Monday, February 20, 2006



I am guilty of being an ex-fan of the World Wrestling Federation - now WWE. Most males under 35 grew up watching some combination of Wrestlemania, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling and Saturday Night Main Event (SNME). North American males idolized Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and hated the dreaded heals. Those heals often included Big John Stud, King Kong Bundy and the Iron Sheik - who till this day the WWE claims was born in Tahran.

There were so many memorable wrestling moments in the 1980's. Who can forget Unlce Elmer's live wedding on SNME? Uncle Elmer had a cup of coffee in the circuit and was part of Hillbilly Jim's entourage. In fact, the wedding was after the fastest pin in WWF history at 6 seconds. This shattered the previous record of 9 seconds when King Kong Bundy pinned SD (Special Delivery) Jones at Wrestlemania I. Who could forget SD? He was the quintessential good guy, bad luck wrestler. One could go on and on all day about these great athletes of the past, however, there is little time.

The one thing that always struck me about wrestling in the 1980s was Hulk Hogan and how excited he got during interviews. Was there a better clip then Hulk in his day?

The best Hulk clip ever comes courtesy of Wrestlemania IV. I love the Trump references and the backstroke, classic. Mean Gene looks stunned.

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