Coming off of Mother’s Day, Alisa Burdick shares the impact her mother had on her fandom, and her writing.
First off, Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the wrestling fan moms out there! You might not believe this, but the importance of your influence shapes your children.
I’ve been a wrestling fan for close to 30 years. I’ve seen a lot of things, people and matches in that time span. Wrestlemania, The Undertaker’s debut, The Gobbledy Gooker, Anonymous GMs, Mike Adamle’s attempt at running Raw, William Regal as GM, The Golden Age, The Attitude Era… I’ll stop there.
I live in Milwaukee. A hub for wrestling as far back as I can remember. As a matter of fact, in one small city, there’s a statue of The Crusher. My grandpa and my mom would watch together often. That’s what she told me. She, in turn,
watched with my brothers and me. Those were days I cherish most.
Getting back on topic before I make y’all cry again, let’s touch on Raw for a second. The segment with Becky Lynch and Asuka… As a wrestling fan, I was oddly happy that Becky wasn’t champ anymore. I lost respect for her
after emasculating Seth during the whole Kayfabe relationship aspect on Raw. Maria Kanellis doing it was distasteful as it was. As a woman, however, I was happy for Maria Kanellis and Becky Lynch. Having children is a blessing.
I came to research this topic briefly for this article. As of this article’s print, there are five women currently and 13 previously employed by WWE with children. I’m sure there are more as my researched sites were older.
There was one name on the list that broke my heart: Ashley Massaro. She retired from WWE in 2008 when her daughter became ill. Her daughter and I share a painful thing in common. The unexpected loss of our mothers.
I will say one thing in closing. It was my mom’s dream to meet “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. So, once this pandemic stuff ends; I’m going to WrestleMania. I’m taking my mom’s picture to Stone Cold, having him sign it and putting in a frame. She’s one major reason I’m writing this post today. Without her, I’d never have my love of wrestling nor my love of writing.
Hey look, Ma, I made it!!