Here's a crazy idea for you: finding your place in the world. That's the philosophy that's got Stardom female wrestler Kashima Saki in a chokehold – and, as it turns out, she's got it pinned to the mat. In a recent edition of Weekly Pro-Wrestling, the wire-thin wrestler waxes eloquent about the merits of doing what you're good at and – gasp – skipping out on what you're not. Groundbreaking stuff, right?
This may come as a shock, but not everyone who steps into the ring has muscles like a silverback gorilla. Take Saki, for instance. Even at her fighting weight, she looks like she'd have trouble wrestling a can of Pringles away from a toddler. But, oh boy, does she surprise. And that’s the beauty of it.
Rather than trying to bulk up like the Incredible Hulk on a protein shake bender, she's focused on turning her slender physique into a bone-cracking, joint-twisting weapon. Who needs muscle when you've got heart, right? Saki's approach is a refreshing change in a world that often focuses on the brawn, not the brain. And trust me, this lady’s got brains in spades.
And then there's her match against the human bulldozer, Syuri. Now, if you were expecting some David vs. Goliath upset, you'd be disappointed. But, if you were after a demonstration of why wrestling is more than a muscle show, well, you were in for a treat.
Kashima Saki went into that match looking like a twiglet in tights, and the fans were probably expecting to see her snapped like one too. But instead of trying to out-muscle her tank-like opponent, she flipped the script and danced around the ring like a ballerina in boots. It was more Swan Lake than WWE – and it was a breath of fresh air.
And what’s so admirable is Saki’s ability to take the grit and grimaces with a grain of salt. She's not afraid to admit that sometimes she gets tired, and that not everything in life is a slam dunk. It’s okay to be afraid, it’s okay to be tired, and it’s okay to want something else. And if that isn't a heavyweight punch of wisdom, I don't know what is.
To be a wrestling champ, you don’t have to bench press a bus. You don’t have to be the biggest, the meanest, or the toughest. You just have to be true to yourself. To do what you love, and let the rest fall into place.
With her head held high and the championship belt snug around her waist, Saki is a beacon of hope to all those wrestlers out there who are sick of drinking raw eggs for breakfast. She proves that being a champion isn't about the size of your muscles, but the size of your heart.
And, boy, Saki's heart is bigger than any wrestling ring. So, folks, grab some popcorn and settle in. Because with Saki in the spotlight, the future of wrestling looks brighter than a rhinestone leotard under stage lights.