Pro-graps is awesome

by on Apr.08, 2019, under Blog, Wrestling

Becky Lynch wins the RAW and SmackDown Live Women's Championships in the main event of WM35
It’s going to sound stupid and a half but this is the most wonderful time of the year for me – WrestleMania season and another one is in the history books and as always when I get to this time of the year I’m always reminded just why I love professional wrestling so much

Yeah I’ve been a lifelong fan after seeing Razor Ramon take on Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X back in 1994 when I was a nine year old kid and my passion for it has never waned. Setting the VCR to watch WWF Superstars on Channel 10 after midnight only to find out the next day that the TV guide had lied and you’d just taped a bunch of Formula 1 coverage instead, to not going to bed on a Monday night so we could see Jim Waley farewell us on ‘Nightline’ just so I could see Scott Hall on (as Channel 9 called it) WCW International Nitro Wrestling.

My attention during VCE was probably drawn more to what was happening in the squared circle rather then my actual studies with regular debriefings at school on the Wednesday after the two week old RAW is WAR was on Fox Sports and sometimes, just sometimes, you’d venture into the WWF Down Under spoiler forum to chat what was going on in real time in the world of the wrestling. But when the WWE came down in 2002 for the Global Warning Tour (and you can check out my original George Lucas style special editioned review of it here) one of my fondest memories that I still tell to this day is walking in the city to get to a Ticketek with around $800 in everyone’s cash so I could buy tickets to the show. All I was thinking was “F*** I hope no-one robs me” and “Please don’t sell out!”

Wrestling is very much my jam. It’s very rare that I’m never thoroughly sports-entertained by anything that the WWE offers me, and I’ve also found a great appreciation for other wrestling out there like TNA/Impact and maybe the odd New Japan or Ring Of Honor show too. But the thing that I love most about wrestling? The bond of wrestling fans.

I get it, wrestling isn’t for everyone. Hell I’m not the biggest fan of Game Of Thrones and it certainly isn’t for me. But that’s the cool thing about wrestling! It’s opened the door to some great people who are even greater people outside the realm of professional wrestling! It doesn’t matter if you’re a father, an accomplished award winning journalist, or even a droogie that’s addicted to the keto life – wrestling is for everyone to enjoy.

I’ve been very lucky to at arms length do some work with the WWE and interview their and meet some of their superstars for work and in 2017, I was fortunate enough to take the ‘Ultimate Thrill Ride’ with my good friend Alex and actually tick off a great bucket list item and go to see a WrestleMania live in person and let me tell you this, there is nothing on earth quite as cool as attending WrestleMania live!

Not only that but I’ve been to the MCG as a part of one of the 70,000 strong members of the WWE Universe and see a live WWE Pay Per View at the greatest sporting arena on the planet and see a hometown hero in Buddy Murphy win a championship in front of his friends and family, in one of the best show’s the WWE has ever put out that’s on par with some of their best PPVs

But best of all, I’ve made some great friendships and watched and talked about a lot of crap both inside the ring and out. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling mates and it’s all been kick started through the gateway of professional wrestling. In a world where bad things happen and where everyone’s out to get a slice of whatever and you’ll have worries or troubles that get you down, it’s nice to have a hobby that feeds the soul a tad.

So once again to the WWE, another great WrestleMania and the hype of this being the most wonderful time of the year for a wrestling fan still lives. Plus my boy Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins got to have a WrestleMania Moment!

Most importantly, wrestling taught me one thing… and I’ll leave you with a quote from my favourite wrestler of all time – Hall Of Famer Scott Hall:

Hard work pays off. Dreams come true. Bad times don’t last. Bad Guys do…

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