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As juvenile as the nature of the sport may be, when it’s done right, wrestling is occasionally able to create sincerely moving, emotional moments. It’s a rare sight, but it’s a phenomenon that exists nonetheless. I know that as an at least slightly hardcore wrestling fan (if you lurk and post in these forums, you most likely are one – unless you’re an FFA troll) there is at least one on-screen, kayfabe moment, in a time when it was still all real to you, or even otherwise, that elicited some strong emotions from you.

Perhaps it was when Eddie won his first and last WWE Championship. Perhaps it was the end of Wrestlemania XX, after Chris Benoit (yes, I dare say his name) had just won the World Heavyweight Championship, which was an emotional moment in itself, excluding the celebration with Eddie. Perhaps, to use a recent example, you marked out when Daniel Bryan won his first title in the WWE back at Night of Champions, just because you rooted for the literal underdog.

The point is, professional wrestling is, most of the time, more storytelling and drama than it is sport and athletics. When it elicits some real, powerful emotions from you, that’s when you know that it’s done right.

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Online outrage over Manila hijack

Author’s Note: This column was originally published in the Asian Correspondent on Aug. 26, 2010. The original page is here.

This article was pretty much well-received in class due to the small (but significant) reaction it received and due to the timeliness of the issue. The criticism levelled against it was not really in the content of the column itself, but rather in the way I replied to one of the commenters who took the time to voice his or her opinion on it.

I had replied rather brashly, which may have led to another commenter calling me immature. (Though that also could’ve been because of what was said in the blog.) We were then taught that we must be professional above all else and despite our own personal feelings, because there is a reputation to be protected.

The column follows after the jump.

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