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Thank you for the future

By: Lekisha Oliver


Inside wrestling, there are people that you consider friends, or acquaintances, but there are a very few people that you can consider family.  Those people are the ones that take you into their home at face value and make you one of their own.  Those people are the most precious ones that are in wrestling.


I know that some of the articles I have written over the past few weeks have dealt with more interviews and looks towards the future, but the ones that I really treasure have personal experience behind them.  This is one of those articles. 


I have been a valet for some of the best wrestlers that I could ever hope to meet.  These wrestlers have taken me by the hand, while I lead them to the ring, and made me a part of their family, but one family has taken my husband and I and made us one of their own.  This family and I have had many problems with each other at ringside, but when the show is over, the curtains are drawn, and the fun begins.  Whether it be the mother and the father of these individuals cheering or jeering us at ringside, to the daughters which made us feel like part of the family to the next generation making their way to ringside and into the future, this family has always been there. 


Over the past couple of weeks, the patriarch of this family passed away and the matriarch was left with a hole inside her life, and with only memories to fill that missing piece.  But the love that was shown to this wonderful woman by the extended family that had been formed hopefully helped to ease some of the pain that she has been dealt.  The family that this wonderful person has now has extended over several companies and several states to grow into one of the strongest relationships that has been seen inside the wrestling business.   Now that the benefit has completed for this wonderful family, I would like to express too all the fans who attended, thank you to each and every one of you.  Each person who showed up displayed that the love that this family has created inside of wrestling has grown to ringside as well. 


But all the family that has grown has taken in everything and every kind of personality imaginable and has made them stronger with the love that they displayed.  To each member of this family, I know that your love has made this writer stronger, as well as the relationships towards each one of you, but the love that you have shown to everyone else by example shows stronger than any Hallmark card or any amount of money can be spent.  To everyone in this family, thank you for the memories and thank you for the joy, the tears and the love that you have shared with each and every one of us. 


Thank you once again for everything to the readers and to the fans that joined at ringside to pay respect to this family and to show that the love that was shown was not shown in vain. 


To all the fans, the wrestlers and the businesses who helped during the benefit over the past couple of weeks, a special thank you goes out to each person who gave from their heart.


Here is to the future of the wrestling business.  May each one of the wrestlers, the managers, the valets, the referees and the fans know that love in wrestling may be scarce, but when it is found, it is genuine and true.  May more families show the love and the respect that this family has shown.  Thank you from the “sons” and the “daughters” that love you with their entire heart!