I grew up a big wrestling fan. My brother was such a giant wrestling fan that he used to practice all the cool wrestling moves on me. Sometimes I think it’s a miracle to think that I survived jumping off the house onto our trampoline and having light bulbs broken over my head. That’s just the way we got down back in the day.
I’ll never forget when my mom took my brother and me to the El Paso civic center to see my first WWE event. The main event, The Ultimate Warrior Vs. Mr. Perfect. Can you imagine? I was so star struck when I saw The Ultimate Warrior. He was my guy back in the day. I even had a poster of the guy on my wall in my bedroom. Luckily for me, Warrior was a good guy. However, I took to the bad guys too. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe not, but I feel pretty confident in saying that none of the wrestlers who made superstar status would pull a move as MJF pulled at a Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo.
MJF’s schtick as a wrestler is a bad guy who is mean to kids. I get it, weird angle, but I get it. However, I always thought that Comic expos and events were a time to meet “stars” up close and personal. It’s an opportunity for entertainers to thank those of us who buy tickets to watch them do their thing. When I saw that MJF flipped the kid off, then read that the kid was upset by what happened, the only thing that I could think about was how I would react if my son’s feelings were hurt by someone he admires so much. I get it, that’s what this guy does, that’s who his character is. Maybe it’s me just getting older, but I thought this was way out of bounds.
Should Dad have known better? Maybe. Or, maybe he was trying to show his son a good time by introducing him to someone he loves to watch on television. All I’m saying is that the wrestlers who have become global superstars, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, Ric Flair, they’ve always been kids first. My prediction, we won’t be seeing this guy headlining any pay-per-view anytime soon. Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll see.
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