Move over Madness, Mania is coming

on April 2016 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

I have a confession to make. I know we haven’t known each other for very long but at some point during every relationship, my one dark truth always comes out. OK, I am sure I have waaaaaay more than just one, but let’s just forget about that for now. Truth is, I respect you enough for you to hear it directly from me, so here it goes… (Deep Breath)

I watch wrestling.

There I said it. I can’t take it back now. I have put forth my heart on my sleeve and have left myself open to your ridicule. Don’t misunderstand me, when I say I watch wrestling, I don’t just mean I will watch Wrestlemania 32 this weekend. I mean to say that I watch it every week and more often, several times a week. Throw in some NXT and other big promotions like TNA and Lucha Underground and you start to get the idea of how committed (insanity pun intended) I am. Lately, my addiction hasn’t stopped there either, as I now frequently attend local Independent Wrestling shows as well.

So why does wrestling have such a strong hold on us and by us I do mean both men and women. If you don’t follow wrestling I think you will be utterly surprised by how many women not only watch but participate in it as well. What used to be mainly an all-male sport followed by an all-male audience has changed for the better. In the past, women were involved in wrestling but usually not in a very flattering manner. They were valets, dressed provocatively and those that did wrestle were put in “evening gown” matches, pillow fights and other demeaning stipulations.

Things are changing for the better and although there are still obstacles and barriers to overcome, women have shown that they can wrestle just as good as the men. In WWE that came in the form of a number of wrestlers, in particular the Four Horsewomen of NXT. They are Charlotte, Bayley, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.

The matches these women have put on have been very good. In fact, if you have a chance to see the match between Sasha Banks and Bayley at NXT Brooklyn, watch it. It deservedly won 2015 NXT Match of the Year as the story they told, the athleticism they displayed was utterly fantastic. These women have all earned the accolades they receive for revolutionizing women’s wrestling. The fantastic part about it is that the revolution really began at the grassroots level.

The women’s independent wrestling scene has always been at the forefront of this movement. They wrestle in many different styles as the men do, sometimes have their own all-female shows and they more than hold their own during inter-gender matches. They are the complete package mastering not only the physical and psychological in-ring skills but being able to cut a promo and build their character outside of the ring as well.

Wrestlers such as Candace LeRae, Veda Scott and Kimber Lee are well known throughout North America’s independent scene. Cherry Bomb and Courtney Rush just recently main-evented Any Given Sunday for Toronto’s SMASH Wrestling promotion in a match that had been building for over a year. Both of these stars have also been on television with TNA. This gives you a great idea of just how good the talent is at the independent level and just how good the female talent is in general. If you have the opportunity to see a show, trust me, just go. These women and men not only put on an incredible performance but are very accessible as well. During the intermission and after the show they usually hang around and you can talk to them and buy merchandise directly from the wrestlers themselves.

So as embarrassed as I may have been to even mention it, there are a ton of people that do follow wrestling. If you are one of them don’t be afraid, speak up and let me know why. Add a comment below or send me a tweet, but let’s keep the momentum going.

Yes, I really do like wrestling and you know there really is nothing wrong with that.

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