Recently I've been getting into watching very old clips of famous wrestlers, before they were famous. This mainly translates into pre-WWF footage of 80s era WWF wrestlers. Take these 2 of terry boulder (aka hulk hogan):
I got into wrestling via WWF in the mid 80s. I knew that wrestling dated back a while, but only because of gorilla monsoon showing old clips on one of the evening shows. These old clips were always of old wrestlers (like monsoon himself) though, never of current ones like hogan.
I was completely unaware of pro wrestling existing outside of WWF though, up until the late 80s. (...And even then, I thought the other wrestling was just cheap knockoffs, trying to make a buck.) There was the time I went to a live event, which had nobody I'd heard of, and the arena was just some storage building at the fairgrounds & the seats were just low grade folding chairs. There was also the time that I got an action figure of a blonde heavyweight champ, who clearly was not hogan.
My first awareness of any "legitimate" wrestling, outside of WWF, was when I stumbled onto WCW in the late 90s, just before the monday night wars.
I wasn't aware of wrestling's prehistory until finding it on the internet in very recent years, after WCW folded and TNA popped up. I started looking online to find out where TNA appeared from, and to see if any of my fav wrestlers had popped up anywhere else. (When they vanished from WWF in the late 80s or so, I thought that had flat-out retired. Then I stumbled onto many of the classic wreslters on WCW. After WCW fell, I was hoping to find them someplace else.)
*WARNING: The above post may be highly opinionated, read at your own risk.
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