What Happens When Wrestling Meets Reality?

Chris O ConnallCorrespondent IIIAugust 20, 2010

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What happens when wrestling meets reality?

The answer?

A lot of different things.

But, the things I've chosen to write about are the great, memorable moments.

You see, I believe that the greatest moments in professional wrestling occur when wrestling meets reality, or reality meets wrestling, whichever you prefer.

Cast your mind back and try to remember some of your favorite moments in professional wrestling, specifically in regards to the WWE.

Now, forget about the matches and focus on the other in-ring moments. Here are some examples of what I'm talking about.

September 11th, 2001.

For example, the horrible, sadistic and tragic events of September 11, 2001, also known as 9/11, led to a very memorable and extremely emotional remembrance service on Smackdown.

Every member of WWE payed their respects and showed how patriotic they were by commemorating those lost in the vicious attacks.

I apologize if this has brought up some sad memories, but I mean no harm or malice.

The Death of Eddie Guerrero.

Another example of such a tragic event leading to emotional, great moments is the passing of the late, great Eddie Guerrero.

In the days following his tragic passing, the WWE commemorated Guerrero with emotional interviews and some truly heart-warming promos.

Kayfabe was put to one side as WWE superstars put their on-air differences aside and embraced in remembrance to Eddie. No superstar was forced to perform, but many chose to do so out of respect.

TNA, ROH and OVW also payed tribute to the legend by dedicating pay per views and tv tapings to the star.

On November 13, 2005, Eddie was found unconscious in his hotel room, by his nephew. He attempted CPR, but Eddie Guerrero was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived on the scene. He was 38 years old.

Eddie died as a result of acute heart failure arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

He may be gone, but he is never forgotten.

Ric Flairs Retirement Speech.

The night after Wrestlemania 24, Ric Flair was honored as legends of past and present returned to honor this legend of professional wrestling.

Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Ricky Steamboat, Arn Anderson, Dave Batista, Chris Jericho, John Cena and Undertaker all appeared and bid an emotional farewell to this great performer.

Once again, Kayfabe was abandoned as every superstar, babyface or heel, payed tribute to the Nature Boy!

Tears were shed, hearts ached and memories were instantly created.

Superstars you wouldn't think of as emotional broke down in tears, and the fans chanted ''Thank you Ric, '' almost non-stop throughout the segment.

It really was a great moment.

Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania Farewell and His Farewell Speech

Forget the match, that speaks for itself.

Remember the emotion on Hickenbottoms face as he took his last walk up a Wrestlemania stage? (For now, anyway.)

Remember him falling to his knees, praying to God and thanking the fans? You can't tell me that wasn't great. Then, the next night, he delivered a farewell address from the heart.

The autocue was off and Shawn spoke from his heart, leaving kayfabe behind. 

Yet again, tears were shed, hearts ached and fans were treated to a Raw moment that will last forever.

It all ended with that cheeky grin and the famous words, ''Ladies and gentlemen, Shawn Michaels has left the building."


Above are just four examples of great moments that occurred when reality and wrestling became one.

But, most importantly, what do you think happens when wrestling and reality become one?

Consider this my farewell article. In the words of Jeff Hardy, ''This is not goodbye forever, this is only goodbye for now....''


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