By Josanda Addo
Cricket Wireless provided me with the opportunity to meet WWE superstars virtually for
free. Usually meet and greets are done in person, but social distancing protocols were instated.Stars would often announce meet and greets randomly, and it would be a race to get a ticket before they sold out. I was fortunate enough to talk with two of my favorite superstars, Kofi Kingston and Bayley, and was able to tell them how thankful I am for their hard work. They gave me motivation to work hard, stay focused, and to continue pursuing my dreams.
Kofi Kingston made history last year, becoming the first ever WWE Champion of African
origin. Specifically, he was born in Kumasi, Ghana. To give some insight as to how monumental this is: hundreds of thousands of people aspire to one day have this honor, but only a little more than 50 people have ever held this title. As an African American woman with Ghanian ancestry, it was very inspirational to see someone like me achieve the greatest honor in the wrestling industry. When I revealed that, he looked absolutely delighted. Watching his journey and seeing the amount of years it took him to achieve such a monumental goal made me realize that resilience is everything. “Without you, without the support of everybody, the moment would not have happened. It wasn’t just me, it was all of us,” Kingston said.
Bayley currently has the longest Smackdown Women’s Title reign in history. She has
held the title for over a year, which is a huge achievement. There could not have been a better time for me to meet her than when I did. I have always liked her, but she has grown on me even more since her title reign began. I asked her for words of encouragement, as I was having a hard time dealing with some personal issues. She said, “I know times can get hard, especially during these days, but it’s when we have to dig deeper and find the core of us. There’s so much more to us than what we let ourselves see.”
These words resonated with me deeply, and I hope it will reach at least one person that is reading this as well.
I was debating on whether or not it would be worth writing this article. “Nobody really watches WWE these days, it’s not mainstream anymore,” I told myself. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that pro wrestling was fake, I would be the richest person that I know. Although this is somewhat true, I decided that I should not feel ashamed about what entertains me. I’m learning to be more open about what I find enjoyable, and not caring about negative things people have to say about me. Given the current times that we live in, it is necessary to spread positive messages and good vibes whenever I can.