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#1 Posted on 12.7.03 0254.15
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Since idea was sprouted over in another thread (Click Here (wienerboard.com)), I got the idea to talk about something that all of us long-time wrestling fans did in our youth: used our "knowledge" of holds to our advantage on the schoolyard.

I was at a bit of an edge, since oddly enough for a bunch of kids in the late-eighties/early-nineties, very few people in my grade were wrestling fans. Ergo, when I challenged one of the third grade's best athletes (third-place in track & field, doncha know!) and beat him with a Boston Crab in five seconds, people were impressed. Ah, the highlight of my life, at the ripe old age of 9. I went from "that geek" to "that geek who can wrestle."

Of course, once wrestling started to catch on in the aftermath of WrestleMania VI in Toronto, my advantage came to an end, since now people were beginning to learn counters to moves. For example, the top counter to my patented Sharpshooter was punching me in the face before I got the legs grapevined.
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#2 Posted on 12.7.03 0323.41
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#3 Posted on 12.7.03 0326.42
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My friend and I traded sleepers and figure fours on occasion in gym. Some guys busted out vertical suplexes to show off.

As for using it to my advantage...no such luck. I did get Irish Whipped into some trash cans, though. Not exactly a fond memory.

Oh, and I hope this isn't considered child abuse, but my nephews are always asking me to give them Rock Bottoms.
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#4 Posted on 12.7.03 0422.40
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I was always giving my younger sister Fisherman Busters when I was younger. As a Hennig fan, I loved imitating his Perfectplex but my sister wasn't a fan and always fought me when I went for the move. I always wound up dropping her on her head instead. I also loved putting her in the Million Dollar Dream.

Now that I'm grown, I wrestle with my twelve year old cousin all the time. I've moved away from suplexes and now focus on submissions. My favorites are the Texas Cloverleaf (which is a real bitch to put on when he fights me), the Torture Rack, and after Thursday afternoon, when I discovered how easy it was to put him in it and how quickly he started screaming and tapping out, the inverted Indian Death lock.
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#5 Posted on 12.7.03 0539.06
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I couldn't accept that wrestling was fake up until like 95, I think I knew it, but I never admitted it. Because, I guess I couldn't comprehend watching a fake sport, yet I loved it so. Unable to distinguish fact from fiction, I incorporated Wrestling into actual school fights.

In sixth grade, shortly after Wrestlemania 9, there was this little dude. Like half my size, trying to get over at my expense, he wanted a fist fight, I wanted to a slobberknocker. He was so short, when he charged me his head went right between my arms. I slammed his head against a wooden desk ten times while I counted. About two minutes later he recovered, came at me again and started punching. I totally no sold it. Then flung him into the rows of desks. I went to an inner city school, and this was like when all them Jr Bloods and Crips were running around, so as a geekey white boy I decided to leave well enough alone after his boyz came and broke it up.

The next year, Yokozuna was the WWF world champion. And got over by squashing people and throwing salt in the eyes of his opposition. I wasn't heavy enough to squash, so I stole the salt jar from the school cafeteria and nailed him with some Mortons at lunch time. Some reason he never told, lucky, as I would have ended up in some Lionel Tateish situation.

8th grade this dude pulled my pants down in the middle of the hallway. I snapped, yes I said snapped, as in Bob Backlund snapped. This was late 94, right after Backlund turned heel. I captured the guy in the crossface chickenwing and literally rendered him unconscience. When I got up, I started to stare at my palms, and I got an appluse and tapped on my shoulders from the onlookers as I was escorted out, it was a great feeling better then sex, now I know why those guys do it in the sqaured circle. I got 10 days for that.

Yes middle school was hell, but I was young, stupid, and having the time of life. And you know what I wouldn't change a thing.
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#6 Posted on 12.7.03 0701.51
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I already posted the story of my full-nelson challenge in that other thread, so here's another:

It was the fall of 1988. Randy Savage was WWF champion, Bobby Heenan was in search of new opponents to challenge him, and a young Bret Hart taught us how to laugh....er, never mind.

