Twist of fate to life

Taylor Jensen, Reporter

Looking back ten years ago I never would’ve thought that I’d be in love with wrestling as much as I am now, let alone know that it exists. Most of my family weren’t fans of wrestling so I was basically the odd one when it came to interests. 

I always thought of WWE as a larger than life phenomena that I couldn’t imagine my life without.  When I was 11 years old, one night I was sitting in the back seat of my mom’s car when my sister suddenly handed me this DVD case over her seat. 

I took it from her hand and looked at it for what seemed like forever because it looked so fascinating. It was the WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 video game and it had John Cena, The Undertaker, and Bobby Lashley on the cover. 

I had never seen anybody like those guys before because they looked monstrous and intimidating. 

I had no idea who they were at the time or the WWE. It had intrigued me so much that as soon as I got home that night, I popped it into the Xbox 360 and attempted to play.  My sister had helped me and introduced me to some of the wrestlers and my life was never the same after that night. A year later in 2009, I went to my first WWE show at the Rabobank Arena and the memory is still so clear. 

As I walked down the steps and to my seat, I couldn’t hold in my emotions when I saw what the ring and the set looked like in person. Other kids dreamt of seeing Disneyland in person, I dreamt of seeing WWE in person. 

That show started an over 10-year streak of me attending the shows in Bakersfield. I have not missed one since that day. I had the opportunity to collect autographs, come in contact with my heroes, feel the energy and just have the best times of my life that I will never forget. 

People ask me why I love it so much. 

They say it’s “fake,” “stupid,” “cheesy,” or a “soap opera on steroids.” 

It honestly doesn’t anger me. It just gives me the green light to express how much I love and appreciate it whether they want to hear it or not. I truly wish more people would appreciate what these men and women do for the business because they really do put their lives on the line. 

It didn’t take me long to realize that I wanted to experience the energy from the WWE shows every day. When I would leave each show, I would just imagine what it’d be like to be around the excitement every day. 

For years I’ve been chasing my dream to become an employee of WWE, specifically a WWE Creative Writer. 

Writing the scripts for the shows would be a thrill and it’s something that I’ve been longing to do. One could make someone’s career with a simple idea for a promo, match, etc. I don’t think of the money, I think of the dream that I’ve held close to me throughout the bad times in my life. 

I always reveled at the idea of having one of my storyline ideas come to life at a WrestleMania someday. 

There would be no greater feeling and no greater level of success than that moment. 

Working at Rabobank Arena now is such an incredible experience and it’s so surreal because I get to work close with WWE. Especially when I work televised WWE shows, I feel like I’m not even working and that’s what I imagine working for that company would be like. 

There’s the saying that if you love what you do then you don’t work a day in your life. 

My passion for WWE runs deep and forever will for the rest of my life.