My earliest memory of the WWF was a match that took place 17 years ago between The Rockers and the Orient Express in Wrestlemania VI. I remember watching the tape, since we waited until it came out on video, with my dad who was a big fan of wrestling. I soon grew to love watching wrestling short after this encounter. Eventually my older sister and two younger brothers would gain interest as well. Even though my mom did not care for wrestling, she still allowed us to watch at such a young age.
The primary reason for my interest in wrestling, in my opinion, was my father. I looked up to him and enjoyed spending time with him, so it was only natural that I would take interest in the same pastimes as him. Every week we would watch WWF Superstars together and follow the storylines closely. We would also watch the pay-per-view events whenever we could at my grandpa's house since he would always order them. I can remember watching Royal Rumble early in the year, Wrestlemania in the spring, King of the Ring in the summer, Summerslam in the summer, Survivor Series around Thanksgiving, and every once in a while an In Your House event. Some of the best memories I have were watching these events with my dad and brothers.
Every character in the WWF was very unique and colorful. My favorite wrestler was perhaps the most colorful, literally. My dad and I were huge Ultimate Warrior fans. Everything about him was bad ass: his name, his theme music, the way he would run into the ring, his colorful outfits with streamers attached to his elbows and boots, his face paint, and his finishing move, the gorilla press slam. The two significant events that made him one of the greatest wrestlers, in my opinion, was becoming the second person to bodyslam Andre the Giant and beating Hulk Hogan in the main event of Wrestlemania VI to become the first wrestler to hold the Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships at the same time. Whenever Ultimate Warrior came back to wrestling after a long break my dad and I would get so excited. I remember in 1996 when it was announced that the Ultimate Warrior was coming back to the WWF and would be wrestling at Wrestlemania XII, which my mom and dad had tickets for, my dad yelled out from the living room, "He's Back, He's Back!!". My mom had just got out of the shower and immediately ran to the living room screaming "Who's Burned??", thinking that my dad was saying "He's Burned, He's Burned!!", referring to one of us kids being on fire. Everyone other than my mom had a good laugh about this.
There are many more memories of wrestling that come to mind but I only discussed the earliest and most significant ones that I could remember. I'm hoping that this class will help bring back more great memories I have of wrestling.
What made my dad yell "He's Back"