Since CM Punk stepped into the octagon two weeks ago I feel I have been hearing more and more comments about the fact that it was the fake fighter going from fake wrestling to real fighting, as well as seeing/hearing the odd UFC personnel not wanting to discuss him, like he's not worthy. And do you know what? It's really pissing me off.

Have we seriously not got past this aged old statement of professional wrestling being fake yet? Have we really not let it go? The word just annoys me. I'd love to see every movie review start with 'just so you know, this movie isn't real' or 'what you are about to see isn't real, it didn't really happen.' or 'The emotion that actor just portrayed, it was all fake, he didn't really go through that.'

Professional wrestling is professional wrestling, it is what it is. It's entertainment AND athleticism all rolled into one. Love it or hate it, that's simply a fact.

CM Punk stepped into an Octagon two weeks ago and fought in an MMA fight. He DID NOT step into a wrestling ring and have a professional wrestling match with Mickey Gall. They are two completely different things and one has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the other. CM Punk trained for a year and a half in a completely new sport. He trained in a completely new territory, he had to learn all sorts of martial arts, techniques and movements that we simply don't do in a wrestling ring. He had to be prepared for absolutely anything, train his mind, focus his mental state on the idea that anything could happen. For all that I absolutely applaud him. It certainly takes some guts to become an MMA fighter and I have the utmost respect for every single fighter, as quite honestly it scares the heck out of me. No way in hell having come from a professional wrestling background would I be able to step into the Octagon tomorrow and have an MMA fight. In the same way, I don't believe an MMA fighter could step into a wrestling ring and go thirty minutes with HBK Shawn Michaels and wrestle on par with him. I imagine had it been a pro wrestling match Mickey Gall would have learnt a thing or two from CM Punk.

You see, professional wrestlers are a whole other breed. Though our wins may be predetermined and certain parts of matches choreographed, there is NOTHING fake about the physical aspect of being a pro wrestler. It bloody well hurts and not everyone can do it. There is no amount of lifting weights and doing cardio that can prepare you for being in the squared circle, you simply have to endure match after match, drill after drill, to get used to the rings, the ropes, the bumps and bruises. CM Punk is an awesome athlete, he came from a very physical background and went from pro wrestling shape to MMA shape and he did an amazing job. Yes I wish the outcome of his fight would have been different, but I have no doubt in my mind that when he fights again he will be over prepared. This time it was simply a whole new world to adapt to and it got the better of him, but that doesn't give you the right to criticize his previous profession or mock his passion for, or journey in to MMA.

So please, I ask of you, if you are a fan of wrestling, be proud, shout it from the rooftops and love it with all your heart and if you are a fan of MMA, I implore you to do the same. If you are a fan of both, then that's awesome, but please don't bash one or the other. If you don't like wrestling that's totally cool, but to those people who smirk, think they are big shots, laugh in the face of pro wrestling, call it fake and act like the wrestlers aren't athletes, you are just plain rude and obnoxious. When it comes down to it I feel it's so important to respect what other people do, so get off your high horse and try taking a hip toss from a guy who's 6ft tall and then call it fake all you want!

Have a great day!
Love Lucy xx

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