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posted by william_boot (23 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Would you still respect me if I told you I could identify two of these guys (Lou Thesz and Verne Gagne) from the thumbnails?

No?

Okay.
posted by DecemberBoy at 12:23 PM on February 15, 2009 [4 favorites]


In all seriousness, I kind of wish mainstream masculinity was still this gay.
posted by regicide is good for you at 12:30 PM on February 15, 2009 [4 favorites]


What a relief to discover the foot in picture 7 belongs to another wrestler.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 12:30 PM on February 15, 2009


DecemberBoy, yes...very much so, yes.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:32 PM on February 15, 2009


In all seriousness, I kind of wish mainstream masculinity was still this gay.

Although the furthest thing from masculine, at least we've been blessed with metrosexuals.
posted by gman at 12:38 PM on February 15, 2009


In all seriousness, I kind of wish mainstream masculinity was still this gay.

I don't know, XFC has always struck me as pretty homoerotic, but that's a straight, non-sports fan talking.
posted by brundlefly at 12:47 PM on February 15, 2009


In all seriousness, I kind of wish mainstream masculinity was still this gay.

The ladies liked it too. In these guys' era, traveling wrestling champions got laid as much as the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin would a few decades later. They still do to some extent, in every city there's a coterie of loose women who hang around the hotel where the wrestlers are staying and try to get lucky. They're affectionately referred to as "ring rats" or just "rats". Wrestler/attempted murderer New Jack is very outspoken on this subject (really NSFW).

Of course, there were also men who got involved in wrestling precisely because they were attracted by the gayness, Jim Barnett and Pat Patterson being two famous examples.
posted by DecemberBoy at 12:53 PM on February 15, 2009


One thing I've always found interesting is how there truly is no hobby, no matter how silly or frivolous the hobby may appear to the outside world, that doesn't have a core of die-hard, obsessive fans who take it as seriously as a heart attack. Even pro wrestling has its group of completely sincere fanatics* who unironically bemoan the lost art of pro wrestling and kvetch about how the current batch of wrestlers today just aren't as good as the superstars of yesteryear, back when wrestlers were able to make fans "believe".

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Wrestling Classics Message Board

*With the full confession that I grew up as a huge wrestling fan and could probably have counted myself among this group at various points in my life.
posted by The Gooch at 1:30 PM on February 15, 2009


Oooh, cool.

I bet none of them are named "necro butcher."
posted by theefixedstars at 1:42 PM on February 15, 2009


The art that they used to promote wrestling was always so elegant. Today, an interesting idea will slip through once in awhile, but it's usually just a mess. Mexican wrestling posters are often quite nice; this book has several examples.

LA-based Pro Wrestling Guerilla sometimes does interesting design things. Here's a nice, un-ironic attempt to do a Mexican-style poster.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:59 PM on February 15, 2009


I anticipated astronomy.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:09 PM on February 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Where's "Gorgeous George "?

I watched him wrestle once in an improvised ring in the basement of the Hayes Hotel in Jackson ('cuz the hotel also housed the local tv station)..... high point of my 12 year old life!
posted by HuronBob at 2:11 PM on February 15, 2009


Color me enticed.
posted by nosila at 2:25 PM on February 15, 2009


Where's "Gorgeous George "?

Here is the man who influenced others from my generation.
posted by gman at 2:30 PM on February 15, 2009


I'm a big fan of the native (North American Indian) wrestlers of the time. From the same era, Billy Two Rivers (real name Billy Two Rivers) eventually went into politics, running the Mowhawk band council for the Kahnawake community. He figured prominently in the Oka Crisis. Another great was Don Eagle, who was also from Kahnawake and would travel form location to location in a cadilac with a 20ft canoe strapped to the roof.
posted by furtive at 3:04 PM on February 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Wrestling Classics Message Board

In all fairness, even other obsessive wrestling fans think those people are goofy. An obsessive culture of wrestling fandom on par with comic books or Star Trek does exist, though, so I get your larger point.
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:10 PM on February 15, 2009


I work with a guy that is related to "The Welch FamilY"

He's pretty proud of his affiliation.

I've always fondly remembered Roller Derby, and RollerBall....

He's not amused....

Gottfried
posted by Gottfried Mind at 3:40 PM on February 15, 2009


Wow, Yukon Eric looks just like Nice Guy Eddie.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 4:00 PM on February 15, 2009


Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Wrestling Classics Message Board

In all fairness, even other obsessive wrestling fans think those people are goofy. An obsessive culture of wrestling fandom on par with comic books or Star Trek does exist, though, so I get your larger point.


Speaking as a fairly obsessive wrestling fan myself, I gotta say that...yeah, that mob scares me.
posted by cerulgalactus at 4:13 PM on February 15, 2009


Are they all beating up the same guy? I mean the ones that are beating up a guy.
posted by orme at 4:32 PM on February 15, 2009


The only one I recognize is Antonino Rocca, and that's only because he wrestled Superman.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 6:17 PM on February 15, 2009


I like that it begins and ends with Verne Gagne, who was a real wrestler and a Minnesotan.
posted by Mental Wimp at 8:53 PM on February 15, 2009


I like that it begins and ends with Verne Gagne, who was a real wrestler and a Minnesotan.


His son, Greg, however, was about the least believable looking wrestler ever.
posted by The Gooch at 9:16 PM on February 15, 2009


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