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Wrestling with Myself 5: Looking the Part

I've been wrestling with "looking the part" lately.

I feel like I've got the right stuff but don't quite fit the image of what "right" actually is.

Pro wrestling is filled with examples of people like this. The entire industry feeds it. Think about it: when your business is staging fake fights, it's important the fighters look like they can kick some ass.


This is the justification that has kept some of the most talented and innovative performers from realizing their in-ring dreams (or caused it to take a lot longer).

It kept Kofi Kingston out of the main event picture for 11 years before ironically being the reason his WrestleMania moment against Daniel Bryan -- another atypical superstar who is far superior in the ring to every chiseled meathead the company's tried to push ahead of him -- captured the imagination of the entire fan base and had me ugly crying like I actually won the damn title.

Not everyone can be chiseled like Randy Orton or John Cena, who actually used to wrestle under the name "The Prototype" for God's sake. Between these two they have 29 world championships and approximately 6000000 other titles and accolades.

But does that mean that if we don't fit the mold, we aren't championship material? Oh hell no!

Talent, ability, charisma, the "it factor" all come in many different shapes and sizes. Combatting the "why him and not me?" attitude isn't just important -- it's the only way to begin getting out of our own way. I've struggled to remember this when I'm watching other people take (being given?) a seemingly easier path to notoriety.