Whenever people talk about Wrestling, they are usually talking about American Wrestling with little regard to anything that might happen elsewhere in the world. As a Brit, that can sometimes be irksome as my childhood experience of wresting was a little bit different to those who grew up watching the likes of Hulk Hogan!
You see, I grew up with British Wrestlers like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Kendo Nagasaki and, at the time, they were a force to be reckoned with. I remember sitting at home with my parents every Saturday, watching Big Daddy – with his huge 64 inch chest – take on equally impressive opponents like (the quite literally) Giant Haystacks.
To a small boy, these battles were huge and the chants of “Easy Easy” and Big Daddy’s finishing move, the “Big Splash” were much talked about when we returned to school the following Monday.
Looking back on the above fight between two of the sports biggest stars, I do wonder what all the fuss was about. My perception of modern wrestling is that it is all staged and I guess those ideas can be traced back to what I watched as a child.
But that’s hardly the point is it, for a short time, the Brits had genuine superstar wrestlers and I was lucky to grow up with that.