30 Day Wrestling Challenge – Day 1 – Favorite Wrestler Growing Up
Way back when, there was a time that I thought wrestling was real. The Internet was relatively new and not as accessible as it is now. Wrestling dominated only one night of the week, and my only exposure to wrestling came every Monday. I had seen some early WCW wrestling before I got into it full-time. I shifted my attention to the WWF shortly after Wrestlemania 12. The man on top at the time was Shawn Michaels. He was champion, and by default, that means I had to like him (me being the naive kid I was at the time). WCW was prepping its monopoly over the wrestling industry with the nWo storyline, yet HBK managed to keep the WWF mildly relevant until the emergence of stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. He was the pioneer of modern wrestling. He participated in the first four ladder matches and the first Hell in a Cell match. He had charisma rivaled only by all-time greats Ric Flair, Rock and Austin. As a superb in-ring performer, he could wrestle with a turtle and still make it look great. The complete package, he earned the title of Mr. Wrestlemania.