For everything wrestling does to frustrate fans, it does so much more to connect and bring people together. The follow is an example of that. It’s also proof that “wrestling is good.”
Look around the crowd at a WWE Raw event and you’re sure to see people from all walks of life. Rich and poor, young and old, male and female. We’re all just fans once the bells rings.
This past Monday in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the sea of people in the stands included Officer Tommy Norman and his “All Star Crew.”
With more than 1 million followers on Instagram, Norman sets the example for community policing. He spends as much time out of uniform serving his town of 66,000 as he spends with it on. In particular, he’s reached out to the African American community in an effort to show that law enforcement can be much more than the negative headlines you see on TV.
One person whose taken note of his positive policing is Sasha Banks., who gave him tickets to Raw.
In true fashion, Officer Norman brought along some of the people he regularly features on his social media account — a group he’s nicknamed “The All-Star Crew” — to watch their first wrestling event.
After the big surprise was revealed, Norman used donations he receives through his Instagram followers to purchase souvenirs for each of his guests. At one point in the show, he posted the picture below — his guests enamored by what they were watching.
On the way out of the event, Norman posted a video thanking Banks and everyone who made donations to help make the RAW trip a success. He also made an observation sure to tug at the heartstrings of even the most hardcore of wrestling fans.
“So much going on across the world today — so much hatred and tension — but take the All-Star crew and they’re absolutely happy by the simple things in life.”
An escape from the struggle life can sometimes be is needed for everyone.
Even the most unlikely of pairings — like a police officer and the people he serves.
That’s just another reason why wrestling is good.