Ha! This question is so great. I have a full time career, I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with honors, I will have my Masters degree in less than a year in Higher Education Administration, I have my own car, a great relationship, I’ve lost 85 pounds, I have tons of friends, I’ve traveled to Miami, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Disney World, Daytona Beach 3 times, Maine, Virginia, Boston, Salem for Halloween, Myrtle Beach next month and New Orleans In April (For Wrestlemania actually). With all of that said you’re going to question my hobbies and interests? I am not here to toot my own horn but I have accomplished more by the age of 25 than the majority of Americans will in their lifetime. I am pleased to say I love professional wrestling.
Here are some facts about the WWE by the way:
- They are a publicly traded company on the New York stock exchange
- Their top star John Cena, has granted more wishes than any celebrity for the Make-A-Wish every has before, hitting his 400th wish this past week actually.
- They run a nation wide anti-bullying campaign and do tours of schools to talk about their experiences with bullies and what can be done to prevent it.
- Wrestlemania, their biggest show of the year (you know the one that’s been around for 30 years) sells out and breaks attendance records in NFL stadiums. Those people come from all around the world.
- They have been producing weekly live shows every single week 52 weeks a year since 1993. More than any other weekly episodic show in history.
- Oh here’s a big one, In two weeks they’re launching their own network!
- They offer a rehab program free of charge to any former employee that may be suffering from drug addiction.
- They have a very strict wellness policy in place to prevent drug use. You may have noticed that wrestlers aren’t as big as they were 25 years ago.
- They do a yearly special for United States military members called tribute to the troops at various bases not only in the USA but around the world. I’m pretty sure you have to be older than 18 to enter the military soooooo…….
- This year they donated $1 Million to Susan G. Komen for a cure to fight against breast cancer.
- During breast cancer awareness month they make a pink version of every superstars shirt to sell on WWEShop.com in which all the profits go to fight breast cancer.
- They offer a yearly reading challenge to kids in which the winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to Wrestemania.
Here are some facts about my knowledge of professional wrestling.
- I do know that it is scripted much like the hunger games or twilight, they aren’t actually true stories. It’s called entertainment for a reason.
- It allows me a release every week from the stresses of my job and school. It brings me back to my childhood when I started watching in 1998.
- It is no different than a soap opera except the fact that it’s live so they only get one take making them much more talented actors than the ones on any show you may watch.
- Those wrestlers train for years to be able to pull off the moves they do without actually hurting their opponent much like Cirque du Soleil or stuntmen do.
- There are countless college students and adults that watch cartoons like Spongebob and Disney movies but for some reason wrestling’s different because you found out it was fake (good for you but guess what, it wasn’t a secret)
My final point is that with my extensive knowledge of professional wrestling being scripted and still enjoying it for the performance aspect that they put on every week constantly developing characters for years at a time, makes me smarter than someone that thinks there’s an age limit to enjoying things in life. I am not ashamed to support and love a business that goes so far above and beyond to help people fighting cancer, or supporting make-a-wish, encouraging kids to read, fighting bullying, or supporting our troops. If you don’t like fake things then you should only watch the news, no more sitcoms, movies, reality tv, or magazines.
This is entertainment, people and I for one am proud to be entertained by a company that does so much good.