In the first week of our “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” course we talk about two of the main brands featuring superstars from the WWE: SmackDown and Raw. Superstars are assigned to one of the brands and appear on television shows on Monday (Raw) or Tuesday (SmackDown) nights.
Draft day – when the managers of each brand take turns choosing members – is a BIG deal in many households with people who have Down syndrome (including mine.)
Doctor Dennis McGuire, PhD, Director of Psychosocial services at the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois wrote an essay that is now famous in our community.
In “If People With Down Syndrome Ruled the World,” Dr. McGuire talks about The Center, and then describes a fictitious world where the imagination and creativity he’s found in his patients became the norm rather than the exception.
In a section titled “What About Self-Expression?” he lists some of his clients’ favorite television habits:
Classic TV hits would be very BIG and take up at least half the TV schedules.
“I Love Lucy,” “Happy Days,” “The Three Stooges,” etc. would be very BIG.
Wrestling would be very Big.
“Life Goes On” would also be very Big and replayed regularly
Our personal experience concurs with those observations and led to the creation of one of our first courses for self-advocates: “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble,” and eight week course about everything WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), including Monday Night Raw.
In week 2 of the “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” course we explore the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.
We talk about the different ways you can be inducted into the Hall, and look at some of the best know members.
The Warrior Award is given to someone who has “exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior” (James Brian Hellwig) who died of a heart attack three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in New Orleans four years ago.
This year, the award will be presented by Warrior’s widow to 15-year-old Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, double liver transplant survivor and longtime WWE fan.