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.
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.
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.
“To get ass, you’ve got to bring ass." -- Roy Jones Jr.
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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.
Matt Tracker: Great comix this week. But why not use the Trojan corner to feature the adventures Al Wilson? DEAN: Al Wilson rides it bareback, my brother. Matt Tracker: Waitress, I won't need this omelette after all, thanks. DEAN: He's too much of gentleman to assume that the lady he is with would have a disease and he's man enough to raise any offspring that should arise. HE IS AL WILSON.
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).
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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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.
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.
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".
(edited by HairRaiser on 23.8.05 1938) March 22, 2004 - Finally the WotD!