Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easy Like Sunday Morning

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I've had a bit of writer's block for the last couple of days, but this morning as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, a friend of mine asked the question "What's a favorite Sunday memory you have growing up?"  For me the answer was easy, watching wrestling.

It wasn't just that I was watching wrestling.  It was about who I was watching it with.  Long before I became obsessed, my dad, brother, and uncle watched every week and would go to live events when the NWA would come to St. Louis.

World Class Championship Wrestling
Photo courtesy: WWE
Soon, I'd start watching too.  This was the mid-1980's, so we had several different wrestling programs that aired on the independent station in town, KPLR Channel 11.  I believe they showed both Wrestling at the Chase and WWF Superstars.  Over on one of the other stations, we'd watch World Class Championship Wrestling.  It was hours and hours of wrestling fun.  From the Von Erichs and Freebirds beating the crap out of each other to Roddy Piper cutting down a popular babyface in Piper's Pit, we always had a good time.

Wrestling at the Chase
We'd often go to church before wrestling would start, and I remember counting down at the end of the service so we could make it home in time to catch the action.  Some weeks we'd get out late and miss the start of the show.  At one point, I remember WCCW started airing on Saturday nights too, so I'd watch that along with Central States Wrestling and just focus on WWF on Sunday mornings.  My mom always made a big breakfast and we'd eat with the TV on, watching our favorites do their thing in the ring.

Those days are long gone.  I miss the variety of wrestling programs with different characters and storylines.  But more importantly I miss that time that I spent with my dad, brother, and now dearly departed uncle.  Those memories will stay with me forever though, and for that I'm grateful. 

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