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Old 10-24-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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Mid 70's

Chief J Strongbow, Polish power, Andre the Giant vs the midgets, George the animal Steel eating the turnbuckle. And a couple of guys who had no fancy nick names who lost every match. It was a circus
Are you thinking of Johnny Rodz and Jose Garcia? Frankie Williams??
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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To name a few of my early favorites
Paul Orndorf
Buddy Colt
Jimmy Snuka
Buddy Rogers
Eddie Graham
Greg Valentine
Dean Melenko
Harley Race
Mad dog Vachon
Yukon Erik
Killer Kowalski
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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The Von Erechs (sp?). Loved them. Who did they fight regularly? The fabulous somethings? Also, the Missing Link, Andre the Giant, Superfly Snuka, and the Road Warriors (hawk and animal), oh, and George the Animal Steele.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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The very first RAW I remember seeing was where McMahon fired dude love for failing to beat Stone Cold the night before at the ppv. I was hooked instantly. It was extra cool for me as someone who grew up a good portion of my life in Victoria that Stone Cold was from the area. Nobody ever talked about it otherwise lol.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:47 AM
 
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Wrestlemania 3. My step mom won tickets for me and me dad and sisters to go watch it on a theater sized screen at the Spokane Coliseum.

There were always the Sunday morning shows from NWA, AWA and WWF. Watching the Road Warriors come out to the sounds of Iron Man and squashing their opponents in mere seconds was awesome to my nine year old self.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Sargeant Slaughter and Nicoli Volkov from the early 80's...
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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I am from the era of Lou Thesz, Vern Gagne, Killer Kowalski, Gene Stanlee.....matches were much longer, and there was an attempt to make them look like it was a contest and not a show.
I grew up watching the Funks promotion in Texas. We also saw Fritz von Erics promotion out of Dallas on cable. Terry and Dory Funk were two guys who put everything into every match and were determined to give the fans their money's worth. We had a lot of talent in that promotion, many who were training and got started. I remember seeing a very young Manny Fernandez (Raging Bull) olive early in his career. Also on the card was Merced Solis ( Tito Santana). When I was really young, we had not only the FUnks, but Don and Johnny Fargo. Johnny Fargo was Greg Valentine. Because Dory SR was so influential and well respected in the business, we always had visits from Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes even Andre a few times. Dick Murdock was getting his start then, we even had Lord Hayes for a while.

Yes, there was a lot of talking, and they went to no ends to keep up the kay fabe. But matches then still tended to be longer and look more like a contest. And they were much better than what the promotions are offering now.
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was my introduction to professional wrestling. My parents abhorred wrestling so it was never on the television unless I forced the issue.
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Old 10-26-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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WWF saturday night main event in the late 80s on NBC. I grew up on a farm far from any town so there was no cable tv only a handful of local tv stations.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: NSW
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Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was my introduction to professional wrestling. My parents abhorred wrestling so it was never on the television unless I forced the issue.
Yes this immediately followed the first Wrestlemania.
The good old days of genuine jobbers like Barry O, Leaping Lanny Poffo, Mr X (who I did not know was corrupt referee Danny Davis), Sal G, Mario Mancini, SD Jones and squash matches against the likes of King Kong Bundy, Terry Funk -yelling "get up you pig" etc.
Who could ever forget Terry Funks intro match in the WWF:



Terry Funk's WWF Debut - YouTube

Vince McMahon was also a very animated commentator.
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