Anyways, I was battling my brother in our 13,000th straight match and somehow I got the bright idea to piledrive him (thank you very much, Paul Orndorff!). So my uncle graciously holds my brother upside down, passes him over me, I grab onto my brother's feet, and just kind of jump down. That's right, my brother landed right on his head, while I kind of jackhammered him; not the Bill Goldberg move, but the way a construction worker might use a jackhammer to drill into the ground.

Thankfully, my brother was fine (he must have gone to Angle's neck surgeon). But knowing wrestling and just the human anatomy the way I do now, it could have been far worse....

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#7 Posted on 12.7.03 0956.36
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How are you going to use a wrestling move in a fight? I really don't see that happening. Even if it goes to the ground, how are you gonna get someone into a boston crap or sharpshooter? I mean, a rear naked choke would work, but that isn't really a professional wrestling exclusive move.
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#8 Posted on 12.7.03 1045.02
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The earliest memory I have of trying to use a professional wrestling move on someone was probably 2nd or 3rd grade. I got in a fight with a kid in my class, don't remember why, and I tried to piledrive him. He managed to plant both feet square in my face and that was the end of that.

I think anything beyond that, I was aware that wrestling was fake. My friends and I used to wrestle in the backyard all the time. Impact moves, we'd fake, but submissions would generally be done for real. One time, a kid had me in a Boston Crab and he got clotheslined and didn't let go when he fell over backward, rolling me over on my back and neck. I was fine (at the time, at least, I think I'm paying for it 15+ years later) but after a bit, he had the kid who'd clotheslined him held down and I proceeded to do a Spike Dudley top rope stomp, except I jumped off of 2 square haybales and landed with both feet squarely in the "abdominal region", as Gorilla Monsoon would have said.

Our Freshman or Sophomore year, our coach decided to do wrestling as a unit in PE. Our school didn't have a wrestling team, so this was our first exposure to amateur wrestling. My best friend and I were the only two people in our group of 15 or so boys who actually watched pro wrestling. Well, our coach was a bit of an asshole and the rules weren't particularly held to. In particular, I remember a kid who was blatantly choking people with his forearm and the coach wouldn't stop him. So, I proceeded to get out of his choke by lifting him up and doing a backbreaker over my knee.

My final match in our litte tournament was against a kid who probably outweighed me by 40lbs or more but wasn't at all athletic. I don't remember the particular circumstances but I remember him having me tied up some way that I couldn't get out of and being on my knees with im in front of me. I ended up DDTing him and accidentally floating over to where I hooked the leg and pinned him. My friend seems to remember me doing a vertical (from my knees) suplex at some point as well.

I used the salt once, as well, though that was more a case of self defense. A "friend" of mine didn't show up for a fight, so his opponent decided I was the next best target. Haven't just had reconstructive surgery on my nose a couple of months before, I wasn't in the mood to go through that again. So I through some salt in his eyes and ran away. Around this time, I was experimenting with ways to make Muta's dreaded mist, but it never came to fruition. So I just spit in ppl's faces a lot.
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#9 Posted on 12.7.03 1109.01
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    Originally posted by kgriffey79
    How are you going to use a wrestling move in a fight? I really don't see that happening. Even if it goes to the ground, how are you gonna get someone into a boston crap or sharpshooter? I mean, a rear naked choke would work, but that isn't really a professional wrestling exclusive move.


I used to have to bust out headlocks all the time, but back then there was one WWF wrestler (I want to say Greg "the Hammer" Valentine, but I'm pretty sure it was a babyface, so maybe it was Tito Santana or Pedro Morales) who had THE headlock and really cinched it in, so I copied him. It was pretty effective since I was smaller and it meant that the other kid wouldn't usually be able to land clean punches and I'd bear ALL my weight straight down to avoid the back-suplex-counter. I think it qualifies because I got it only from WWF TV.

