Over the last few weeks, WWE has given wrestling fans a few reasons to be excited about things to come with WrestleMania 28 and beyond.
Be it the highly anticipated Chris Jericho vs CM Punk feud, the once in a lifetime John Cena vs. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson match or Triple H trying to end the greatest streak in wrestling, The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania run.
While I am usually a cynical wrestling fan, I can't help but be intrigued by that list of matches.
Intrigued, yes, but one thing I rarely do when it comes to wrestling is—what us in the IWC likes to call—mark out. For those who don't know what mark out or marking out means, wikipedia defines it as:
the act of reacting to an event in wresting as if it was legit even though the person reacting to it knows it to be staged.
There just hasn't been much lately that has made me react this way to not only the WWE product, but wrestling from any promotion in general. But that changed some on Monday during Raw.
When Triple H challenged Taker to a Hell in a Cell match at Mania, I honestly, marked out a little bit. Marked out not only at the chance to see these two warriors battle inside tons of steel, but at the way the segment was built up so nicely and showed how to properly build to a gimmick match in general.
This, along with seeing people's reactions to others things going on in the WWE Universe made me ponder the better days of my wrestling fandom.
So it leads me to ask you, the reader, what is your biggest mark-out moment in wrestling history? What is the one thing you look back on in wrestling that made you feel the most like a fan? The most like a mark? What is the quintessential moment that you would keep if you had to throw all the others away?
Briefly for me, I think it is when Warrior beat Hogan at WrestleMania 6. As a child, I grew up the biggest Ultimate Warrior fan. I remember him debuting to challenge Hercules in a test of strength, via a tug of war with Hercules' neck chain.
I even remember crying when he lost the IC title to "Ravishing" Rick Rude (due to interference from Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) at Mania 5. I went on the journey with Warrior as a fan, so I was in his corner against Hogan.
Hogan though, was the man in WWE at the time. He held the belt for years. And even though I was child and didn't know the ins and outs of the business, I understood that Hogan was the man and that he never lost.
But with the great way the match was built up, making Warrior actually seem like a threat, I really thought he had a chance to win. And after an epic match (to a little kid anyway) he did, and I needless to say, marked out!
So what are yours? I look forward to hearing avid wrestling fans share their favorite mark-out moments.