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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.19
Sometime when I was a kid, my Dad had taken me to see a Bob Luce show at the Hammond Civic Center, and Bruiser, Crusher, Bobby Heenan(!) and Ox Baker(!!??!!) got into a car after the show together, laughing and smoking cigars. Must have been about 1970 or 71.

I asked my Dad how they could do that, because Ox was a bad guy (he was tagging with Baron Von Rashke the time) and Heenan was the Blackjack's manger and they and Bruiser/Crusher were on a 5 year feud. Dad told me that wrestling was more acting than wrestling and claimed to have seen Georgeous George Rocco together back in the 50's when hhe was much younger and that's when HE figured it out.

That didn't stop us from attending matches togther. But that's about the time I found out that Crusher's real name was Reggie and got a big laugh out of it.



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
I'm embarassed to admit this.

Survivor Series '97 - The Montreal Screw Job.

I was 16.

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.74
I'm not exactly sure. My mom got me watching wrestling in 1985, when I was 5 years old. Sure pretty much told me from the begining it was planned. I don't think there was ever a time I thought it was real.



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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.98
I didn't start watching until August 1998 when I was 17/almost 18 (Leno at Road Wild caught my interest, and my cabler didn't know how to scramble PPVs, so I got it free - that match, of course, sucked, but Jericho brought me back for more.) I always knew it was fake - I grew up with that notion, so I've always had that mindset while watching. That made it easier to transition from the mark phase (I liked Nash in my first couple months of watching) to the workrate Nazi stage (Horsemen for the win by the end of '98.)



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.18
I got into it pretty heavy in the 4th grade. I remember my friends would just watch WWF, and were aware of NWA but they considered it inferior. I would tape EVERYTHING at that age, from AWA on ESPN, WCCW, and GLOW, along with Lucha Libre. I was a little too obseesed only being 10-11 years old, and would study trivia and world title histories. I think I always knew it was a work, but once in school we used to get a kids newsletter that our teacher would pass out called "Scholastic News" (anyone else remember that) and it was put out by the producers of the PBS show Reading Rainbow I think. Anyways, in one of the articles circa 1988-1989 it had a blurb about WWF having to awknowledge to the state athletic commission that wrestling was scripted for insurance reasons and what not. So that just pretty much cemented the fact it was scripted. Before that, I probably also fell into the line of thought that only the world title matches were real, but the rest was fake. I remember Jake Roberts had a funny way of punching, and stomping his foot a little too hard to coincide with said punches to add that extra pounding sound effect. My friends were never die-hards to the point were they taped everything and read all the Apter mags, and they probably still thought it was somewhat real up until the 8th grade. But that said, there was very realistic angles that made you second guess. I think the Hogan/Savage Mega Powers angle was very realistic to me, and when Rick Martel turned on Tito Santana at WM5 it was also very realistic. I picked up on workrate right away too when I saw Steamboat vs. Flair on the Clash in 89. Its funny though coming across grown adults nowadays who say that wrestling used to be real in the old days.
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
When I was in third or fourth grade, a kid from my class went to a WWF house show. All the boys in class were envious, of course. The next day at recess he gave his report, which included something about him overhearing one wrestler supposedly calling a spot to his opponent. From the day forth I paid closer attention to wrestling on TV, and the magic of wrestling innocence began to dwindle.



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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.27
    Originally posted by meaty_buys
    I got into it pretty heavy in the 4th grade. I remember my friends would just watch WWF, and were aware of NWA but they considered it inferior. I would tape EVERYTHING at that age, from AWA on ESPN, WCCW, and GLOW, along with Lucha Libre. I was a little too obseesed only being 10-11 years old, and would study trivia and world title histories. I think I always knew it was a work, but once in school we used to get a kids newsletter that our teacher would pass out called "Scholastic News" (anyone else remember that) and it was put out by the producers of the PBS show Reading Rainbow I think. Anyways, in one of the articles circa 1988-1989 it had a blurb about WWF having to awknowledge to the state athletic commission that wrestling was scripted for insurance reasons and what not. So that just pretty much cemented the fact it was scripted. Before that, I probably also fell into the line of thought that only the world title matches were real, but the rest was fake. I remember Jake Roberts had a funny way of punching, and stomping his foot a little too hard to coincide with said punches to add that extra pounding sound effect. My friends were never die-hards to the point were they taped everything and read all the Apter mags, and they probably still thought it was somewhat real up until the 8th grade. But that said, there was very realistic angles that made you second guess. I think the Hogan/Savage Mega Powers angle was very realistic to me, and when Rick Martel turned on Tito Santana at WM5 it was also very realistic. I picked up on workrate right away too when I saw Steamboat vs. Flair on the Clash in 89. Its funny though coming across grown adults nowadays who say that wrestling used to be real in the old days.


Funny you should mention Martel/Santana. That was shortly after my "metamorphesis," and I remember predicting that split based on the interviews with Martel during the Saturday morning shows while Santana was wrestling. My brother was still in the "it's real" camp, so I think my prediction got him to realize it. After all, it's reasonable for one to predict winners or losers, but when you can predict a heel turn, it's gotta be fake. lol.
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.55
IT'S A WORK?!?!?!




Okay, okay -- I started watching wrestling in 1985 (shortly after WrestleMania), and maybe two or three months later, my father informed me it was "all fake". So I didn't even have enough time to figure it out on my own...




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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.83
Early high-school, about age 12-13. I realized that if someone that heavily muscled got his opponent in the corner and really hit him ten times in the face, he would be going to the hospital, not falling down and getting back up ten seconds later.



