How I Became A Wrestling Fan

By George Harvey

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When I was 8, I found something amazing. It was a TV show.

It wasn’t like any TV show I’d ever seen before. It had a monster in a red mask, a double-act where one guy was black and the other was gold, and two men who were apparently going to fight each other three times at ‘Armageddon’. The year was 2002, and the show was ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.

What I saw that day stayed with me for the next 4 years of my life. I couldn’t remember what channel wrestling was on, but I tried eagerly to find it again. Then one day, in 2006, I discovered Sky Sports 3. At first, I thought what I saw was good. But as time went on, I found myself immersed in a world I’d only dreamed of. A world where ‘The Boogyman’ was real, where leprechauns could win titles, where two grown men could humiliate their boss by spay-painting his limo or showing their butt-cheeks – like a couple of degenerates. My autistic mind was just boiled over with excitement.

The more I watched wrestling the more I knew I couldn’t live without out it. I remember seeing superstars like Rey Mysterio, John Cena and Shawn Michaels in the lead up to ‘WrestleManaia 22’, and thinking it was the coolest thing in the entire world. I now own every single ‘WrestleMania’ on DVD – each one a spectacle of creative storytelling, fierce rivalries and intense championship reigns. Not to mention I have WWE t-shirts, belts, other DVDs and a hat.

It was a dream come true when I saw my first wrestling show at the O2 arena. Who cared if it was just a live event. It was WWE and that was all that mattered. Still, I kept hoping for the day when I’d see one of the main shows live. And finally I did  Both of them! First I saw ‘Smackdown’ in 2011, where I screamed as the tag team titles changed changes. Then this year I saw ‘Raw’, when John Cena teased that ‘WrestleMania’ would one day come to London – my god, I hope so!

Even when my family got rid of Sky TV, I wouldn’t let that separate me from my passion. Every week I go online and stay up to date with the latest news.

It’s been 10 years since I became a fan, but WWE continues to surprise me by reinventing itself for new generations. In recent years we’ve seen the ‘Summer of Punk’; the rise of the ‘Yes Movement’; the ‘Divas Revolution’; the return of the Dudley Boyz; the arrival of Sting; and of course, the WWE Network. Who would’ve thought that a wrestling company, of all things, would’ve had its own Network? In fact, who would’ve thought we’d ever see Hanna-Barbera characters like Scooby Doo and Fred Flintstone tangle it up with John Cena in the ring? It’s crazy, but it happened. It just goes to show you, like they say: anything can happen in WWE. And that’s what makes it so great.

Catch more of George’s articles at Georgeharvey2015.wordpress.com

 

 



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