Paid Members garynysmon Posted September 15, 2021 Paid Members Share Posted September 15, 2021 (edited) I was randomly watching a Youtube series on how US States got their shape and it got me thinking how wrestling must be the reason behind my lingering and weird fascination with aspects of America over the years. Yet I have no interest in American sports, never watched Saturday Night Live etc, and usually get a bit annoyed if picking up on people using creeping Americanisms in everyday language. While some may prefer Japanese or European/UK stuff by now, I think it's fair to say that pretty much everyone that grew up in the early 90's, and beyond, was introduced to Pro Wrestling thanks to the big American promotions. Like most my age I spent my school years obsessed with the WWF and America seemed to be the coolest place on earth. As a result we were exposed to total Vince McMahon Americana, America the Beautiful and all that jazz, so it must have had some kind of an effect. Plus the exposure to US celebrities (or so they said, fuck knows if they were) and sporting figures, most of which meant absolutely bugger all to most people on this side of the Atlantic. Looking back now it's crazy how much I knew back about state capitals and big cities of a country I'd never even visited, while I'd struggle to point out where most English counties were on a map. That said, the older I've got the more I've realised how fucked up it is not having proper healthcare, gun laws that make the rest of the western world shake its head and a party of the left that would be right of centre in any European country. Nice place to visit on holiday, which I have, but I'd never want to live there. But yet, there's something magical about Madison Square Garden and the like, and I'd do anything to be able to go back and attend some of those early Wrestlemanias in person and belt out the anthem with Macauley Culkin.... So how has American wrestling impacted your hobbies and outlook in other ways? Did you start getting into the NFL and obscure American TV shows as a result? (This could just as easily be one for off-topic in fairness) Edited September 15, 2021 by garynysmon Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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