Woooooo! (Yes, it’s about wrestling. Bear with me)

Hi again everyone. I’m going to break my usual cycle of ramblings/music/football-based tedium by talking about something else. Mainly just as an excuse to make a post, and to do some doodles. Bear with me though- there’s some opinions in here, and you never know, you might enjoy it. Here we go…

I didn’t really get wrestling for many, many years. For some reason, it didn’t appeal to me- a football/cricket/occasional motorsports fan. But very recently, under the heavy influence of my friends, I’ve learned to like it. I guess it’s because of the simple fact that, yes I know it’s scripted etc etc yawn etc, but if you try and ignore that, then the spectacle becomes a celebration of brash nonsense. So needless to say, my free time has been used to watch quite a lot of old matches on Youtube, particularly from WWE, pre-Attitude era (I think is about 1997, when it became all ‘edgy’ and ‘super-serious’), when it was even dafter, to say the very least. Sometimes I nip across to the cult British equivalent- 1970s and 1980s World Of Sport, which I’ll get back to. I’ve even got a favourite wrestler now- Mick Foley, AKA Dude Love AKA Cactus Jack AKA Mankind. The fact he also does stand-up comedy bolsters it further for me. Honourable mentions for favourites also go to The Undertaker (of course), Big Show, Randy Orton and if we’re going old-school, Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and Kendo Nagasaki.

Anyway, I think I’ve manage to learn a few things from my crash-course in wrestling…

It doesn’t matter who they seem to be, or what they’ve won, but every professional in the WWE appears to be scared of one sound…

Yes- that’s supposed to be CM Punk. I don’t know if he’s ever fought The Undertaker- I’m assuming he hasn’t. If he has, please let me know. I tried researching and it came blank. Sorry.

While there’s another which I would imagine would cause nothing but chaotic hilarity…

Second- Hulk Hogan. It seems pretty much illegal to like him now, but I, like pretty much anyone, would like a Hulkamania! T-shirt. Admit it, you would. In fact, pretty much anything with the Hulkamania! Logo and a picture of Hogan gurning unnecessarily on a product is enough for your inner 8-year-old (assuming he or she lives in 1987) to go mental over it. No matter how rubbish it is.

In fact, it’s not just Hogan…

…I don’t know what a Slim Jim is exactly, but I want to find out…

Although the matches are a lot better to watch in the Attitude era- the Cell matches, ladders, the Boiler Room Brawl starring Mama Foley’s Baby Boy, it seems and improvement, in one sense, but somehow less fun. Maybe because it became a little more realistic- the wrestlers were just people, not nutcases in fancy-dan costumes who occasionally managed near-superheroic feats (they still existed- Kane, Mankind, Rey Mysterio et al, but the big names were the likes of Chris Jericho, Triple H, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin- just…people.). I don’t know why, but I prefer the late-80s/early-90s stuff. No, wait- I know why I prefer it. It’s stupidly entertaining. Simple. The pinnacle for this? For moi, it’s the 1992 Royal Rumble, the year Ric Flair wins it. There are so many iconic figures in the ring at the same time at one point it becomes amazing.

The big event of the year, Wrestlemania, is coming up soon. I’m quite looking forward to it. Like any other sane human being, I’m not watching it in the comfort of my home on Pay-Per-View, oh no, I’m going to a pub, in costume, to watch it with like-minded nutjobs weirdos individuals. I just need to sort a Mankind mask out, and not wash my socks…

I mentioned World Of Sport at the start of this, but I came to the conclusion that it’s deserving of a full blog post at some point. This is yet another subject that I’ll come back to from time to time- mainly because there’s quite a lot to talk about/draw. It’s fun.

(Dial Tone)

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One thought on “Woooooo! (Yes, it’s about wrestling. Bear with me)

  1. I’d have to say that my favourite wrestlers were all in one group, one amazing trio, who collectively went under the name Too Cool. They are Grand Master Sexay, Scotty Too/2 Hotty and Rikishi. I’ve also just found out that Grand Master Sexay, otherwise known as Brian Lawler is the son of semi-retired wrestler and wrestling commentator Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.

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