We here at BoredWrestlingFan.com don’t take ourselves too seriously when it comes to what we do. We approach our articles and reviews with a lighthearted attitude and will often poke fun at wrestlers and wrestling organizations. When I heard about the “Stand up for WWE” campaign, I knew I had to do something. I had to give back to the company who has provided me with countless hours of entertainment since I was just 8 years old. This is my contribution.
For 20 years now, I’ve been a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation. Every single week for those last 20 years, I’ve tuned in, or if I couldn’t, I found a way to find out what happened on the show. Wrestling has been the one thing that I could consistently turn to no matter what I’ve had going on in my life otherwise.
I’ve bonded with my family over the WWE product. My late Grandfather and I would sit down every Saturday at noon when I was a child to watch “Superstars.” He’d tell me about the old days and guys like Gorgeous George, or Fritz Von Erich and the infamous claw hold, while cheering on The Undertaker and complaining that Ric Flair had to cheat to win his matches. My uncles and cousins would come over for every Pay Per View event. One of those cousins, Steve, is now able to get into WWE events for free when they come to town because he’s served in the military.
Aside from allowing U.S. Military personnel free tickets to the events, the WWE gives back to the community in several other ways. Two years ago, I went to WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, FL, and across the stadium from where I was sitting were 50 kids from 50 states, participating in what was the largest wish granting in the history of the Make A Wish Foundation. The Superstars of WWE grant more wishes for that organization than any other sports company. WWE also supports programs that encourage reading and education, as well as encouraging it’s fanbase, the “WWE Universe” to get out and vote as part of it’s “SmackDown Your Vote” campaign.
Sure, maybe not everything this company has done over the years has been wholesome, but for anybody, anybody at all, to attack this company now for things they may have done in the “Attitude Era” of the 1990’s, is ignorant to the fact that this is a company that has re-evaluated itself and returned it’s focus to good, clean, family friendly entertainment. Gone are the black t-shirts adorned with skulls and phrases involving the word “ass.” In their place are brightly colored t-shirts with positive messages such as “Never Give Up.”
The fact is, World Wrestling Entertainment is a global entertainment company that gives back to it’s fans and the community. After the tragedy of the 9/11, WWE kick started the healing process with a live edition of “SmackDown,” which was likely the first major public entertainment gathering following the attacks. When our troops headed to Afghanistan and Iraq, the WWE and it’s Superstars followed, helping boost morale for our fighting men and women.
This company has always been there for me, and as such, I’m here for them. I proudly stand up for WWE, and will continue to do so whenever necessary.
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