How I got into professional wrestling…

I’ve been a wrestling fan for over 2 decades. Back in the early/mid 90s, it wasn’t necessarily “cool” to watch wrestling, so I kept it hidden for a few years, but come middle school, we were in the heart of the attitude era and it was starting to become a bit more mainstream. I thought a good first story for Stuff Dudes Like would be to tell about my first experience with wrestling and what got me into it.


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Flashback to July 1993.  I’m 8 years old and it’s the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade.  I’m flipping through the channels on the TV and I see a near 600 lb. man standing in the middle of the ring on the USS Intrepid with hordes of men trying to be the one to finally lift him up and slam him down.  It was Yokozuna vs the USA in the WWF Stars and Stripes Challenge.  Many tried and it seemed like no one would be able to do it, but then “he” flew in (by helicopter, literally).  It was the Total Package, Lex Luger. He threw Yokozuna’s manager Mr. Fuji out of the ring, nailed Yokozuna with the steel plate in his elbow, picked him up and slammed him down, winning the challenge for all of America! From then on, I was hooked. I have hundreds of memories over the last few decades of watching and I’ll be sharing some of my favorites with you in future posts.


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As we come up on Memorial Day, if you’re feeling a little patriotic feel free to check out a video of the clip for yourself from WWE’s YouTube channel…

All I have to say is USA, USA, USA!



– Erik Steckis

TWITTER: @ESteckis