And back then, I didn't give a shit about their ages, I never even knew how old wrestlers were. Had no interest in wanting to know. I only cared about being entertained and as a collective, I got more entertainment out of Sting, Flair, Luger, The Steiners, Vader, Arn Anderson and company over the years.
Part of that is because, up until December of '99, WWF only ran on syndication where I'm from and that wasn't a constant. I got familiar through the PPV's and vacations in markets that got USA network but I always had TBS, which had a weekend stacked of WCW TV, along with COTC every few months.
And prior to '92, my only familiarity with WWF was through action figures and a table hockey game I got for Christmas. I didn't know there was more than 1 wrestling company.
Now, in retrospect, WWF was obviously the better promotion, as they had a wide variety of stars, where as WCW's focal point always remained on a handful of guys. But as a kid, you couldn't convince me that another company was better than WCW, mainly because I grew up on it, it was southern like me and up until '98 (when I left elementary school) was always the wrestling related topic in school. We all was throwing up Wolfpac signs. We all was doing Sting's howl. Playing around, we tried our damndest to put each other in the Torture Rack.
But, again, thats due to familiarity. Whichever company you're exposed to the most is going to appear better. And as I said, I didn't get the USA network until December of '99. So, 4 hours of WCW trumped 1 hour of WWE, an hour where I mostly would just see the Natural Disasters feud and the Bushwhackers lick people's faces.
At one time, I honestly viewed WWF the same way I viewed Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Like, what is this? Do I wanna stay up till 1:30 to watch this and I don't know anybody? Of course, I did but at that time, I was a diehard WCW fan and remained that way until I got fully exposed to ECW. Those were the only 2 companies I ever felt passionate about. Couldn't miss an episode, taped those I had to be somewhere else. With WWF, it developed into where I wanted to fulfill an addiction to wrestling I had since I was 4, instead of "this is must see TV". But, I was just so fascinated by WCW, I cried when the Horsemen attacked Sting in '89 (I didn't see it until '90). I cried when an episode of COTC in '90 or '91 got pre empted for Atlanta Braves baseball. There was no alternative for me and for 9 consecutive years, WCW was always my love and first choice. That only changed when ECW got on TNN. WWF was on fire but I would tape it and watch WCW live, while also taping the replay.
But, nah, I never felt like you. WCW was the glory years for me and I haven't viewed wrestling with the same passion since it ended. Sting, Flair, Luger and The Steiners practically raised me. First 5 action figures I ever had. First match I ever saw was Sting & Flair vs. Muta & Funk. As a kid, those were like God's to me.
I miss those days.