Also, one time during a neighborhood football game me and another kid got into a semi-serious scrap about something and I ended up catching him by surprise and giving him an airplane spin. Of course, we bouth laughed so much about it that it pretty much killed the intensity of the argument right then and there.

Also, an amusing wrestling-related thing happened my sophomore year, when the football team noticed on the way to practice that the pole vault cushions were in the hallway before a track meet. One of the linemen thought it would be funny to powerslam me on the cushion, which it was, but he tried it on a taller kid who had longer legs, and broke on of the ceiling lights on the followthrough. See the football team scatter like cockroahes after that. No one ever got busted for that, but the pole vault cushions were always put away after that.

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#10 Posted on 12.7.03 1203.06
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    Also, one time during a neighborhood football game me and another kid got into a semi-serious scrap about something and I ended up catching him by surprise and giving him an airplane spin. Of course, we bouth laughed so much about it that it pretty much killed the intensity of the argument right then and there.


A dragon sleeper is a remarkably good to way to break up a fight. During (as coincidence would have it) a neighbourhood football game, a scrap broke out between two guys, and I stepped in to hook one guy in the DS to, in the poetic tones of Offspring, keep 'em separated.
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#11 Posted on 12.7.03 1258.34
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The family next door had 5 kids...so they always had old mattresses lying around. We used to throw them down on the lawn between our houses and wrestle.

We were the biggest British Bulldogs fans (we're talking mid-80s here) and the stalling vertical suplex was a big hit with us (as was the small package, for some bizarre reason.) I was the master of the figure four, and could slap it on any neighborhood kid in a second.

Our wrestling kinda came to an end the day I jumped off the patio with a high cross body on my next door neighbor Todd...catching him high with my right arm and mashing his bottom lip into his braces. We had to take him to the hospital to get it removed. Not a good day...
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#12 Posted on 12.7.03 1310.02
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I remember, back when I was about twelve or so, me, my brother Davros and our friends were playing football in our front yard. One of our friends, DD, was always a whiner. He also liked to talk much smack. Another one of our friends, Isaac, had enough of it and apparently began to walk off. At about twenty feet away, Isaac turned, and began to run full speed at DD, and speared the SHIT out of him! I mean, DD got hit so hard it looked like my vision skipped. Did DD cry? Yeah. Not until after he caught his breath, though.

Then there was one time a few years before this incident where Davros and I had the bright idea to double clothesline our friend, Raymond. No, not the double clothesline wher to people join arms and attack the opponent that way. I'm talking about one clotheslining the opponent from the front, the other from the back. And, incidentally, Davros and I were trying to do our best Nikita Koloff impersonations too. So what was the result of this?

Raymond was destroyed.

Then Davros turned and pulled a Horsemen on me, clotheslining me and sending me crumbling down next to Ray.

Good times, lads. Good times. (image removed)
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#13 Posted on 12.7.03 1445.40
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Now I'm reminded of the time that I convinced a kid to let me try that move where Brian Knobbs (or was it Jerry Saggs?) would pull the jobbers arm between his legs and yank, flipping him over onto his back.

I honestly didn't believe that was going to work, I just expected it to crotch the kid. Instead, he did the full flip and landed flat on his back. Other than being stunned for a couple of seconds, he was fine. I'm not sure who was more surprised by it, though, himself or me.
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#14 Posted on 12.7.03 1446.50
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Yeah, we used to play wrestling way back in the first grade. We'd all play-act everything, and everyone was some different wrestler. And, I must've had some inner smark in me back then, because you'll never guess who I used to be. Not Hulk Hogan, or Ric Flair, or Andre the Giant, or JYD, or even Ricky Steamboat.

Nope, I was Tom Zenk. (And there were only, like, five of us playing, so it's not like he was my only option.) I don't understand it, but me and my friend Josh were unusually enamored by the Can-Am Connection.

