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Having responded to an interesting thread last week, it got me to thinking, how exactly has wrestling changed my life? How has it changed other people's lives?

As a child, wrestling was the be all and end all for me, I thought about it all day in school, daydreaming was what school was for me, then to home where I would watch wrestling tapes over and over, Wrestlemania x, Royal Rumble' 1994, 1995, being the tapes that were frequently abused. All weekend long was watching the catch up shows - Superstars, Mania with Pettingill, and later, Livewire, Smackdown. It affected me to the point that I don't know would I be the same person if I didn't have it in my life. The same obsession had me applying to the Hart Academy at 14, persuading my parents to let me have a full sized wrestling ring, going to the U.K. from Ireland for house shows. So, it majorly affected me. Bret Hart is still one of my dream dinner guests.

Chatting to a friend the other day, I was telling him how WWF as it was actually had a huge influence over me as a child, I had an unhealthily knowledge of American geography for a ten year old Irish boy, I had a fantastic turn of(Americana)phrase and a large vocabulary of superlatives learned directly from the mouth of Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr. who at the time was commentating and moulding our young minds. I believe, that from that young age, I brought those accidental learnings with me as I grew older, still being able to reference early 90's pop culture, some american political anecdotes as well as being able to name the state if you name the city!

On a deeper level, wrestling opened my mind, it allowed me to be creative and think outside the box, imagining things other kids my age would never be able to do. Wrestling became a Pandora's box, one day it could be a little word that I could use, or the next it was a story line that allowed me to think about and run wild with (pardon the disgusting pun).

Wrestling allowed me to appreciate the good guy and the bad guy, the plight the protagonist will always face at one stage, it became my reference to everyday life, and to a certain degree, it still is.

So, I was wondering, does anybody else have similar experiences? How had wrestling changed your life, affected it in anyway, or am I the only weirdo looking into it?
 

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Well i was seriously addicted to it when i was 13/14 years old.. i knew every move (pretty much), wanted a ring outside my house, and would watch EVERYTHING wrestling related..

now it just prevents me from going out on mondays and occasional fridays :side:
 

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Well, thanks to DVR technology, I can watch episodes of RAW & SD! over, and over, and over.

And it's seriously like my women's soap opera. I would be out of the house, and I just spontaneously think about the Main Event on Monday, or what else will happen, or if Ziggler will finally win the IC Title, etc and get excited.
 

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Wrestling has made me spend more time on the laptop, as it is the only place i embrace my passion for wrestling.

And the top two songs on my phone are wrestling themes.
 

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The best things I've taken from wrestling are: a.) an appreciation for how hard people are working on whatever level they're performing on. Just because someone isn't a headliner doesn't mean they're not talented as all else. b.) I get to throw around the terms "mark" and "heel/face turn" in general conversation (as in "I marked for [moment]"). The latter is especially useful and fun to think of turning points in movies/TV/life as a heel or face turn.
 

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For awhile when I was like 10 or 11 my friends and I were really into it. We even made our own wrestling federation. Which probably wasn't very smart. We only had one title. The hardcore title. Which was made from a piece of a guitar from a wrestling show we went too. We decided who won the match by a flip of a coin before hand. And we all head our own entrance music and came out of the house to it. There were only 4 of us in it and it didn't last very long.

It also lead to the first time I was ever knocked out. I was the ref and my one friend was supposed to "distract" me so the one guy could hit the other guy with the title belt. Unfortunately he decided the best distraction was to give me the tombstone piledriver. And of course my head hit the ground and knocked me out for a few minutes. The funny thing was. I still saw the other guy get hit with the belt as I was getting the tombstone.
 

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I don't think it's changed my life in any way... unless you count me tuning in on Monday night or posting on a forum. That's not really life changing things though.
 

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wow deep stuff here

i guess it has the more i think about it.

i think i am who i am beacuse of it.
im a wrestling fan and always will be.
its always gone be apart of my daily life.

some of my look, how i talk and act is all wrestling.
 

