When my son was first learning how to talk I decided that he needed to listen to Macho Man. So every night when I would be up with him late I would get online and play Macho's interviews with "Mean" Gene Okerlund.
For the first couple of weeks nothing really seemed to be coming of it other than me having a great time watching one of my all time favorite wrestlers in his prime. So I upped the ante and started watching Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Still nothing - or so I thought until my nieces were up during our vacation and he started raining down elbows from the top bunk of their bunk beds and screaming about changing questions!
BEST. DAD. EVER.
One of my favorite promos...ReplyDelete
That and the 360 degree promo , but I can't find an unedited version of that bad by..
That's because McMahonononononononnononononon hates us!Delete
He totally hate us.Delete
I watched wrestling for years with my father when I was a kid, mostly old wwf and mostly wccw out of Dallas Texas.
Macho was such a stand out.
True facts, sir.Delete
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I used to be into wrestling as a youth and figured I moved on from that many a year back and then I got the chance to meet Ox Baker at a comicbook convention (I did some wrestling zine publishing work many a year back) It all came rushing back and we spent a good long while talking about the bigtime wrestlers and the regional guys. Yeah it's theater but it's theater with three hundred pound men throwing each other through the air and onto the ground for some cheers and howls of joy . The new guys stilll don't really do it for me but the old timers are still fun to watch. There's worse people to emulate than men who put it all on the line for their time in the spotlight.ReplyDelete
Honestly the old timers were just so much more enjoyable. There's something fantastic to having actual bad guys and good guys in the ring instead of a landscape filled with people trying to out muddle each other.
I was into local wrestling in my youth. One old time wrestler that has an interesting story is Sputnik Monroe. His Wikipedia entry is well worth the read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik_Monroe_%28wrestler%29ReplyDelete
I've never heard of him! Thanks for letting me know about him!Delete
His fame was largely here in Memphis. He is actually before my time but I learned about him through a documentary about local wrestling. Local wrestling isn't really popular any more but the city has a growing Hispanic community and I think a combination of old school good guy/heel style wrestling and the Lucha Libre style would be fun. I've watched a couple of episodes of Lucha Underground on El Rey and I dig the drama in a way that I get a kick out of Mexican soap operas even though my Spanish is so bad that I can't really keep up with the dialogue (I mostly read body language to figure out what is going on.).Delete
Spanish soaps are the best!Delete
That said have you checked out the New Japan Pro Wrestling thing on AXStv? The announcers are incredibly bad but the action is pretty wild.
I hadn't heard of it. I might have to check it out. I get a lot of inspiration from movies & TV shows ... usually the worse they are, the better they are for gaming material.Delete
Then this will be right up your alley!Delete