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Michael Hogan
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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 1:19pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

My favorite wrestling memory:

Around 30 years ago, two friends and I went to a live WWF event in
Maryland. One match of the night was to be Hulk Hogan vs. Paul "Mr.
Wonderful" Orndorff. Due to bad traffic, we were late arriving. When
we entered the arena, it was the middle of the Hogan march; he was on
his knees before Orndorff, and the packed house was cheering him
back from the brink.

I have to admit it was a bit of a rush for me to enter the Capital Centre
and hear 19,000 people cheering "Hogan! Hogan!..."
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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 3:37pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

My childhood wrestling memories go back to the early 70's and the regional WWF. My brother and I watched every Saturday afternoon. We loved Ivan Putski, Chief Jay Strongbow, Andre the Giant. I remember when Superstar Billy Graham showed up and was the first true "body builder" wrestler (that I ever saw). I still remember when Billy White Wolf "betrayed" Chief Jay Strongbow in a tag team match.

My brother and I were recently talking about those WWF days. In that conversation he mentioned that he figured out that when Ivan Putski (kind of a round wrestler) "left" the WWF for a while and came back muscular/cut that was probably the beginning of steroids in the WWF? I don't know if that's true, but it made sense.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 4:11pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Jonathan, we didn't get to see him much but Chief Jay Strongbow was a treat whenever he came thru. A crowd favorite with that war dance in the middle of the ring.
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John Popa
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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 7:25pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Strongbow did a pretty good war dance for an old Italian guy :) 
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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 07 July 2018 at 9:16pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I grew up in Calgary so I went to Stampede Wrestling a few times as a kid.  It was on TV a lot too.  I thought every town had their own version of it... It was only as an adult, years later, that I truly appreciated how amazing it was to have Stampede Wrestling down the street!

There was a tag team called the Oriental Express that were awesome, and also Bret Hart.  I think when WWF was massive in the 1980s, watching the British Bulldogs fight the Hart Foundation was the best!!
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Ricky Steamboat was my favorite wrestler when I was a kid so Wrestlemania III was a must-see for me when I was in 8th grade. Throw in the Roddy Piper Retirement match and I was happy. I've always assumed that since we would visit my cousins in Hampton, Virginia (I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia) in the summer that I must have watched some Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling on TV since I was more drawn to Steamboat, Piper, and the US Express in the WWF. I was a fan but still not hardcore until the Steamboat/Flair feud a few years later locked me in pretty much for good. 
I appreciated WCW/NWA as a sport while WWF was entertainment. While a lot of my fans were locked in around 84-85, I was just a casual fan. I wasn't a Hulkamaniac even though I cheered for the babyfaces. Of course, as much as people would say wrestling was "fake", I would always say that I was pretty sure Flair and the Horseman were more or less on the level. I especially was "almost" positive that he and Steamboat hated one another! I continue to love wrestling but I wish kayfabe still existed.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 11:54am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Hang on, wrestling is fake?!!!
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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 6:44pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

That reminds me of a funny story: my dad was a lawyer for many years.  So I'm around 8 years old watching WWF.  Paul Orndorff betrays Hulk Hogan, the trio of Orndorff, King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd are kicking the crap out of my beloved Hulkster.  I am literally crying, tears streaming down my face.  My dad had enough.  "You MUST know this is fake!" He exclaims. "If this was real, Hulk Hogan would talk to his legal team and sue The villains for assault, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon...".  I was like "oh yeah."  Teachable moment for 8 year old gullable me!!
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here's how my dad proved it to me:
Watching a wrestler having his head pounded into the 'iron' post, I said "that can't be fake." Dad proceeded to slap me in the forehead with a bare hand, knocking me down. "Now how hard do you think an iron post is?"
there ended the lesson.
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Shawn Kane
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A friend's wife was teasing me about wrestling the other night (I had a Kenny Omega shirt on) and said "Shawn, you know that it's fake, right?" I told her that I was involved in a match in 2000 (a fund raiser with a local wrestling promotion that was supposed to be an annual event until our school board decided that it promoted violence). I was chopped, took a leg drop, was body slammed and clotheslined. While those moves were scripted, my body the next day could tell you that they weren't fake!

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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 5:10pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

And here was me thinking the Undertaker really took power from that urn many moons ago...
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Shawn Kane
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Posted: 11 July 2018 at 6:04am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Probably the reason I preferred NWA/WCW, I could never get into the Undertaker. Also, it didn't help that just a few months prior he was Mean Mark Callas. At that age (16/17) I was getting tired of how the WWF acted like their characters never existed elsewhere. I remember being a bit annoyed when Vince referred to the Widowmaker as "a relative newcomer to the WWF". Even Steamboat, who almost was exclusively called The Dragon, had his previous period kind of glossed over. That bubble that existed in the WWF was cool as long as you didn't watch anything else. It's a bit different now at least.

Bear in mind, I respect the Undertaker's career but I just was never a fan of the character.


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