By JOHN CHESTNUT
Being a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment and pro wrestling is tough.
Society always feels the need to point out how fake it is. They also ask if I have superhero bed sheets and if my mom still warms my milk at night. Which are both a yes for me.
Every Monday and Friday, I tune in as top draws like John Cena, C.M. Punk, Randy Orton and others put on these scripted performances of corny dialogue and fake rivalries. But these guys are complete athletes and wresting is an actual dang sport!
The WWE is on the road for 300 days out of the year, putting on live shows for up to five nights a week. No offseason, and a match can last for 20-30 minutes.
These guys are high-flying and subject their bodies to potential harm every time they step into the ring.
Wrestlers are continuously being hurled through tables and toss each other in and out of the ring. The chance of injury for a pro wrestler is higher than most athletes.
Wrestlers put their bodies through more training than an NFL, NBA, MLB or MLS player would. Yet we all classify those other organizations as sports, and no one bats an eye.
These guys also wrestle for championships, kind of like what the other sports do. The only distinction is that their championships are huge belts that are really awesome looking and blinged out with diamonds.
The WWE is kind of like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is also deemed a sport.
Most of the time, UFC is two guys rolling around for 15 minutes. And they take breaks between the rounds, which pro wrestlers don’t do.
I’m sure people will still remind me how it’s fake, but at the end of the day you can’t deny that pro wrestling is a sport.
As a 22-year-old guy who grew up loving wrestling, it’s time I defend the sport. Now excuse me as I go say my prayers and eat my vitamins, brother.