It is sometimes easy to forget that wrestling has a history. Many view it simply as a fake soap opera with no real substance. And yet like many other sports, it does have a heritage, a tradition and a past.
Fans who have watched for years grow up with respective superstars; they watch them debut, develop, grow and eventually retire.
There are some, however, who do not get to retire, and we have experienced the grief of losing superstars, many of whom died before their time. Accidents, drug overdoses, heart attacks and murders...wrestling has had more than its fair share.
But there are also moments of history that are great sporting achievements. Snapshots of pure athleticism, of pure guts and glory, sheer brilliance. The nature of wrestling gives the fans an entertainment value on par with any sport.
And because of this, it has a history to be proud of. There are moments of course of great controversy and this can tarnish the tradition and spirit of wrestling itself.
This slideshow presentation does not seek to paper over the cracks as it were. It recognizes that there are many incidents where wrestling has not addressed its accusations of being a steroid-driven carnival act. We all can name particular examples of such infamous moments, but that can be for another article.
This article simply focuses on the great history of wrestling, as seen through one fan's eyes.