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Professional Wrestling

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by kronik, May 8, 2007.

  1. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    I figure I'm setting myself for ridicule, but I don't particularly care.

    Have you ever followed it? How old were you, what time period, what organization/federation/etc.? What possessed you to stop if you did.. growing up, no longer entertained, blah blah.

    A part of the WWE's (I dislike the WWE) ad campaign is attempting to get away from the stereotype of wrestling fan = redneck. I can actually appreciate this since most of the serious fans that I know are the same ones that'd be into weird subcultures or anime and whatnot. Needless to say, it has me intrigued.

    I'll start.. great-Granddad started me off when I was about 7, watching the WWF. I did that until about 12; subsequently, I took a short break. Started up again at about 14, then started watching ECW, puroresu/Japanese deathmatches, and now I'm into Ring of Honor and at times, TNA. I watch WWE perhaps once every couple of months. I'm 26, for reference.

    (This is not a thread to drone on about wrestling being fake, etc. Thanks.)
     
  2. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You like them, the men in speedos.

    FWIW, from about twelve to fourteen I liked wrestling.
     
  3. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I loved wrestling all through late elementary and middle school. I was a WWF/E fanatic...I followed it really closely until they decided to take the whole soap opera thing over the top and split RAW and Smackdown into two different entities. It weirded me out so I stopped watching.

    I'll tune in every couple months just to see who's getting their ass kicked.
     
  4. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    I loved wrestling growing up (mid-late eighties through early to mid ninetees) : Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man, Million dollar man, honky tonk man etc.

    In middle school when I moved back to the U.S. I got into the WCW, NWO thing and stopped watching WWF/WWE wrestling. Those were wild times with bad ass sting and Hollywood hogan running sh*t. I remember kids in my school (eigth grade) having WCW vs NWO play brawls in class and hallways. NWO kids yelling "suck it!" and doing the x sign with their arms around the groin area. And WCW kids doing the diamond dallas page signal.

    WWE today is an absolute joke. I let my friends order pay per view 3 or 4 years ago in my house in college. but I dont follow it at all. I dont mind Stacy Kiebler though.

    Apparently though, WWE is still making tons of money and wins the 18-34 (15-34?) age bracket for their timeslots (maybe #2 to UFC now?). So more power to them i guess. Btw I was saddened to learn my aunt went out to watch The Marine on opening week and loved it. She wants the DVD now [​IMG]
     
  5. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    i just dont get wrestling. Dont see the appeal, just pure dont get it.
     
  6. Bergdorf Goodwill

    Bergdorf Goodwill Senior member

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    Two things:

    - I was deeply into pro wrestling from an early age, and got way into mid/late-'90s stuff. My interest peaked with Michinoku Pro/Toryumon stuff. Haven't followed it much in the years since.

    - I vehemently disagree with kronik re: the distancing of wrestling from redneckdom -- wrestling is an artform that should most appeal to hopeless pharmacy cashiers, retarded children, and the vocational school set. Nerds ruin it. The shame is part of the enjoyment.
     
  7. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I figure I'm setting myself for ridicule.)

    As if this was the first time.

    No, I've been of average intelligence from an early age so I was never in the wrestling demographic.

    There are so many disturbing things about this sentence.

    .
    IQ ?



    By the way, Jimmy Supafly Snuka rules!!
     
  8. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    I have always, and will always, hate you ed.
     
  9. romafan

    romafan Senior member

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    My triumverate: Dick 'the Bulldog' Brower, George 'the Animal' Steel, Bruno Samartino [​IMG] ....

    And then I turned 9
    [​IMG]
     
  10. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i dont like professional wrestling.

    but i was always intrigued by "The MILLION DOLLAR MAN TED DIBIASIE"

    he was the thinking man's wrestler.
     
  11. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    I'll show my age:

    Vern Gagne, Mad Dog Vachon, George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski.

    One of the wildest nights of partying in my life was in Winnipeg with Larry "The Axe" Henning, Andre the Giant and a bunch of other All-Star Wrestlers! Insane!
     
  12. Bergdorf Goodwill

    Bergdorf Goodwill Senior member

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    I'll show my age:

    Vern Gagne, Mad Dog Vachon, George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski.

    One of the wildest nights of partying in my life was in Winnipeg with Larry "The Axe" Henning, Andre the Giant and a bunch of other All-Star Wrestlers! Insane!


    Details please.

    Here is a must-watch Ted DiBiase vignette for diorshoe and everyone else:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLyyc...%3Fvid%3D15918
     
  13. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I don't understand the concept of half-naked men acting out rehearsed violent situations and people cheering them on.

    I mean, you can see that in Connemera's secret tapes.
     
  14. JLibourel

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    I enjoyed it in the era between when my family got a TV (ca. 1951/2) and when I went away to prep school in September of 1956. Never took it seriously, just enjoyed the theatrics of it all. It was just good, hokey, kickback fun. I usually rooted for the villains. They were much more colorful and interesting than the babyfaces.

    If my stepson had liked pro wrestling, I would have watched it with him in more recent years, but he has always loathed it.

    Women wrestlers today are incomparably better looking than back in my era when Mildred Burke was queen. Women's wrestling was illegal in California in my day. Today's women wrestlers would certainly have had a potent effect on my pubescent libido!
     
