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The 7 - One Question... - Who was your favorite wrestler growing up?
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#21 Posted on 19.8.05 2225.33
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As a kid, I liked the British Bulldogs & Ricky Steamboat.

We also used to get the odd clip down here in the pre WM days, and I was always entertained by 'afro' Andre and Jesse the Body

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#22 Posted on 19.8.05 2229.47
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Sting...don't know why...but he kicked ass...I didn't really get into WWF until Raw began, but used to watch NWA/WCW every Saturday, and Main Event on Sundays. I still remember the opening graphic...with the ring ropes.
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#23 Posted on 19.8.05 2234.17
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Paul Orndorff and the Bulldogs.

When Orndorff turned on Hogan I sat in shock for hours, not knowing what to do or think. It was the first heel turn I had ever seen. Eventually, I reasoned that he was justified because of his growing frustration with Hogan.
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#24 Posted on 19.8.05 2311.51
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My very, very first favorites were Tony Garea and Rick Martel, and Tony Atlas. Once I discovered WCCW, like others have mentioned, it was all about the Von Erichs. I told anyone who would listen I was POSITIVE Kerry von Erich would easily beat Hulk Hogan.
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#25 Posted on 20.8.05 0000.57
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I live in Central Texas now...and from what I understand....WCCW shows used to come here every month...

I was about a decade or 2 late...damn the luck.
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#26 Posted on 20.8.05 0108.06
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I was a huge Hulkamaniac, as well as being a big fan of Bret Hart, Sting and Mr. Perfect. As time wore on, I began to appreciate Flair and Mick Foley a lot more.
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#27 Posted on 20.8.05 0757.36
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Like VanillaSky, I've also been watching wrestling since '85 (20 years this summer, in fact). My first favorite was King Kong Bundy, of all people, followed by Rowdy Roddy Piper.
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#28 Posted on 20.8.05 1038.33
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For some reasons, I always loved the wrestlers that never really caught on.

Three of my favorites included Damien Demento, Waylon Mercy, and Alex Porteau.

I will also admit that I really liked the "Fake" Razor and Diesel...only because I know Rick Bogner personally.

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#29 Posted on 20.8.05 2008.23
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While I was an occasional watcher of the NWA and knew of them in a cursory manner, I stumbled across Clash of the Champions I in 1987. Needless to say, I spent my youth as a total Sting fan, and I will never apologize for it.

Okay, I kind of apologize for nWo Wolfpac Sting, but that's it.

I had the blonde flat-top (an homage to Ivan Drago, but worked for the Sting look by happy coincidence), and you can see my face-painted Sting visage in the crowd of the 1991 WarGames in that NWA hotbed of Phoenix (the one where Sid twice nearly powerbombed little Brian Pillman to his doom).
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#30 Posted on 20.8.05 2014.37
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Bret Hart, the Undertaker, the Legion of Doom and the Ultimate Warrior. Anytime these guys were on the screen, my attention was held.
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#31 Posted on 20.8.05 2335.04
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I only started watching in 1997, and the first guys I really started paying attention to were Diamond Dallas Page, Chris Benoit, Ultimo Dragon and Glacier. (Yeah, I know, play the "can you guess which one is not like the other?" song.)
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#32 Posted on 21.8.05 0634.39
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<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Must you ask?

Bruiser and Crusher were my favorites - I was always into Tag Team (or, as they called it then, Australian Tag Team)

I also liked Ox Baker, Yukon Moose Cholak and yes, the man himself, Verne Gagne. Looking back, he sure didn't look like much of a wrestler, did he?

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#33 Posted on 21.8.05 0944.42
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I grew up in the West TN area, so of course I was a fan of Jerry Lawler. I think it was required by law.
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#34 Posted on 21.8.05 1937.22
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Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Mr. Perfect, Ultimate Warrior (I remember being crushed when the rumor that he died started running around my school).

Big Bossman was a BIG favorite of mine, probably because he reminded me of my Dad (A big bellied country jailer, coincidentally enough). I still love that classic theme music...
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#35 Posted on 22.8.05 0055.50
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When I started watching, my favorites were the Rockers, Bret and Owen, Davey Boy Smith, and because he was so good at making me hate him, Ted DiBiase.

Now, granted, I started watching in 90, when the formula was already played out, but I truly never cared for Hulk Hogan.
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#36 Posted on 22.8.05 2150.51
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I cut my wrestling teeth in Memphis, so there is only one answer: Jerry Lawler. I still have the polaroid taken of me and him at an appearance at some hardware store. I'm standing there in my Lawler t-shirt making a pathetic fist, and he put the crown on my head. We looked like a really stupid WWE tag team.

I had that picture on my wall for years. I was probably 11.

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#37 Posted on 23.8.05 0908.50
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Arn Anderson.

Tougher than Flair. Smarter than Dusty. Meaner than Magnum. More experienced than Windham. Moere manly than Tully. Younger than Ole and Gene.

The spinebuster. The backdrop suplex onto the arm. The tag-teaming. The facial expressions. The slow thumbdrag across the throat. The gourdbuster. And DDTing the bejesus out of stupid, stupid Dustin.

The man who named the Four Horseman. The Enforcer.

Arn @$!%*&# Anderson.
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#38 Posted on 23.8.05 1810.49
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I started watching wrestling sometime around Wrestlemania VIII. Which means I didn't really have a lot of affection for Hulk Hogan. I only had access to WWF in those days, so my favourites would probably be Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Savage. But in '93, I marked out like a little bitch when Mr. Perfect turned face.
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#39 Posted on 23.8.05 1829.34
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Mr Perfect, primarily because I'd seen some of the bloodbaths with Bockwinkle from the AWA prior to his WWF run which then cemented him as one of my top guys. I always dreamed that if I became a wrestler, this was the guy I wanted to team with.

Road Warriors because NOBODY looked like that and just destroyed everybody.

Jake Roberts because he seemed so complex of a character.

Rick Rude caught my attention during his time with Manny Hernandez and was such a talent.

But the #1 guy (and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one here) is Arn Anderson. I don't care who you see trying a spinebuster now, but unless you've seen the master, you haven't seen the move. Even when some of his selling looked so goofy, he just had an aura, both in look and in the promos, that made him stand out as a real tough guy. And in that dream where I would tag with Mr Perfect, the guy I would have wanted to train me was AA.

Yes, I marked for Hogan, Warrior and alot of other guys that we were programmed to like, but I'd never classify them as "favorites".

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#40 Posted on 23.8.05 2338.55
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Let's see... The Hart Foundation, Owen Hart, Chris Benoit, Ted DiBiase & The Undertaker. I was a HUGE fan of good wrestling and/or cool characters. Hell, still am.
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