|Kickin' it old school in 1996...|
I feel like lately Chad and I have done a lot of complaining about the WWE and TNA. I've noticed readership is down a bit too. I'm wondering if there's a correlation. Maybe there is, maybe readers finally figured out we suck. (that's a joke) So I'm going to focus on something positive today.
Some of you may already know from previous posts, but in case you don't know, I've been watching wrestling for almost 30 years. I started in 1983 with Wrestling at the Chase (St. Louis) and World Class Championship Wrestling. Soon I added WWF Superstars, Tuesday Night Titans, and Georgia Championship Wrestling to my palette. There was also the NWA and Central States Wrestling thrown into the mix as well as the AWA running on ESPN. It was great.
Wrestling was all PG rated back then, and that was okay. I still don't have a problem with the WWE taking it back into that direction today. It doesn't take away from the product. It doesn't insult my intelligence. In fact, I want my son to grow up and enjoy wrestling too.
The cartoon featured a gang of babyfaces lead by Hogan. Besides he and JYD, there was Andre the Giant, Superfly Snuka, and Wendi Ritcher among others. Rowdy Roddy Piper lead the heels like Iron Sheik, Big John Studd, and the Fabulous Moolah. Each week the superstars would find themselves in unusual situations like Hogan and Nikola Volkoff going into outer space and having to coexist. It was good, mindless entertainment. Of course I was a tween at the time and didn't know any better.
With the talk of a WWE cable channel, it would be interesting to see if they'd ever bring back this concept. It would be hard to do it as a baby face vs. heel show though because there are so many guys who flip flop. But it could be fun.
So I was stoked when LJN released this figures. I felt a rush every time we'd go to the store and find a new figure or when a new lineup would be introduced. Remember, back then there was no internet, we had no knowledge of when new toys would be released or what they'd look like.
I collected the LJNs until I was about 16 years old. The last two I bought, Slick and Ted DiBiase, I found while we were on vacation in Canada. I loved those figures, and as you can see by the picture, I still have them today.
Then in the 90's another line of bars was released. Lex Luger, Bret Hart, and Yokozuna were among the superstars featured. Then in the early 2000's, Chris Jericho, the Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin adorned the frozen treats. I don't remember those at all.
I wouldn't mind seeing the E try something like this again either. Heck, they could even do a breakfast cereal based on John Cena, right?
This has been a fun little walk down memory lane. Good times. And hopefully not too negative. Remember to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@my123cents) and subscribe to the My 1-2-3 Cents YouTube channel. Our main website is simply My 1-2-3 Cents. Thanks for reading.