I was always an odd kid.
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#15 Posted on 12.7.03 1517.37
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In my Junior year of High School ('99/'00) we enjoyed handing out Stunners to each other in the hallway right outside our classroom. Sometimes we would try to surprise each other. You never knew when it was gonna happen, you just had to keep an eye out. Anyway, I planned to reverse one of these stunners and one day I got my chance. After the kick and the wham, I went down but quickly reached around and locked on a Dragon Sleeper. MUHO. That was pretty fun. No one every tried it before, i've no idea why.

Then in my senior year, we use to mess around again with wrestling stuff just grabbing people out of nowhere in position for a Rock Bottom but never actually really giving the move or at least the guy would jump up and they'd just kinda fall down. Well this one day, I grabbed this one friend of mine and I said "jump!" and he jumped. I guess either I didn't know my own strength or he jumped hard since I managed to lift him up and I slammed him down right on one of our desks (it was the desks with the arm rest on one side). I was able to get my arm under quickly and support his back abit. But still, some of the paint on this desk actually scraped off on his shirt. lol. I should mention this classroom had older desks that were wooden. The desk didn't break thankfully, but I thought I broke my friend. The dude was pretty skinny. He was holding his side pretty much the rest of the day. But it was all good.
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#16 Posted on 12.7.03 1622.20
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Back in middle school, the chickenwing actually became sort of a fad. Everyone roamed around trying to do it....it's actually so damned easy to pull off, it was good fun

I also remember attempting to superkick my cousin in home ec, him ducking and me booting a hanging frying pan clear across the kitchen

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#17 Posted on 12.7.03 1637.35
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I think play fighting and practicing wrestling moves as a kid was how I found out it was fake. I mean one Spinning Toe Hold attempt and you know something is up.

I'd have to say I brought the Million Dollar Dream into the "play fighting" game in grade school. I never wanted to punch anyone cause then we'd get in trouble so you just slap on the Million Dollar Dream when the other kid isn't looking. It was probably more of the shoot version of a Tazmission, the way I did it, though.

I also remember pretending to be Ric Flair and chopping people but my parents put a stop to the chops.

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#18 Posted on 12.7.03 1641.02
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    Originally posted by fuelinjected
    >I also remember pretending to be Ric Flair and chopping people but my parents put a stop to the chops.




I just remembered that during my senior year in high school I used to run up behind other guys and give 'em a leaping knee to the back, then when they'd turn around I'd follow it up with a "thunderous Ric Flair-like chop." It was usually pretty good for a laugh until I did the chop to a guy with a bad sunburn.
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#19 Posted on 12.7.03 2132.08
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I went into the Military Police right out of High school. Six months after getting out of High school, I was busting up bar fights in Tong du Shon, Korea. So, I have related that I grew up on Dick the Bruiser, Crusher, Yukon Moose Cholak and Baron Von Rascke before. One guy people don't talk much about is a very good technical wretler from that era named Wilbur Snyder. Snyder often used an abdominal strech as a finisher, so I tried it as I broke up fights and got people seperated. It worked great! Guys couldn't get out easily and, since they were usually drunk, they tired out real fast. Thanks to the Late Wilbur Snyder.
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#20 Posted on 12.7.03 2240.42
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    I went into the Military Police right out of High school. Six months after getting out of High school, I was busting up bar fights in Tong du Shon, Korea. So, I have related that I grew up on Dick the Bruiser, Crusher, Yukon Moose Cholak and Baron Von Rascke before. One guy people don't talk much about is a very good technical wretler from that era named Wilbur Snyder. Snyder often used an abdominal strech as a finisher, so I tried it as I broke up fights and got people seperated. It worked great! Guys couldn't get out easily and, since they were usually drunk, they tired out real fast. Thanks to the Late Wilbur Snyder.


Wow -- that would have been a sight to see..... not saying that it didn't work for you or anything, it would just be akin to someone busting out a figure-four leglock in the middle of a bar room brawl. Anyways, it gave me an interesting visual....
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