A medium designed to hook its audience with the same veracity as that first cigarette, wrestling operates around the idea that a fan found young is a fan kept for life. Broad brush strokes make for often-beautiful art, but companies are just as content to throw a million differing bright colours at the canvas if the eye-catching outcome embeds itself deep enough.
The first day of a wrestling addiction is the first moment of realisation that you are an outsider. It's a curious but captivating relationship to engage in, but naturally creates a thirst to know more. In keeping with what they do in front of the camera, wrestlers have traditionally worked hard to protect the behind-the-scenes secrets too. The wiring is often faulty though - contradictory shoot interviews tell stories ten different ways. None less entertaining than another, but finding the truth amongst the subtext and sleaze can be as hard as it is humorous.
In his must-read "Mad Lies Of Hulk Hogan" essay, writer Stuart Millard refers to 'The Hulkster' as "the orange Walter Mitty" for the chaotic recountings of a life so well-lived he lost sight of what actually happened in it. Mad f*cker Kevin "Nailz" Wacholz said he "hated Vince McMahon's guts" during the 1994 steroid trial, completely burying himself as a useful component for the prosecution in the process.
Star wrestlers, as it turned out, we're not star witnesses. If only the internet's historical preservation in recent years had Hogan's questionable "memory"...
Square eyes on a square head, trained almost exclusively to Pro Wrestling, Sunderland AFC & Paul Rudd films. Responsible for 'Shocking Plans You Won't Believe Actually Happened', some of the words in our amazing Wrestling bookazines (both available at shop.whatculture.com), and probably every website list you read that praised Kevin Nash.