How Pro Wrestling Changed My Life

Michael OrteigaCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2010

Not a lot of you might know me for I have joined B/R a couple of weeks ago, I have been wanting to write an article for a while but between being in the university and going to work after that, I haven’t had much time to do anything basically.

Now let’s start.

When I was two years old, my parents were told that I nearly had all the characteristics that any other autistic kid had. My parents were shocked to know this, and for they were a young married couple at the time, they didn’t know what to do.

I was not to be bothered with when I was a kid for I was nearly unable to socially interact with anyone who wasn’t a family member. But there was one day when I felt like I wanted to talk to someone for what I have seen on TV the other day.

It was June 23, 1996. I was six years old at the time and for about 2 years I have shown some interest in Professional Wrestling.

And as my father have noticed that, he decided that it would be a great thing if he would try to bond with his son by watching a Pay-Per-View with him. So he bought the King of the Ring PPV which Steve Austin won at the time.

It was Stone Cold vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Jake had an injured arm and wasn’t in perfect shape to wrestle Steve Austin, But he wrestled him anyways.

As they were pounding on each other, Austin started getting the upper hand, and then something happened that would probably make any other 6 year old mad. Austin won by delivering a Stunner to Jake.

Now at the time Austin wasn’t really Mr. Popularity, for he wasn’t the Stone Cold Steve Austin that we knew in the Attitude Era.

As Austin was walking on the steps to be crowned Mr. King of the Ring 1996, he looked at Jake as he was carried out of the arena, and said: “the first thing I want be done is to take that piece of crap [Jake] out of my ring.”

I thought that he was rude for saying that for it was unnecessary. But then he said something else, something that probably changed my life.

He looked at Jake and said:  "You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16... Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"

I was shocked at what he said, and then I asked myself a question. Can I be as confident as he is?

A couple of days after that a few family members came to visit, I was in my room when one of their kids walked in my room, and when he did he saw all the Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Hulk Hogan posters that I had.

Then he started discussing wrestling with me, now on any other day i would probably feel uncomfortable if somebody that I wasn’t really close to talked to me.

But for some reason I felt like I had to respond. I started telling him about how Steve Austin delivered the Stunner to Jake Roberts, he didn’t know how it looked like, so I described it to him.

Then I told him about what Austin said, and he was shocked as I was.

That was the first moment as I can remember that I actually socialized with someone distant from me, but it didn’t stop there.

Other moments like when Bret Hart was screwed by Vincent McMahon made me angry as hell. Or when Kane came to have his revenge on his brother, the Undertaker.

There were also funny moments with Mankind and the Rock in the “this is your life segment”.

And there were the emotional moments like when Mankind won his first-ever WWE Championship from the Rock with the help of D-Generation X.

And more recent moments like when both Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero won Major Championships at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004.

Or sad moments like when I found out about Eddie Guerrero’s death, and the tragedy that occurred at the Benoit family residence.

Those were all moments to remember, and most were moments that you just loved to discuss with other people.

But the important thing is that these moments gave me courage, because I wanted to be like these guys. I wanted to open a can of whoop ass on everybody when I grow up.

At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Steve Austin was targeted by nearly everybody, but he didn’t care! He came in, kicked everybody’s ass, won the Royal Rumble and went back. And I wanted to be as fearless as he is.

I wanted to impersonate them in many ways, and wanted to have the same characteristics that made them stand out from everybody else.

And me wanting that made me distant from being afraid of the world outside and taught me that there is some kind of responsibility that I have to handle, and I must not be afraid to ask for help.

As long as I learn from my mistakes and concentrate on a current issue, I can accomplish anything!

And yes, Pro Wrestling helped me realize all that.  


Thank you for reading this article and I would like to apologize if I wrote a lot of the “moments like” in my article. Please comment and share your opinion about this article and maybe share your experience with Professional Wrestling.