Monday, May 30, 2016

What pro-wrestling taught me about old age


As i worryingly pondered about growing old as my youthfulness fades, i thought about pro-wrestling. From the crowds to the pro-wrestlers themselves and i noticed something very peculiar - they all love pro-wrestling regardless of their age. You would think that pro-wrestlers like Stone Cold whom after suffering a knee injury would settle down and quit pro-wrestling period but no. He's still going to WWE events and doing podcasts. Even the fans (some who are around 91 years old) still attend WWE shows. In fact, it seems he wants to wrestle in the ring despite doctor's orders. I've met someone in a nursing home who still regularly watches pro-wrestling. 

As long as you do what you love, age doesn't matter at all. Beauty fades eventually but it's your passions that keep you youthful and alive. 

I look for pro-wrestling characters, not wrestlers

I have never been into purely athletic wrestlers because they are generic and out of place in an environment where it is about gimmicks. The pro-wrestling world surrounds entertainment not sport. While sports are certainly the means to gain entertainment, it's not legitimate. There's no appeal to pro-wrestlers who treat it as an athletic sport and dress like any other athlete. There are some exceptions like CM Punk but only because they have character which is what i look for. I love wrestling characters such as Stone Cold, the Rock, the Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley, Raven, Sabu, Jeff Hardy, the list goes on. They have their own style of dress, mannerisms, beliefs, attitudes, goals, and personalities. They are more of entertainers who are very successful in comparison to those who are simply there for athleticism. Wrestling characters are memorable because they are known by fans for their entertainment value and style of wrestling. Athletes on the other hand would do well in the Olympics rather than a pro-wrestling ring.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why the Batman is my favorite superhero

The Batman is without a shadow of a doubt the world's greatest detective with a traumatized past and a darkened future. I have been a fan ever since i was a small child when i borrowed some episodes of Batman: TAS from the library. I was fascinated by his mystique and character as a whole.

What makes the Batman unique and distinct from other superheroes is that he is an ordinary human with a traumatic past. The earliest Batman comics weren't as iconic as the ones rewriting his character in later comic issues. It all started when his parents were murdered in cold blood as a child and he was left an orphan. The question "why?" was left unanswered and he was abandoned in the cold streets of Gotham.

After a long journey from helplessness, guilt, sorrow, and anger, Bruce Wayne had a deep motivation to stop criminals and prevent them from committing crimes again. In his own way, Batman sought vengeance against Gotham's evildoers and chose the symbol of his greatest fear to combat evil - bats. He took the shadows of darkness and embraced them to become the creature of the night.

The Batman is one of the greatest superheroes for the mere fact that he represents the human will to do justice while hiding his flaws at some points. The Batman takes a traumatic experience and twists it for the greater good rather than blame society for his parents' death. He uses psychological intimidation, strength, stamina, endurance, speed, and so many resources to achieve his goals including detective work.

The Batman is full of burdens and still seeking his identity which is realistic whereas other superheroes are portrayed as invincible. The Batman is a superhero of mystique, fascination, inspiration, becoming Bruce Wayne who is a disguise in the day and his real persona when he is masked in the night.