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Weirdly, it's effected my relationship with my brother.

Me and him have never gotten along. Well, not really. We're better now, cause of age and maturity, but we still argue a ton about the stupidest stuff EVER.

But when we were younger, the one thing we'd agree on was wrestling. We'd be screaming at each other one moment, but as soon as wrestling was on TV, all our past anger was forgotten for a period of bonding through marking out like hell. And occasionally wrestling each other, using the living room floor at the ring, the 4 sofas at the ropes and the armrests as the turnbuckle (the sofas in our living room were re-arranged into a square pattern at our request).

Nowadays though, my brother has gone off wrestling. He now, despite his past love for it, refuses to acknowledge it as anything but "gay porn with naked men grappling each other". I went off it for a long time too, but now I'm back in.

And now I use it to annoy my brother whenever possible. He starts annoying me somehow, I switch topics and ramble on about recent wrestling developments. Although even this has ended up backfiring since we occasionally get into proper discussions about it, and bond over our mutual hatred of Cena.
 

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In my personal life it doesn't really effect me at all. People in my area know that I am a wrestling fan and a pretty big one at that. When it comes to doing things on wrestling nights, I have no problem with going out and hanging out with friends. Usually every Monday night (minus tonight) I go out to the local bar with some buddies. Plus, I always DVR every wrestling show anyway (don't like commercials).

I do have some friends that used to be real big into wrestling too. My best friend as a child to young teen and me always wrestled on trampolines. He lived on a farm and and a little over a half of one of his barns was almost completely empty. Working outlets in there too. So we set up the trampoline in there and had a boombox to play our theme music. As kids we had our own small arena as we liked to call it.
 

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It's affected me vastly. Since the age of 4, I have never stopped watching and I never will. I'm basically obsessed, I don't go one day without doing something wrestling related, be it watch a ppv, watch a show, listen to some wrestling music/themes, watch videos on youtube etc.

It's also a comfort blanket, everything in the world could feel like it's against me, yet when I'm doing something wrestling related, all my frustration, sadness, anger and other negative emotions just go away.

It's also my dream, I want to be a wrestler. When I've got all my education done and gained enough money through work, I'll work out and go to a gym which will teach me to wrestle, which is located not that far away from me. I'll day dream in the middle of classes, of having some of the greatest matches ever, with the fans going wild. Then I realise I'm still stuck in class, all the pressure to do the best in my exams, yet I couldn't care.
(That's not saying I'm doing badly, I'm actually doing pretty good in my exams)

Without wrestling, I wouldn't be straight edge either. CM Punk is the one that advertised what straight edge is. I heard about it, did my own research and decided I want to follow this path. I didn't want to end up down the pub, drinking and smoking myself half to death. I wanted to stay away from that. I hear about people I care for hanging around with smokers/drinkers, influencing them to follow their behaviour. This goes especially for the past weeks, where I've literally been torn into pieces by what I've been told happened because of these drinkers.

Basically, I'm a weirdo too, but I'm proud of the fact that wrestling has affected me like this. I wouldn't be me, the person here right now, if I wasn't a fan.
 

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It was the early Wrestlemanias and Royal Rumbles that got me into wrestling as a child.
Since then, I've been following it, mostly WWF and WWE. There were some sour moments but most of them were good
in the end because I just like the sport a lot.

One more thing..
Wrestling led all of us to talk about it here.
 

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Wrestling has made me more open minded in all aspects of my life. I'm glad I'm not one of those people who just goes "it's fake" and thinks nothing more of it. In regards to music, film, ways of life etc I try to open my mind as much as possible and appreciate things for what they are.

I also love the business side of wrestling and particularly love shows like wrestling observer live where they analyse different aspects of the business. I find wrestling history and analysis very, very interesting when it is done well.

My parents can't stand wrestling. My mum thinks it's utter garbage whereas my father respects that whilst they are super talented athletes he just could get never get into it which I respect. Their influence will never have any bearing on my love for it though.
 
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