  15. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They had TV's in the 50's???? [​IMG]
     
  16. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    My night with the wrestlers: Must've been mid-80s. I was going to the Delta Marsh (nw of Winnipeg) to hunt ducks. A friend was driving his motorhome from my hometown. When I climbed the stairs into the coach, who was sitting at the dinette but Larry "The Axe" Henning!?! He'd wrestled under "Pretty Boy" in my teen years, and I'd not followed wrestling for years. Seems Axe was an acquaintance of my pal who was driving, so I settled into the setee for the 200 miles ride north with Axe providing a running commentary on everything he'd seen and done in his many years in the ring. As we approached Winnipeg, my pal said we had to detour to the airport there to pick up another guy, who'd been delayed out of Minneapolis. So the coach pulled to the curb outside the terminal building and a second hunter and I offered to go in and wait for Dick, who was due in a few minutes. The rest of the guys were quite into their cups by now, as cocktail hour was well underway. I went inside, found the proper gate, and while waiting for the plane I scanned the concourse and who did I spy leaning against the wall across the way but Andre the Giant himself. The guy was freaking huge! And ugly. But me being me, I sauntered over to Andre and leaned against the wall an arm's length from him. I quietly asked if he was, indeed, Andre the Giant, to which he replied, "Get the f*** outa here." I looked him in the eye (it was quite a strain as I craned my neck upward to meet his gaze) and said, "I know you're Andre. I'm with The Axe. You wanna go talk to him? Have a drink?" To which he again replied, "Get the f*** outa here." I finally turned full on to him and informed him that I had been riding with The Axe all day and he'd be quite disappointed if he learned I'd run into Andre and not invited him out to the coach for a bump. Finally Andre got sort of an inquisitive look on his face and he leaned down close to my face and said, "You're with Axe?" And with that, I turned and exited the terminal to where the coach was idling at the curb. When I opened the door to the coach and Andre saw that Axe was, indeed, inside, he leapt like a little boy. He raced up the stairs (which was quite a sight) and he and Axe belly-bumped and hugged, slapping one another on the backs. Andre explained that he and the "boys" were in town for a show that night, and that Axe should come to town and party afterwards. By now the flight had arrived, and Dick, who'd flown from Minneapolis, was standing among about a dozen other wrestlers who were on the card that night. Mad Dog was there, as was Greg Gagne (his father had retired by that time), Rick Martell and a bunch of other guys whose names I've forgotten. Axe, by now inside the terminal, hugged them all and assured them that he'd see them that night. We parted, and after driving out to the Marsh, stowing our gear, eating a hearty camp dinner and a few more cocktails, Axe asked me to find a set of wheels for the night. This was his first trip to the camp, so he wasn't familiar at all with the cooks or guides who were all locals. So I talked one of the guides out of his pickup truck for the night and Axe, another hunter and I drove into Winnipeg, where we met up with the "boys" at the (then) Winnipeg Inn, downtown. Axe immediately found out the room number of the party, and we headed up the elevator. Before the doors even opened we could hear the commotion. The party had grown from just the "boys" unwinding after their "fights" to include at least a half-dozen local working girls. When we entered the room it was immediately apparent why there was such a clamor: Andre had the window open, and had one of the women hanging outside, upside down, grasping her only by her ankle. "You'll suck it, bitch," was about all I could make out between the gal screaming and the wrestlers alternately telling Andre to pull the gal back inside and laughing hysterically. Cooler heads finally prevailed, and Andre brought the girl back inside. She was white as a ghost (understandibly) as we were on one of the top floors of the hotel), and she promptly locked herself into the bathroom. One of the other hookers went to the closed door and started talking to the gal inside. "Oh baby, it's okay," she said reassuringly. "It's not very long, but it's as big around as a coffee can." (Apparently this wasn't her first time meeting Andre!) The rest of the evening, believe it or not, devolved from that point into what was essentially a drunken orgy. All these wrestlers, a handful of hookers, and little ole' Rube (who is definitely not wrestler-size. I wouldn't have topped 150 pounds at that time), drinking seemingly bottomless bottles of booze, smoking Cubans and... A crazy night.
     
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  17. Bergdorf Goodwill

    Bergdorf Goodwill Senior member

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    kronik Senior member

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    Will you adopt me?

    Fucking seconded. Holy crap.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Bergdorf Goodwill

    Bergdorf Goodwill Senior member

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    Whoring with Mr. Perfect's dad!
     
  20. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    Pro Wrestling is one guilty pleasure of mine. Watching professional wrestling on TV was the only thing me and my dad did together when I was a kid. They were like cartoons for me then: Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man, Piper, Andre, Koko B Ware... in their costumes and all that. I never believed for a moment it was real even back then, but the entertainment factor then is watching "rivalries" and "conflicts" heat up then come to a head in a ring. Growing up, I got to read about how professional wrestling came about from the territories to WWF buying them out, to the WWF vs. WCW rivalry, ECW..... Anyway, as far as "quality" (and I use that term very loosely) goes, the present WWE really sucks. I do hope that TNA and ROH gets better viewership and ratings. The "wrestling" they churn out is far better than WWE's "sports entertainment" as what they call it nowadays. BTW, I also learned recently that Abraham Lincoln was a professional wrestler before he stepped into politics. Wonder if they have aliases back then too: "Abe the Destroyer"? "Abraham 'the tower of power' Lincoln"?.... [​IMG]
     

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