Originally posted by NagWhen I discovered ECW a year later, I thought THAT was real.
Me too! The first time I turned on ECW was late one night on Sunshine Network. I had just got DirecTV. The wife was already asleep as I was flipping channels and say Chris Candido wrestling. I thought to myself "hey its Chris Candido, cool" and I watched. he won the match they went to commercial and then came back and I saw Joey Styles for the first time. I thought he didn't look like the prototypical wrestling announcer. But he seemed OK. He said that the next footage we were about to see would "shock us". I thought yeah right, what could possible be so shocking. I saw Shane Douglas (who I really liked from his days in Mid-South) against Pit Bull #2. Then after the match Pit Bull #1, who was wearing a halo nursing a broken neck, entered the ring to confront Douglas. Shane grabbed the halo and started shaking it. I sat straight up in bed and said "Oh My God!" about the same time Joey said it. Woke my wife up (she was not happy about that). After that I was hooked. I live in Oklahoma so carrying MSG, NESN, Sunshine, and other channels that carried ECW cost me more money but I didn't care. I was happy to hear TNN picked up ECW but unfortunately it was a watered down version.
Big Show: Why is he getting the Intercontinental Title shot and not me? RVD: Ahhh...maybe 'cause you're a tool. Big Show: Look. I am 7'2". I am 500 pounds. I'm a giant. RVD: Oh ok. You're a giant tool.
This story was picked up earlier today by UK tabloid The Sun - see LUTHER REIGNS: I HAD A STROKE (thesun.co.uk) - which is where I first saw it. Man, I'M older than that dude - I should have had THREE strokes by now.