The Transition To The Steroid Era — World Champion Superstar Billy Graham
“The big cat,” Ernie Ladd; “Handsome” Harley Race! I forgot about how much as a child I tried to come up with an attitude like Ernie Ladd. Thanks to YouTube, I came to understand just how amazing Harley Race was, though I didn’t like him just as much as a kid growing up (I see him as being what a man is supposed to be; a man’s guy!) . I see him as being a real tough guy who wanted to get into wrestling just to prove how hard he was (is not that what it is supposed to be around?) . Today, I see the majority of the wrestlers needing a six-pack, and afraid to say what’s really on their mind. It’s so corporate, it’s pathetic! An example, is Harley Race, an old-school wrestler from the territories, facing the”new steroid style” of wrestler that started becoming mainstream in the 80’s. The wrestler he confronted in the movie is Superstar Billy Graham. From the interview, Superstar Graham confronts Harley Race out of nowhere, whilst Race is giving an interview. Superstar proceeds to start flashing his enormous steroid induced arms. I really like it when Rush says to him”I don’t require that pumped up bologna, I’m a real guy,” and said it rather calmly. Superstar waived his hands and walked away in conversation without saying a word.
That is exactly what I am talking about. Wrestlers of the late 60’s and 70’s were easily tougher men than you see coming out of the drapes now; large fireworks, and glitzy, neon-colored clothes. Today’s wrestlers are loaded up with coloured tattoos and pumped up, steroid induced physiques. It is enough to want to make me puke! Ernie Ladd gave an interview where he called Chief Jay Strongbow a drunk Indian, and he called Manny Fernandez a”wetback.” He said he would beat all off the black”greezy” Bubba Douglas. Ernie was a great black athlete. He had been 5-time all-pro with the Chargers and Chiefs. Undeniably, he was my favorite wrestler growing up. He was a proven great athlete, and you can tell in his younger games he moved like a great football player would.
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As I said, I do not seem to be alone in this thinking. If you look specifically at YouTube comments, for shows like CWF (Championship Wrestling From Florida), hosted by Gordon Solie, you may see nothing but mostly admirable comments from all individuals, young and old alike. But if you look at wrestling, article 2005 or so, you will notice a good deal of people who say that wrestling today is pathetic. That was another point I wished to create; announcers like Gordon Solie used real wrestling moves in their commentary:”high hip-toss”;”belly-to-belly suplex”;”catch as catch can wrestler”;”lockup – collar and elbow.” Those are just a few of the phrases that lend credibility to the entire wrestling experience. I can remember vividly when I was a child, attending the Tuesday night taping in the old Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. Those were times I will never forget.