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mighty brutus
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posted 02 October 2002 11:47 AM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Are any of you inty-lecktualls closet (or not-so-closet) wrestling fans? What do you like about it? What do you hate? (I'm bracing myself) Favourite performers? Discuss...
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posted 02 October 2002 11:58 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to love it when I was a young teen. My dad and I bonded together over Saturday morning wrestling.
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posted 02 October 2002 12:19 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to watch it quite regularly a couple of years ago, and way before that as a young "Hulkimaniac". Haven't seen it in a long time.

Likes: the amazing athleticism of the wrestlers, the great technical wrestling moves, the showmanship and the pectorals.

Dislikes: it's rampant mysogyny, the emphasis on lame moves, catch phrases and McMann's total disregard for the safety and long-term health needs of his performers.

One of my family members is really into it, does the backyard wrestling videos too.


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posted 02 October 2002 12:51 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hah. I used to watch it when I was younger. Now, though, I just have to laugh at it all.

It's really amusing to hear that Jimmy Cornette, for example, made it to either WCW or WWF (now WWE) and STILL waves around that frackin' tennis racket.

Or when you hear wrestlers go, "LEMME TELL YOU SOMETHIN RIGHT NOW, PUNK!" and then go on to recite their laundry list of complaints.


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posted 02 October 2002 01:05 PM      Profile for sheep     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Stampede Wrestling, with Ed Whalen, was a saturday afternoon ritual for many years amongst me and my circle of friends.

It was the genesis of the WWF and WCW and the whole pro wrestling scene...great stuff.


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mighty brutus
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posted 02 October 2002 01:07 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ditto, Trinitty-- there are some aspects of the sport (if I may call it that) that do make me ashamed to be a fan. For this reason I tape the shows and fast-forward over the lame/offensive parts. On the other hand, there are occasionally matches that are transcend the banal, that exemplify athleticism, psychology, and that truly tell a story. For example, there was a match last week between "Edge" (not the U2 member) and Eddy Guerrerro that gave my wife and I goosebumps.
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posted 02 October 2002 01:18 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did Ed's elbow stay in the socket?

I know Ege, is he still teamed with Christian?


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mighty brutus
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posted 02 October 2002 01:36 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Alas, Edge and Christian are no more. Edge is getting a solo push and Christian (arguably the more talented of the two, but lacking size and the 'look') seems to be going from gimmick to gimmick--most recently as a member of the "Un-Americans" a 'heel' contingent that puts down the good old U.S. of A and its values. Stay tuned however, as it seems the "Unamericans" have had some recent personnel issues and may be finished.
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posted 02 October 2002 02:30 PM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Whipper Billy Watson rocks! I've always admired Bruno Samartino. The Shiek, I've always felt was misunderstood, and of course what happened to Yukon Eric was tragic.

I recall Fritz Von Eric, who was undefeatable when he used "the claw", and Lord Athol Layton of course gave the show some class. My Dad once took me to Maple Leaf Gardens, where I saw Gorgeous George.

God, I bet none of those people are still alive.


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posted 02 October 2002 02:33 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Isn't Angelo "King Kong" Mosca (also an ex Hamilton Tigercat) still alive someplace? And what about "The Beast?" I once heard a story about his getting very drunk one night and chasing a black bear into a lake at a resort someplace.

[ October 02, 2002: Message edited by: paxamillion ]


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posted 02 October 2002 02:45 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oldgoat, some of those old-timers ROCK! One of my favourites was the 'Mormon Giant' Don Leo Jonathan. He would have been a star in any era. As for Fritz von Erich, he pushed his sons into the business. Five sons became wrestlers, four were dead by age thirty-three, either suicides or overdoses.
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posted 02 October 2002 09:35 PM      Profile for Zeratul     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

[ October 02, 2002: Message edited by: Zeratul ]


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posted 02 October 2002 09:45 PM      Profile for Zeratul     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Edge is getting a solo push and Christian (arguably the more talented of the two

I, personnally am a wrestling fan, and I believe that since Edge has gone solo and fights fairly, and Christian has jumped from heel group to heel group and has not gone through a match without cheating in one form or another that Edge truly is the most talented of the two.

My personal favourite wrestler is Kane, the Big Red Machine, with 11 championships (The WWE Champion,2 Intercontinental Champions,6 Tag Team Champions,the WCW Tag Team Champion and the Hardcore Champion) and at 7ft. 326lbs -/+,a member of RAW he has "double gold" currently, as he had the Intercontiental championship and the Tag-Team championship with "The Hurricane" and his finishers the Chokeslam and the Tombstone piledriver he is, arguably, one of the most formable wrestlers there is.


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mighty brutus
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posted 03 October 2002 05:36 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the Kane character is kind of worn out, although they have 'tweaked' it a bit recently, allowing him to show a little more personality. It'll be interesting to know how the tag team of Kane & The Hurricane works out. They seem to have a goofy kind of chemistry together. I'm not the biggest fan of Kane's wrestling, although there's no denying he is an incredible physical specimen, and he has a cool ring entrance. I prefer the lighter, more agile wrestlers as a rule, e.g. Rey Mysterio, Jamie Noble, Tajiri, to name but a few...
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posted 08 October 2002 08:47 PM      Profile for NP   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've gotta admit, as a boy Stampede Wrestling was Saturday's highlight. My dad and my brother and I would have to sneek off to watch, b/c my mom frowned on the whole thing (mysogyny, violence etc.)

My alltime faves were Mukhan Singh and the Great Gamma. Hehe and Ed Whalen.

I couldn't be bothered watching wrestling now. It's almost as bad as "you gotta see this" or "caught on tape".


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posted 11 October 2002 07:55 PM      Profile for Brian Knight     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm surprised that anyone can have a discussion of pro wrestling without mentioning Gene Kiniski, Canada'a greatest athlete.
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