by Onan Coca
Growing up as a child of the 80’s (the 1980’s that is) watching professional wrestling was a favorite pastime. The icons of the sport were men like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Randy “the Macho Man” Savage and Sting. These were my “heroes” as a child, and I watched them with awe. One of my favorite childhood memories is of my father taking me to see an independent wrestling league in the small town I grew up in.
At the height of its popularity the World Wrestling Federation (WWF – now WWE) introduced us to a mythical hero who called himself “the Ultimate Warrior.” He was a man of few words, but he epitomized the high energy passion of the WWF.
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