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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2010 10:21 pm
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Bruno Sammartino was my first favorite as a kid. I also liked Pedro Morales.

I guess I was a mark for the belt.


LOL! Me too! I loved the old WWWF belt. As for my first favorite wrestler-Bruno Sammartino (no surprise). Later I really became a fan of Johnny Rodz. The guy was so talented-it seemed a shame that he was used as enhancement.



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Johnny Weaver or Argintine Apollo when I was 9 or 10.  When Art Nelson turned on Weaver in the next year or so, I started liking all of the "bad guys" especially the Andersons.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2010 10:41 pm
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Ray Stevens. Later on Paul Orndorff and Sgt Slaughter



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Dusty Rhodes.

I liked Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat and even the Horsemen, but Dusty was the man....

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Brian Pillman was my first favorite. I think Dustin Rhodes came second. Sabu when I discovered ECW. Then Flair.

I got into wrestling later than the rest of you.



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The Road Warriors.

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In 1966 my favorite was Dick the Bruiser.
Along the way there were a few others but Bruiser was my #1 favorite up until the last time I saw him ref a Freebirds-Steiners match at the UIC Pavillion around 1990 or so.

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Spiros Arion, Gino Brito, and Domenic DeNucci (Superstars of Wrestling's top faces in the mid-to-late 70's.) You can add George Cannon in there too, I guess, as him getting up from the announce table was the only thing that could ever get the Sheik to stop trying to kill a hapless jobber on the TV matches. Sheik legit scared me when I was a kid. He would hold the jobber in the camel clutch well after the match was over and even Creatchman couldn't get him off, but Cannon approaching the ring always made him stop.

Dino Bravo and Greg Gagne next, late 70's AWA. Bravo for beating the unbeatable Super Destroyer II and unmasking him on TV, and Gagne for beating Nick Bockwinkel in a non-title match. Verne Gagne fits in too, more because he had such an aura about him as the aging, former champ...you knew he would beat Bockwinkel if he ever got a chance again.

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Bruno

After that it would be..Dom Denucci



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You gents sure seem to enjoy old timey AWA/Canadian/WWF superstars.  Im not saying those places were boring and filmed by 3rd grade dropouts with camcorders but its plain to see that many of my friends in the north and the north east never saw Fritz Von Erichs World Class Championship wrestling.  Man!  They had the whole kit and Kaboodle.  There were the Von Erich boys, The Fabulous High Flying Freebirds and on occasion Manny Fernandez "the Flying Burrito" would stop in and show his high flying moves from across the border.

You guys missed out on the good stuff.

Good evening guys.  Do yourselves a favor and check out some of this old Texas rasslin.  Those guys knew how to put on a show!



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Sixk of Portalsman and he is a total fucking loser and mark for himself. A bore. Dude has never been laid in his life.

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Taker. Still is, though he had a brief hiatus as #2 while Austin was #1 during 1998.



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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 02:11 am
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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 02:12 am
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When I first started watching in late 82-83, my top three were in this order:

 

1. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

2. Bob Backlund

3. The Strongbow brothers.



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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 02:45 am
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Backlund obviously.

Kurt Angle later on.

Grown to truly appreciate Shawn Michaels over the last 8 years. And I've never seen a Pat Patterson match that I disliked, and Ken Patera is another that I really like. But Backlund is and probably always will be my favorite.



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Andre the Giant (around 1978).  Captivating to watch for a young kid.

Then Backlund.

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