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This event rocked my childhood

Postby TylerM4 » Nov 30th, 2018, 11:42 am

Hulk Hogan slams Andre the Giant, wins wrestlemania 3.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPOiyRZrxtM

Let me set the stage: Tyler is 9 or 10yo, obsessed with WWF (as were most of the boys in my class), and totally convinced that it was all real. That whole season Andre was simply unstoppable. None of his opponents even seemed to phase him and he easily won every match. Hulk Hogan's previous encounters with Andre didn't go well either. We were all convinced Andre would win the championship. I mean, the dude was a real honest to god giant!

Nobody had ever slammed Andre, it was impossible. When hulk did it I couldn't believe my eyes. I'd just seen a legitimate miracle! Is this a dream? And of course, shortly after that slam it was all over with Hulk being the winner.

The rest of the day I was in a bit of a daze. I remember laying awake in bed that night staring at the ceiling thinking about what I had witnessed. How things would never be the same again. Did Hogan have some sort of superpower? Heavy thoughts. We talked about it for days.

Something I look back on very fondly. The innocence of youth coupled with the events of a TV show being one of the most important things in one's life. Probably a sign of a good childhood. :130:

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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby Loki2u » Nov 30th, 2018, 11:49 pm

Great story man!

I remember that as well being about the same age as you were. It was all everyone could talk about at school the next day! I believe that is when Hulk Hogan took over as the face of the WWF.

I remember collecting the little wrestling figurines that would fit on your thumb and wrestle with my friends at lunch.
The good 'ol days! :130:
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby LANDM » Dec 1st, 2018, 1:03 am

Yeah, but Gene Kiniski and Bulldog Brown was a pretty good wrestling match too. :smt045

All it would take would be for Eric Froehlich to take down Hulk Hogan or Dean Higuchi to put the sleeper on Andre.....then you’d know what *real* wrestling was. :smt045

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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby normaM » Dec 1st, 2018, 7:04 am

Stampede Wrestling. Sats.. seldom missed, my Daddy even took me to matches.
Ed whalton ( spelling??)
Fake blood and hit with the folding chair, jumping off the ropes.
My favorites were the little people ( everyone said midget wrestling)
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby LANDM » Dec 1st, 2018, 9:40 am

YES!! Midget wrestling.....forgot about that. It was televised very infrequently. And they were definitely called midgets.

Dutch Savage wouldn’t have a chance if he ever had to come up against a herd of midgets. :biggrin:

Revelling in the halcyon days of yesteryear.

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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby normaM » Dec 1st, 2018, 9:44 am

Both men and womens tag teams
I liked when they would cheat and tag when the ref not looking - fans screaming
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby LANDM » Dec 1st, 2018, 10:04 am

Wow....you’re firing neurons that haven’t been accessed for decades. I totally forgot about the women’s teams.

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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby TylerM4 » Dec 1st, 2018, 10:13 am

normaM wrote:Both men and womens tag teams
I liked when they would cheat and tag when the ref not looking - fans screaming



Oh yes. And don't forget the manager antics!

Distracting the ref while both members of one team beat up on 1 member of the other team, etc.

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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby normaM » Dec 1st, 2018, 10:21 am

Bad guy would climb on the ropes - ready to smash good guy nearly dead.
Last second, good guy rolls outta the way - baddie lands hard, good guy rolls on him for the win!
And sometimes the good guy would all of a sudden be a bad guy, so we'd go from cheering to booing
I mean I am talking nearly every Sat afternoon watching it on TV.
I liked the bad guy wore a face mask
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby gardengirl » Dec 1st, 2018, 11:49 am

LANDM wrote:Yeah, but Gene Kiniski and Bulldog Brown was a pretty good wrestling match too. :smt045

All it would take would be for Eric Froehlich to take down Hulk Hogan or Dean Higuchi to put the sleeper on Andre.....then you’d know what *real* wrestling was. :smt045


I watched that every Saturday with my dad. We loved it. He even took us to see them live at the Vernon Rec Centre one time.
The am pretty sure The Brute was there too. They even had the midget wrestlers (you could call them that) to open the show.
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby gardengirl » Dec 1st, 2018, 11:51 am

normaM wrote:Bad guy would climb on the ropes - ready to smash good guy nearly dead.
Last second, good guy rolls outta the way - baddie lands hard, good guy rolls on him for the win!
And sometimes the good guy would all of a sudden be a bad guy, so we'd go from cheering to booing
I mean I am talking nearly every Sat afternoon watching it on TV.
I liked the bad guy wore a face mask


The Brute!
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby gardengirl » Dec 1st, 2018, 11:52 am

Now that I think of it, I bet Don Cherry stole his schtick from Gene Kiniski.
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby normaM » Dec 1st, 2018, 2:05 pm

The Brute! yes!!! My Daddy would drink with some of them.. my Mother thought the whole thing beyond dumb.. Daddy and I enjoyed our bonding time
There was a woman who was strong and mean.. it will come to me
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby GordonH » Dec 1st, 2018, 2:39 pm

I remember watching Rocky 3 and they made Hulk Hogans character appear huge compare to rocky.
Terry Bollea (Thunderlips) is around 6'7"
Michael Stallone (Rocky Balboa) is around 5'9"

in the movie it appear to be a difference of closer to 18"

This was 5 years before WrestleMania 3
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Re: This event rocked my childhood

Postby LANDM » Dec 1st, 2018, 5:02 pm

gardengirl wrote:
normaM wrote:Bad guy would climb on the ropes - ready to smash good guy nearly dead.
Last second, good guy rolls outta the way - baddie lands hard, good guy rolls on him for the win!
And sometimes the good guy would all of a sudden be a bad guy, so we'd go from cheering to booing
I mean I am talking nearly every Sat afternoon watching it on TV.
I liked the bad guy wore a face mask


The Brute!

Crazy! I was just thinking about the Brute......he was a "newer" entity than the others. Sort of at the end of it, as I recall.

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