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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-31-2019, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question for people that lived through kayfabe era

Before wrestling was doxxed did people really think Hogan was as tough as portrayed on TV? Did people actually buy into the entire shtick?

Same thing with the Road Warriors in the AWA.
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Re: Question for people that lived through kayfabe era

it's not really much of a stretch when it comes to someone like hogan. look at the guy. i'm pretty sure most people watching back in the 80s and 90's just assumed he could maim and kill the average man if he wanted to. didn't require a huge leap of faith.

interesting you made this thread because just the other day i was watching an old episode of SNME on the network that featured a match between andre and warrior. yea wrestling may be fake but you take a look at both guys and truth be told you aren't really sure who would win in a real fight. on one hand you have a dude the size of an elephant and hands the size of soccer balls... but on the other hand you have a dude who's just insanely shredded and muscular. you watch both promos ahead of the match and you almost feel you could make a case for either of them. they're both scary dudes in their own right. they both had you convinced. that's why wrestling used to be so great.

there' s nothing scary about seth rollins... or kofi kingston... or many of the guys going today. you don't need to know anything about brock's MMA background to know that those guys wouldn't stand any chance against him. you could sense it a mile away just by watching the show.
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Re: Question for people that lived through kayfabe era

Hogan yeah. At least from a kids perspective. He was huge and we all knew he could handle himself,especially when his opponents were guys like Earthquake and Ultimate Warrior.

Same for the Road Warriors. Two jacked as shit dudes that whipped ass wherever they went.

I doubt adults in that era looked at any of those guys and thought they could beat them in a legit fight. Now? Whole different story with Seth and Kofi. They would be jobbers getting squashed on WWF Superstars.
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As a kid I wanted to believe it was real but back then we had real fights in school and I went to sling this guy into a pole like wrestlers would do when they threw guys into the ropes and the kid didn’t move and when I tried it again he punched me, I knew then that wrestlers were working together in the ring.
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Hogan's intensity made me believe he was legit and the size/build of the guy sold on me same with Warrior.

I miss Kayfabe those were the days.

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As a kid, I just figured Hogan had a lot of stamina. His sex tape proved otherwise.
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Hogan's intensity made me believe he was legit and the size/build of the guy sold on me sane with Warrior.

I miss Kayfabe those were the days.
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As a kid I wanted to believe it was real but back then we had real fights in school and I went to sling this guy into a pole like wrestlers would do when they threw guys into the ropes and the kid didnít move and when I tried it again he punched me, I knew then that wrestlers were working together in the ring.
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Re: Question for people that lived through kayfabe era

And it also helped that allot of those guys back then were accomplished barroom brawlers and back alley fighters unlike the sports entertainers you have now a days.
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And it also helped that allot of those guys back then were accomplished barroom brawlers and back alley fighters unlike the sports entertainers you have now a days.

True, true. I started watching NWA as a kid and grew up watching guys like Wahoo, Mulligan, Koloff, Flair, Valentine, Dusty, Ole, Steamboat, etc.. We didn't get WWF or AWA where I lived.

The style was less flips and dives back then. Lots more slams, suplexes, punches, kicks and holds. It wasn't too big a leap of faith for a kid to think that if a Blackjack Mulligan picked you up and slammed you or if Ole Anderson grabbed your arm and twisted it that it would hurt like hell. Selling was done more as well, in general guys didn't kick out of a finisher and then pop up like nothing happened.

In many respects that made it easier to believe than say beveling Rey Mystero could do a Hurricarna that would flip Samoa Joe across the ring.
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Is this some kind of off the wall cryptic reply or am I missing something here?

This was supposed to be a reply to Greatsthegreats.
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