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Pro Wrestling and America’s Pastime

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Pro Wrestling and America’s Pastime

Scott Steiner showing his disapproval towards Buffalo's women

The beauty in professional wrestling is anything but aesthetic.

Sure you have your shiny, Adonis-like men, oiled up like the Hawaiian Tropic ladies in the midst of their National Bikini Tour and the divas/knockouts wearing just enough clothing to keep jaded male fans interested and little boys questioning what “that feeling” is, but that’s all just decoration.

What keeps wrestling important is its ability to bring people together, regardless of race, background and pretentions. It’s a cipher for everyone still clinging on to a piece of their childhood; everyone refusing to lose their dinosaur.

The crowd at last Saturday’s TNA BaseBrawl at Coca-Cola Field was a thunderous middle finger towards Banana Republic.

Most notably, there were a lot of handicapped and mentally challenged people getting re-acclimated with society and feeing every bit as equal as they should. Standing next to them were their beaming family members, seeing everything that once took them to tears fade away for an evening.

That’s something you don’t forget.

The majority of the seats were filled with families of all sizes and colors, united by the T-shirt. Every wrestling tee a badge worn with pride and aplomb. The only people that were dressed up were in costume.

On the outside, wrestling fans might seem like the sole demographic that kept Hills Department stores afloat well into the ‘90s, but deep down all they’ve ever been is a community of people reliving their past with their present through a harmless medium.
The matches were all nostalgic fun, whether they came in the form of Eric Young and “partner” Orlando Jordan hamming it up against Kazarian in a gimmicky baseball themed match, Matt Morgan taking out “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero in classic big man style, Gun Money using their slick teamwork to squash the British Invasion, or Scott Steiner ranting about Buffalo being filled with “ugly b*tches,” having Hulk Hogan work his opponent Kurt Angle outside the ring, delivering his trademark from behind low blow and still losing, it was classic wrestling entertainment.

In a time when pro wrestling's marquee organization is hopelessly lost in the lights, TNA's BaseBrawl proves that at the end of the day, all that matters is the wrestling.

It’s what made us fall in love in the first place. And it’s why we’re still here, wearing our red and yellow, booing the heels, cheering the faces and raising our kids to do exactly the same.


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