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Since WWE’s Survivor Series was just the other day, I decided to share this story for today’s blog. Also, how fitting that today’s date is the EXACT date from S.S. ’90– Nov. 22! ( Had to look that up in my book!)
What a Rush this was and out of all my past memories relating to Warrior, this one is by far the most distant in my experiences. I was in 7th grade and the school year had just begun. I do believe we had started watching wrestling at home because of what I noticed in my classroom. I sat next to this boy whom I had known for years and on his notebook was a picture of the Road Warriors– Hawk and Animal.
Most of my family probably thought I didn’t talk to boys much at all but actually I did since the topic of wrestling became my ice breaker. We started this whole conversation about the characters despite class going on and besides, we didn’t like our teacher anyway! There were a few other boys that had started watching wrestling but I always felt in the minority with girls since they never talked about it and would never have the courage to ask.
It wasn’t a “girl” thing much at all even though there were women wrestlers. Certainly a different story today but this was even before the first Wrestlemania. Hulk Hogan was just starting to become popular in 1984 from what I can remember and this was years before the Ultimate Warrior even came to be.
The compelling part of all this for me was that his notebook had the Road Warriors on it. That could’ve been anybody else– too many to mention. I know how Warrior and Sting as the Bladerunners looked to Hawk and Animal for inspiration. They liked how they “carried themselves” and had the confidence. Who would’ve thought a few years later the Dingo Warrior, Ultimate Warrior, and then Warrior would bust through that curtain? Also, how Warrior would later get the chance to partner with Hawk and Animal known as Legion of Doom then along with Kerry Von Erich in Survivor Series 1990.
I always thought at the time that Hulk was the biggest star and of course he was but there were and are other favorites. I certainly learned this at the age of 12 which became the beginning for me. This connection, subtle as it was back then started many things for me that I could never imagine. It wasn’t just the beginning of a Warrior name but talking to boys about something of interest. It made me feel good. Such a defining moment of my pre-Warrior days and What A Rush it became.