Everyone has a wrestling story. Recently, Sulayman had published an article on his story and how he came to be a fan.
Some have watched it ever since they were a child. Others found it later on in their lives.
But, once you start, you can never stop. You develop a passion for it as you keep coming back for more. That's exactly what happened to me.
It started with Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth, the videogame. My cousin had that game and he played it with me. I was a little kid, but I don't remember exactly how old I was.
Every time I was at his house, I would play it. That's how I was a WWE fan without actually watching the product.
Even in video games, Shawn Michaels was awesome. I loved him simply because he had a really good entrance, entrance theme and he had a good appearance with his nWo attire.
I also liked how he could kick people in the face and use it to eliminate people in the Royal Rumble.
When I finally got my own Playstation 2, I made sure I had that game. Even though I liked HBK, my first favorite was Kane because of his mask. I used him in season mode a lot. But he is no longer my favorite today.
My cousin always had the latest game in the Smackdown vs Raw series. So, everytime I went over to his place, I played them. I saw new people like Goldberg, Batista, and John Cena. I liked Cena the most.
Sometimes, my cousin would show us some wrestling clips. The only one I remember is Royal Rumble 2004. He showed me how Chris Benoit eliminated the Big Show to win the Royal Rumble, which was really cool.
I still didn't know it was all scripted and partly fake. I wanted to think it was real. I remember the day when we started to go to a new video store to rent some movies, and there were wrestling tapes. I always took one home to watch it. I was around 6 or 7 at the time.
I don't remember watching the whole tape, or else I'm sure I would've seen Triple H or The Rock or someone of that sort.
But, I remember watching Billy, Chuck and Rico. I also remember watching Eric Bischoff interview some guys. I knew these guys then because of playing the video games.
A few years later, the day came when I had to move. I was living in Dubai, and I was moving to New York. I don't remember what happened to my game. Either I lost it, or I gave it to someone else.
I didn't have wrestling in my life for what seemed like a really long time. I didn't really think about it much because I hadn't developed a passion for it yet.
One day, I went to a friend's house who I had not seen for a really long time. Since he had an Xbox, he gave me one of the Smackdown vs Raw games for PS2. I was pretty excited that I got.
When I went home, I put it in and played it. It was the only thing I played on my Playstation.
One day while surfing through the channels, I stumbled upon Friday Night Smackdown. I didn't know what was going on, but I knew most of the wrestlers through the games.
My brother then searched YouTube for wrestling clips. I was glad that I finally got to see the wrestlers in real life. I saw some John Cena funny clips, and it made me a fan. I don't like him as much now, but I don't hate him either.
But, the thing that really made me want to watch WWE, was when my brother showed me a clip of Shawn Michaels returning to the WWE. That made me a Shawn Michaels fan for life. Ever since then, I watched it every week on YouTube.
Today, I'm one of the biggest WWE fans you'll ever meet. I don't watch TNA or any other wrestling promotion, but I do read what's going on in TNA every once in a while.
Right now, I feel like I'm missing a part of me. I'm just waiting for HBK and the Undertaker to return soon. Then I'll be complete.
My dad doesn't like it that I watch it. He thinks it'll ruin my future.
But, I love getting lost in the wrestling world, such as coming to B/R and discussing it. It distracts me from all the troubles of the world. It keeps me happy every day. I hope that didn't sound too corny for you.