Many people in the world do not understand the true meaning of why most of us are so passionate about the world of professional wrestling.
To them it is a “fake” sport, where the outcomes are predetermined and the violence and hostility toward your opponent are scripted. It is a sport where men and women travel the world, clad in costumes and personas which mask their “true identity” in a way that makes you think wrestlers are written and developed on a comic book storyboard in the offices of DC or Marvel, rather than inside the brains of wrestling writers tucked away behind the scenes.
To those of us who are diehard wrestling fans, these little things mean the world. Pro-wrestling provides us a getaway from the rigors of everyday life and the stresses and problems that seem to diminish for a brief period where we are able to let go of everything and watch our favorite characters step between the ropes to compete. Pro-wrestling is a constant in the lives of fans both young and old, helping us combat our issues and find strength to fight our real life battles, be they big or small; even fights that seem downright impossible at times.
A couple of weeks back, a wrestling promotion called “Midwest All Pro” out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota gave the world a glimpse of the magic and heart wrestling fans see when they attend an event; this time in the form a brave little girl who stole the show with her big heart and radiant personality.
Five year old Reese Whitney was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer when she was 18 months old, and throughout her fight, her in ring heroes at Midwest All Pro have provided an escape from the stress of chemotherapy and surgeries and helped shape happy thoughts and positive vibes during her hard-fought battle. In fact, the wrestlers themselves have even cited that Whitney is more of a hero to them then they could ever dream of being to her. Whitney dreams of becoming a professional wrestler, and when the Midwest All Pro family caught wind of this, they helped her live out that dream in a big way.
On April 9th of last month, Whitney was invited to be Midwest All Pro’s special guest ring announcer for one of their latest shows at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls. Usually Whitney and her family can be found sitting in the front row, cheering and booing with the rest of the audience, but this night belonged solely to Whitney; who walked down the aisle to the song of her choice; “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Reese entertained the crowd, dancing a jig before announcing the match, much to the delight of everyone in the audience; a true glimpse into this world of pro wrestling we all love so very dearly.
Midwest All Pro is owned and operated by Nick Dinsmore, (who is better known by his former WWE persona “Eugene”) and his wife Stephanie Dinsmore. During his WWE tenure, the Eugene character competed with the likes of Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle and more and despite being one of WWE’s most unusual character choices, Dinsmore never relegated from being an amazing in-ring performer. With that in mind, it is no surprise that he is a trainer and teacher who is creating in ring dreams for future generations through Midwest All Pro; be it future generations of wrestlers or the dreams of those sitting in the audience who just want their moment.
From all of us here at Fight Booth, our hats go off to Nick and Stephanie Dinsmore, everyone affiliated with Midwest All Pro and most of all, Reese Whitney. You are amazing human beings and we thank you for this truly amazing moment we can pass onto others. You truly showed the world what professional wrestling is all about.
For more information on how you can train with Dinsmore or catch a Midwest All Pro event; be sure and follow them @MidwestAllPro on Twitter and as always to discuss or read more of my articles be sure you follow me @NicholasGrooms on twitter as well.
(Sources: Keloland.com/ pictures provided by: Midwest All Pro)