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Chavela Rosado a.k.a. Stitch

At The Funking Conservatory we have a teen program for those between the ages of 14
and 17 who are interested in learning to be a professional wrestler. Safety is our first priority in training all of our athletes, young or adult.

Chavela Rosado at the age of 15 is one of our outstanding wrestlers in the Teen Program. She knew what she wanted and wrote the following essay at the age of thirteen.

Wrestling is important to me. Just about everybody who knows me knows that for a long time I've been trying to think of a way to explain why wrestling is so important to me. Sometimes it's hard to explain when people don't understand. If Vince McMahon were to ask me why I want to be a wrestler I know I'd have a good response and here it is from the top.

I've watched wrestling since I was ten years old. I never liked it before that. My opinion of wrestling before I actually started watching it was that it was stupid. I was like any other person who doesn't understand wrestling. To me all wrestling was was just a bunch of hairy men running around in under wear looking things. When I decided to watch wrestling for the first time it was for two reasons. One of them was that I had found a Stone Cold hat and when I found out who he was I wanted to see him since I was wearing a piece of his merchandise. Another reason was because I always heard kids talking about Stone Cold and I wanted to fit in so I thought if I knew more about wrestling, I could start a conversation, So, I watched my first episode of Smackdown. I thought it was cool and I started to watch it occasionally. Around August of 2000 I became hooked and I couldn't miss a single Smackdown. (We didn't have cable to watch Raw) and from there my interest kept growing. When I got my computer I would be on it all day trying to read as much about wrestling as I could. This summer I decided that I want to be a wrestler.

Here's why:  After watching it for almost three years now I've gained so much respect for the business. Vince McMahon is one of the smartest men alive in my opinion. He's made such a great business. I've realized that a lot goes into making a show interesting. It takes more than just the wrestlers. There are commentators, announcers, camera crew, creative team, and many others. I respect the whole business and all the people who work for it because it takes all of them to make it entertaining. I want to be a part of all that. So, reason number 1 is respect.

I've always enjoyed Karate movies and stuff like the Power Rangers and I always thought it would be fun to be an actress. The problem with that was that it still didn't seem like that would be enough. I like the entertainment and acting but I wanted more. Wrestling has all the acting entertainment with angles and story lines but then there's also all the physical stuff and wrestling that makes it even more fun.

When I was five I loved to play Power Rangers with my dad and we would just play and wrestle around. When I was seven I had a friend named Lance that would wrestle around with me and I always had so much fun. I got into Karate at seven but got discouraged and quit. At twelve, I tried Karate again and stuck with it. I enjoy showing off the things I learn and I enjoy learning new things. So, my third reason is the physical parts of it.

I love to prove people wrong. If they say I can't do something, I like to show them that I can. I hate it when someone tells me I can't do something because I'm too young or because I'm a girl. I'm very mature for my age and I'm just as capable of doing anything a guy can do just as good or even better. I want to make history and do something no other girl has done or something no one else my age has done. If I make it into the WWE one of the thing I'd like to do is become tag team champions with another female wrestler. My fourth reason is that I like to prove people wrong and make an impact.


Matt and Jeff hardy (South side of North Bound)
I also enjoy helping people when I'm upset I can watch Matt and Jeff Hardy's matches and It'll make me smile. I want to be able to entertain people to where for the time that I'm on TV they can forget about their problems and just enjoy the show. I also want to be a role model. Matt and Jeff Hardy are my role models. They are so young and They've accomplished so much. Watching Matt and Jeff is basically my solution to all my problems. as a wrestler I would want to visit all my fans especially sick ones. It would make me so happy if I could make a child who hadn't smiled in awhile smile for the first time because they saw me. When I would become more of a WWF Superstar, I'll want to start donating money to charity once I have a house and everything situated. My fifth reason would be to help people.
So if I had the chance to tell Vince McMahon why I want to be a wrestler, that's what I'd tell him.

Stitch


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