because of the emotions that are evoked whenever a match or promo is viewed. I wouldn't want anybody to get the wrong idea though. I greatly respect, and pay homage to, the passion, excitement, and power of all other sports, and their respective athletes and fans. Yet it is my belief that wrestling, unlike other sports, is more of an extension of our own hopes and dreams, and ultimately, our failures as well. It is a sport where a man, or woman for that matter, can become anything he/she wants to be. A sport where one can incorporate his or her own aura into competition. A sport where society's deepest desires and aspirations, can be played out in narrative form. Wrestling is the theater of sport. Its athletes the Shakespeare's that write its plays. Wrestling has become a worldwide phenomenon, and during it's rise to that seemingly permanent position, it has weathered the storm of conflict, controversy, scandal, and near destruction. But through it all wrestling as a sport has persevered. It has found ways to stay relevant and continue the tradition of the spirit of competition. It has found it's way into popular culture and into our hearts. It has a place in our collective history as an achievement in the art of spectacle.
My question to fellow Cagesiders is how does wrestling make YOU feel? How has wrestling impacted your life and what makes you love wrestling more than other sports?
Hopefully, because of my views and the veracity in which I've described my love affair with the sport, I wont be ridiculed for being sentimental or sappy. And if I am, I assure you I can take it. But I'd really like to hear the responses of our community to the questions I've posed, if only for the sharing of fondness for a sport unlike any other.