Re: ot: HULK HOGAN was back and running wild on WWE!
posted at 2/25/2014 11:00 AM EST
In response to Free-UB's comment:
just amazing.. my fave all-time wrestler was back and lookin as good as ever. he's the babe ruth if wrestling.. period! he did everything except rip his shirt like the old days. best news though is that undertaker confronted brock lesnar and will b trying to go 22-0 at wrestlemanina. was one of the best ever segments. reallly professional and deliberate. frankly daniel bryan should b fighting for the championship. john cena is slowly becoming the talib of wwe.. very bad timing and increasingly more frequent when it comes to injuries. Reigns is poised to b the next big thing and champion.
What's amazing is how the "sport" of Pro Wrestling has grown to what it is today. It's an athletic soap opera, that's grown into a billon dollar industry.
I can remember the days in the 60s-70s. Bruno Sammartino was the champ for over a decade, with a year or two run by Pedro Morales. In those days, in some ways, wrestling was better than it is today. Call me perverse, but I used to love seeing the preliminary guys get unmercifully beaten up by the stars, and carried off repeatedly in stretchers. For example, there were a couple of preliminaries named Paul Figueroa and Doctor Beech. These guys were medical marvels, as they survived weekly unmercifully, stretcher carrying off beatings each week...LOL!!!
Then there were the wrestling managers...led by Captain Lou Albano, Classy Freddie Blassie, and my favorite...The Grand Wizard. Albano would usually manage the top villian tag teams, such as the Valliant Brothers, and the Wild Somoans. Blassie had vicious foreign villains, such as the Iron Shiek and Nikolai Volkoff. The Wizard had Stan "The Man" Stasiak, Beautiful Bobby, and the unforgettable Superstar Billy Graham. Crazies like George "The Animal" Steele, Dick "The Bulldog" Brower, and "Crazy" Luke Graham prowled every arena. Fabulous times...LOL!!!
When you watched pro wrestling in those days, you never had to watch the news. You would know who the United Stated was feuding with, judging from the nationality of the wrestling villians. When we were in the Cold War with Russia, there was Nikolai Volkoff, Boris Zucoff, "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff, and, later, his alleged nephew, Nikita Koloff. Prior to that, pro wrestling flamed the post WWII fires by having alleged German wrestlers, such as Waldo Von Erich and Hans Schmidt. There were also Japanese villains, Baba "The Giant", Professor Toru Tanaka, and Mr. Fuji.
The 80s brought the Hulkster...and ushered in the "modern age" of pro wrestling. But, who can forget the rise of "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, and "The Four Horseman". There have since been a number of "groups" that have alligned themselves for whatever purpose. But "The Horseman" were the coolest. The foursome of Aarn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Flair, and Lex Luger (preceeded by Ole Anderson and, eventually replaced by Barry Windham) were fabulous, and hilarious "villains".
When "The Horsemen" faded with age, they were eclipsed by the next great group, Degeneration X. DX initially consisted of Shawn Michaels and Triple H...before undergoing transformation to the Road Dogg, X-Pac, Badass Billy Gunn, and Triple H...with China as their valet.
The NWO would then carry on the tradition of great groups. It was formed initilly by Kevin Nash and Scott Hall (a/k/a Razor Ramon), before "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan joined on, and seized control.
Enough!!! Sorry for babbling on! Though I realize that Vince McMahon has made his fortune on a stockpile of bodies of athletes that lived on a diet of high energy drinks, pain pills and steroids, I have to thank him for years of laughs and great entertainment. Sad that we now know what we know about the effects of those substances. The stories of guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Eddie Gilbert, Jake "The Snake" Roberts" Lex Lugar, and Kurt Hennig, a/k/a Mr. Perfect, are tragic. But no one really knew, or concentrated on the abuse of those substances until the turn of the century...much like pro football.