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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
My first wrestling experience I remember was an AWA handicap match. I asked my Dad about if wrestling was the toughest sport in the world (hey I was 8) and he told me it was fake.
However what removed any doubt was the Hogan/Orndorf cage match. Paula waited like 3 seconds for the Hulkster to hit the floor at the same time so they could tie and have to restart.
Also like StampedeFan said if you have ever been in a fight you will know that wrestling is fake. I got punched 5 times or so in a fight and it frickin HURT.



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.16
Like Pizza Delivery Jones, I don't quite remember a precise "a-ha" moment. I do, however, remember being asked by my siblings after Hogan was attacked by Earthquake sometime in 1990 "You know it's fake, right?". And I did. I answered that I did, and I recall feeling that I was being honest about it. So it must have occurred to me at some point before then, but I don't know that it all came down in one big moment.

Reading this thread, I wish it had, though.

Oh and that guy on the link was clearly a plant. It was amusing, but come on. Don't tell me you believed that was real.



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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.97
Everyone told me it was fake, but I didn't believe them, or at least came up with some damned creative ways to defend wrestling.

I think what broke it for me was right before Royal Rumbel 93, I was listening to local sports talk station WKNR and they had some syndicated wrestling talk show. They started going over the Rumble which was the next night, they predicted Luger as being the Narcissist, Undertaker getting attacked by Giant Gonzales, Yoko winning. Thought they were a bunch of crackheads, but sure enough, it all happened. Broke my heart!

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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.49
I quickly realized that it wasn't real when I saw those guys taking a dozen of punches to the head and, you know, NOT DYING.

This thread is fun, though. It made me realize that I started watching wrestling in *1988* (the first show I ever saw was WMIV and I got hooked). It makes me feel OLD (and I'm only 24!).



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Since: 12.1.02
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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
My story's kind of the same basic one as PeterStork's. I knew it was fake before I even started watching it. I began watching pro wrestling in February of 1997, when I caught a Monday Nitro in which DDP had just won a match. He called out one of The Outsiders (I can't remember which one) and both of them came out-- and then Randy Savage entered the ring from behind Page and clocked him with a can of spray paint. After they beat on DDP for a little while, Hollywood Hogan came out, and because I hadn't watched wrestling before (but knew who Hulk Hogan was, of course) I was all "GO GET 'EM, HULKSTER!~" Only to realize after a little while that he was a bad guy.

Anyway, if I recall correctly that show or the next show ended with the nWo attempting to recruit Sting, and from there I was hooked. Although I was a hyoooooge mark at first-- I hated all the heels and loved all the faces, it seems. Some of my friends will also never let me forget that I was once a big fan of Glacier. Early on, I also rooted for Ultimo Dragon, which obviously I don't have any regrets about now.

I think around early '98 I started becoming an "OMG WORKRATE~!" guy. I paid very close attention to Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, and Eddie Guerrero, and even found it possible to start liking the bad guys for a change, as I thought both Jericho and Guerrero were brilliant heels.



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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
Although, as a kid, I always had the feeling that wrestling was always about the good guys versus the bad guys, and that ultimately, the good guys won in the end, I'd always be in a state of denial about wrestling not being "real," and I couldn't be convinced otherwise. Yet, the thing that burst my bubble was watching one of the Royal Rumble matches several years ago (If I recall correctly, it was either Rumble '91 or '92). And of course, being a few months away from thirteen years-old, I wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Anyway, the Undertaker was in the ring basically being invincible, when, at some point, Tito Santana threw a punch at Taker's head. Well, it just so happened that the camera angle changed to a shot trained right on that moment. All I'll say is this-- there was more air between Santana's fist and Taker's head than a garage full of basketballs! Now how could I explain that away to all the non-believers?! I couldn't.








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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.48
I was 9 or 10 when I first watched wrestling...it was Memphis wrestling with Lawler and company...my grandfather loved wrestling, especially Lawler, and told me it was fake before I even watched my first match...I was still able to get caught up in it, but never thought it was real...I almost wished that I did. But the moment that removed all doubt was Hogan beating Yoko at WM 9. It also ended my days as a Hulkamaniac, and made me look elsewhere for some younger, cooler guys like Taker, Vader, Sting, etc.
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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.32
    Originally posted by Nag
    I think what broke it for me was right before Royal Rumbel 93, I was listening to local sports talk station WKNR and they had some syndicated wrestling talk show. They started going over the Rumble which was the next night, they predicted Luger as being the Narcissist, Undertaker getting attacked by Giant Gonzales, Yoko winning. Thought they were a bunch of crackheads, but sure enough, it all happened. Broke my heart!


Something the WWF screwed up on one year was the weekend broadcasts for the (I think) 1994 Royal Rumble.

For whatever reason, they aired the shows that were supposed to be on AFTER the Rumble. They didn't have any footage, of course, but they spent the entire show talking about how Wrestler A beat Wrestler B and how someone else would want revenge for someone else interfering. Right down to how Bret Hart and Luger had that "amazing" ending to the Rumble, and we'd have to tune in next week to see who they decided would be the 'real' winner.

I'm sure THAT ruined it for a whoooooole lot of young Canadians...


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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.46
When I first started watching with my dad, he told me it was fake. I believed him, and we always watch with speculation as to how they faked certain things, chiefly the ladder spots in the Razor Ramon/Shawn Micheals match.

Then I trained and learned.



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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
Back in the early 80's I was watching WWF wrestling on tv, and my dad walked up to me and said:

"You do realize that if this was real, they would kill each other."

That's when it really struck me that he was absolutely right and it had to be fake simply for that reason.



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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.74
    Originally posted by Stilton
    which included something about him overhearing one wrestler supposedly calling a spot to his opponent.
Similar story except mine was the local station showing Mr T calling ''headbutt headbutt'' in (possibly ) WrestleMania



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