It’s amazing how certain things are blown up in the media while others are completely ignored or glossed over. In pro wrestling if someone dies and there’s any chance drugs of any kind were involved you’ll hear about it to no end on the major media outlets, meanwhile they don’t want to report on Vince McMahon using his companies money to pay for any rehab that may be needed for his former employees. Sensationalism is the primary driving force in the news these days and it’s a shame we’ve fallen that far as a society.
A couple months back we saw WWE finally induct the Ultimate Warrior into their Hall of Fame, something that’s been a long time coming for many people, then just days after that induction the Warrior collapsed with a massive heart attack. In the days following we heard all the speculation about what caused his death with Nancy Grace bringing in Diamond Dallas Page for an interview and ran off a list of wrestlers who died young. Instead of talking to Page about the amazing things he’s done in turning around the life of Jake Roberts and Scott Hall who also entered the Hall of Fame, she was more interested in bashing the business and insinuating drugs killed anyone who died in the profession.
Pro wrestling never gets a fair shake with the media, no matter what they do it seems that the only way to get any real publicity is for someone to die of an overdose or some type of steroid related tragedy. Around the same time as this year’s WrestleMania there was another story that was pretty much glossed over by the news agencies, a little kid by the name of Connor Michalek was given the chance to live his dreams through the Make-A-Wish foundation, a video came out chronicling these moments, while it got a little press here and there it was essentially passed over by the majority of news stations.
Today another news story has come out, and quite conveniently it’s not being mentioned in the major media outlets, it’s apparently not controversial enough to garner attention. Stephanie McMahon and her Husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque have created Connor’s Cure, a charity through the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, a fund dedicated to pediatric brain and spinal cancer research, as well as medical care for children and their families. This is an awesome move by the WWE but will we see it get the publicity it deserves? Not likely, much like John Cena’s attempt to reach 1,000 wishes granted, it’s not salacious enough to get airtime.