My Great Grandfather. He was a true mark for the industry and followed every promotion that would come to the state of Texas. I have quite a large family so all of the men would gather around after family meals and watch/re-watch wrestling tapes he had acquired. The man was so passionate for the business that he threw his shoe at a heel during one of the events hosted in our area. He walked out proud, knowing he hit that low life directly in the back. His passion transitioned to all the males in my family and we all still follow the product due to his influence. It's a great way for us to pay homage to such a stand up, respectable man that he was.
With this passion, I have watched through 2 decades, soon to be 3 when I hit 30 as I might not remember, but I still was present for these wrestling viewings when I was an infant. The thing that kept me hooked is the amazing athleticism of these performers. Be it the Lucha Libre performers, the fluidity of an guy like AJ Styles or Austin Aries, or the abilities to seemingly look super human at times (Kofi with the height he gets, Ziggler looking like he's made of rubber, Cesaro's feats of strength), I have always respected and admired these athletes who can do things that I can't. I get a kick when people say it's fake because I don't see how falling 6 feet to a mat flat on your back doesn't cause some form of pain.