Paid Members BomberPat Posted June 29, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted June 29, 2017 I was discussing how/when I got into wrestling on another forum, and got to thinking about the weirdness of wrestling through the eyes of a child. I know there will be a fair share of "there were two Kanes" and "the original Ultimate Warrior died and was replaced" stories, and I'm sure this topic must have come up before, but what are some rumours/urban legends you remember being spread around the playground? Or what were things that you just got wrong in your own idiot child head? As a kid, I watched the WWF, this would be from around 1992 - 96 - my parents and older brothers hated it, so I'd only be able to watch it if I happened to catch it on TV at some point, so I'd only ever see random B-shows and recaps, and probably never had a clue what the ongoing storylines were or anything like that. I never watched WCW at the time, but I was aware that it existed - I must have seen an advert or something. At the same time, my Grandad was an old World of Sport fan, and used to talk at length about "back in his day" and how even though the British stuff was all fake, the American stuff was really fake. My Dad would sarcastically do the same, taking the piss out of my Grandad banging on about Mick McManus and Kendo Nagasaki, to the point that the old names had an almost mythic quality. At some point, I ended up with a VHS of assorted British matches, watched it, and thought it was boring and rubbish. On top of that, I had a few old Beano annuals that referenced Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks a few times. The stupid misconception I had at the time, though, was that there was the WWF, and then there was WCW. So any wrestling, or wrestlers, I wasn't seeing in the WWF must be in WCW. Hulk Hogan was the most famous wrestler in the world, yet wasn't in the WWF, so he must be in WCW (at least I sort of landed on getting that one right). But I also assumed that all these British blokes must work for WCW too, because people talked about them all the time, but they weren't in the WWF. So, in my head, WCW was the old ITV wrestling, only it had Hulk Hogan in it. I might have even briefly, when I was very young and stupid, thought that meant Hogan must be British. I'm sure I had loads more mad assumptions back then, but that's the big daft one that came to mind. Later, around June 2000, I got back into wrestling, having stopped watching around 1998. RAW was still on Sky on Friday nights, and there were a couple of lads at school who realised that they could read the results online and then tell everyone at school what was going to happen, like they were Eric Bischoff in short trousers, and come across like they had some kind of insider knowledge. Problem is, as bullshitting kids are wont to do, they got caught up in their own bullshit and enjoyed it too much. So rather than just telling us what was definitely going to happen, they also started making shit up. I think either Ken Shamrock or Shawn Michaels were definitely coming back every week for a year. If I remember correctly, one of these kids' reason for having so much insider knowledge is that they claimed Lita was their aunt. I also assumed, when the Undertaker came back with the biker gimmick, that it was a different bloke from when I first watched. I don't think I ever rationalised at what point the Undertaker would have been replaced, but I just couldn't accept that this fella was the same guy who I saw on TV in the early 90s. Another rumour I remember - probably a variant of the "two Ultimate Warriors" thing - is that Sting had died because his facepaint was toxic. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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