Right up there as one of the most common questions I’m asked when people first get to know me is “why wrestling?!” It’s typically followed by some remark about not looking like your stereotype of a pro wrestler. That, I agree, I am not. That is, if your definition or perception of what a pro wrestler is, is that cliché steroid-filled, hugely-muscular, excessively-tanned egotistical beast*. Yeah… ha! That’s definitely not me. I do love a good tan though.
So why do I do what I do?
When I was 15, I started to watch wrestling because a friend of mine was really into it. Shortly after, I found IPW in Auckland and would drive up from Hamilton each month to watch these guys do what the guys & gals on TV were doing. I was amazed and impressed. These guys were AWESOME! My curiosity got the better of me and I needed to know more, see more and learn more. I had to be amongst it and give it a go myself.
After debuting, I quickly understood the passion these guys had for wrestling. It’s that nervousness and the fire that builds inside just before you step through the curtains. It’s the adrenaline rush that comes from challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone and performing in front of an audience. It’s that moment you and your opponent are completely on fire and you feel unstoppable.
Now, it’s about that connection and impact I have on other people. From the child sitting in the audience looking for a strong female role model. To the new trainee looking for guidance and inspiration. If I can inspire or help someone to try harder, to pick their head up, or to follow their dreams. There’s nothing more rewarding than that. I still have fun and continue to feel empowered by pushing my own limits but that’s just an added bonus.
That is why I wrestle.
In the words of Sister Mary Rose McGeady- “There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.”
What do you do for fun? Do you do something for the benefit of others? What is your why? Let me know! I love to hear what other people are doing!
*Disclaimer: I am not calling the Ultimate Warrior any of the above. This is one of the first pictures that pops up when you google “pro wrestler”