The Wrestling Emerging Within (Part 1)

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The Wrestling Emerging Within (Part 1)
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After contemplating an article which i could write for many weeks I have finally decided to simply detail the effect wrestling has had on my life and how my love of wrestling came to be.

My first taste of wrestling was through a rare glimpse of the Invasion storyline. Like many, I was captured by Austin whenever I saw him.

He was electrifying and the rare times I was able to catch a glimpse of the show, I enjoyed it.

At this time, I was around 5 or 6 and I live in Australia, so it was very difficult for me to follow up on my initial interest.

Especially with my mother's objections to be having anything to do with Wrestling.

The initial interest faded over time, until on a weekly shopping trip, I stumbled upon a wrestling section at the local Blockbuster. I turned the cases over and over again. Taking in the names and details. When I asked my mum if I could rent one, she replied with a quick, short, "No".

This process repeated many times over for almost a year before my mum finally gave in. Under the condition that I had to pay for it, but much to my dismay...

I decided upon Survivor Series 2002 after noting something they called an "Elimination Chamber". After going home and immediately watching it, my initial interest was now becoming greater.

I loved the DVD, especially the match involving 3 Minute Warning and Rico against Jeff Hardy and Dudley Boys. The one thing that caught be in this match was the number of high risk spots performed which impressed my young mind.

After watching the Main Event and seeing Shawn Michaels' win, I was hooked. The way he performed in the match was brilliant and being young, I supported the face.

In this moment a ritual was created where I would rent various wrestling DVDs and slowly build up a knowledge. When I realized I could now watch WWE on TV, I was happy as ever. This was due to my family getting cable.

I tuned in every week with my older brother and glued myself to the TV. Those two hours were my downtime to do my thing. That thing was watch wrestling. In those two hours my problems were gone and I was in a different world of my own.

I attended school and slowly found I was not alone in my love of wrestling, as I discovered a very good friend of mine through our discussions of wrestling, a friendship that lasts to this day.

As John Cena emerged as a Main event star, Cena became my favourite. It didn't matter to me about his moveset, but his gimmick was brilliant.

As my wrestling knowledge grew, I also noticed the discouragement aimed at me. Most of which was due to the so called "inappropriate behaviour involved". No matter what anyone said, I continued watching and building up my knowledge of wrestling.

The peak of my experiences was my attendance at the Raw tour of Australia in 2005. At the time it was the best night of my life.

The thrill of my favourite star arriving (Cena) and the pure joy of chanting "You Suck" at Kurt. This also coincided with my growing friendship with Damian, whom I attended with. Before this, I didn't really socialize much, but with his help, I learned and became more popular.

This was also the peak of my love as I slid back down after not paying much attention to wrestling for two years. The reason was that I learned that wrestling was fake.

I was heartbroken, as previously I had no clue. Then after two years in the darkness, I turned the channel to mock my former love only to discover a brilliantly executed show.

I suddenly realized the true skill in what these wrestlers were doing and I admired them.

TO BE CONTINUED

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