There’s a line of dialogue in the feature length film The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen that I’ve always enjoyed hearing, especially when you consider it was uttered by Sir Shawn Connery in his final leading role…
“First meetings usually warrant introductions…”
And I guess that is exactly what this is. An introduction.
In my free time, I might be reading a comic book or two, watching a movie here and there, or blowing up stuff on the internet amongst friends in one of the many, many online games we play on the weekends.
If memory serves, I think my farthest removed mental picture of “the business” would have been Ox Baker and Paul Orndorff cutting dueling promos…and something about the former losing his beard after a loss on TV. Maybe Georgia Championship Wrestling, back in 1983. Some other names from that era that come to mind include “Pistol” Pez Whatley…Buzz Sawyer…”Wildfire” Tommy Rich. And I recall finding it all so…well, I thought it was real, but I wasn’t hooked just yet.
I remember it being sometime in October 1985. I would have been 12, and in the house in which I was raised…that was deemed old enough to have a TV in my room. I had intended to stay up late for Saturday Night Live, but on that particular weekend, it had been pre-empted for Saturday Night’s Main Event. I never did manage to stay awake long enough to catch Hogan Vs. Nikolai. At the height of the Cold War era? That was a big deal! And yeah, I was kicking myself for days after, maving missed it but hearing about it in the lunchroom for days after the fact.
So, for the better part of the past 26 years and counting, I have followed “the business”. Call it whatever you like…pro wrestling…wrasslin’…or sports entertainment, it has been a constant in my life for all these years.
And in closing, I would like to thank Brady for giving me the chance to share my memories and perspectives with each and every one of you.
Until next time…”the pleasure was all yours.”