I sat down with my good friend, Stefan Richard, to record an episode of the Ever Sick! Podcast, yesterday afternoon. The episode is slated to drop this coming Monday. In the episode, Stefan and I talked about the 2017 Royal Rumble, the recent XFL: 30 for 30 documentary, and the current state of the Canadian Football League.
For many of you who may be new to First Row Collectibles, you may not know that I am a huge, life-long fan of professional wrestling. Like many thirty-something year-olds, I became a fan as a young child, watching the likes of Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Iron Sheik, and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
My story is similar to a lot of guys my age: Saturday mornings were spent watching WWF Superstars, and if we were lucky, Saturday Night's Main Event would preempt Saturday Night Live on NBC.
As a child, my step-dad would take me to the WWF house shows whenever they would come to town. Back in the day, WWF would come to Winnipeg usually once a year. I can recall sitting in the crowd watching and cheering on some of my heroes like Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.
Anyone who is a fan of pro-wrestling will tell you that merchandise and collectibles go hand-in-hand with the WWF (now the WWE). During intermission of the wrestling house shows, my step-dad would take me to the merchandise booth where he would purchase me an official WWF event program, and if my behavior was up to snuff, he'd buy me a collectible like a LJN figure or pack of wrestling cards.
To this day, wrestling and collecting are still two of the most important hobbies that allow me an escape from life. Growing up, a lot of friends and family said that I would eventually lose my wrestling fandom. They also said that the fad of card collecting would subside for me as well. Thirty years later, here I am still collecting and watching pro-wrestling like I did as a child. By the looks of it, I don't see that ever changing.