I was born in 1987, in Mexico. My first recollection of wrestling was watching EMLL on Saturday nights at my grandparents house who lived next door; the whole early 90s crew of Cien Caras, Konnan, Perro Aguayo, Los Infernales, Rayo, Los Intocables, Atlantis, Emilo Charles, Norman Smiley. I have two older brothers, the oldest was super into Pierroth and the next one really liked Mascara Sagrada; I got really into Vampiro based on his rockstar looks and the beatings he would take. We used to buy lots of really cool lucha magazines around that time. Then along came the Blue Panther-Love Machine feud and it was the hottest thing we've ever seen; Around this time we went to our first show, in the few months after the mask vs. mask match. The show featured an unmasked Art Barr along with Pirata Morgan, Masakre, Norman Smiley and a few fading stars of the time like El Faraon and Supremo mixed with some locals. It was a blast and I bought my first mask, a pink and golden Dos Caras one that I regret not hanging on to to this day, would've made an awesome add to the collection I have today. The subsequent years with the rise of AAA were amazing, Top to bottom everyone was a really hard worker, from the young stars to the main eventers to the crafty opening match veterans. I got really into Psicosis around this time, he was just a pinball bumping from bell to bell. Los Gringos Locos were a heat machine, I couldn't believe how such a nice guy like Eddy (thats how it was spelled at the time) became such a dick influenced by that damn Love Machine, who we used to cheer for. We used to get UWA on Saturday at noon, but I couldn't wrap my head around the fact it looked "dirty" and "cheap" meaning the lower production values; for some reason I despised Gran Hamada because he seemed so vanilla. On the other hand, the Villanos, Dr Wagner Jr. and Dos Caras made it worth, with the monster heels like The Headhunters, Bam Bam Bigelow and Kokina being just perfect. On the american side of things we used to get All-American Wrestling and Superstars on Sunday mornings. I was really into the character of The Undertaker, my brothers liked The Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers, High Energy and Bret Hart. When Shawn Michaels turned heel he became my new favorite, I went trough saving a few allowances from mowning the lawn to buy his Hasbro figure. As the 90's progressed I sort of drifted away from lucha to just american wrestling; a kid in the neighborhood had one of those illegal cable hook ups, so we spent the mid 90s watching PPV at his house. I was aware of WCW trough the Apter mags, but just started watching PPVs after the nWo thing kicked, around early 97. I remember my brother cried after the Montreal Screwjob, Bret was his favorite and he swore to become a WCW only fan after he saw him write the letters in the air, of course he didn't kept that promise. The rise of Steve Austin and the Monday Night Wars were great, watching every PPV at the neighbours house, marking out for Wrestlemania XIV and then, by November 1998 we stopped getting the USA Network, so that meant no more Raw. The late 90's were a rough time for lucha with cable only time slots and all of them late at night. This is when I started using the internet for wrestling news and stuff, watching a little ECW when avalible. In the early 2000 we got back Raw and Jakked trough a Mexican cable network, concidentially, the Radicalz jumping was the first episode we got. By the time Invasion and the roster split began I was the only one of my brothers and of the kids from the block who kept watching. The internet made me expand my tastes with Puro and Indy around that time. I remember reading a news item on the first ROH show, saying the backers hope it would fill the void ECW left and stuff of that nature. For the next 6-7 years I invested most of my wrestling time in Puro and Indy, digging out the whole 90s in puro and becoming amazed. It's really amazing how ring quiality in WWE has been so constant, I can say, without a doubt, that it is the style I can always get in without getting bored. Times became better for lucha around 2002 with better timeslots and newer stars. The rise of Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero as top players was super fun to watch, to this day they are my favorite tag team. The CMLL roster at the time was so so deep, Hijo Del Santo, L.A. Park, Shocker, Dr. Wagner, Negro Casas, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Black Warrior and the rise of Mistico, Averno and a whole new crew; from that time on I've been religiously following. The Wrestlemania XX ending was great, because I emotionally invested in those guys for the past decade or so; I dind't it was something that could be repeated, and along came Daniel Bryan and Wrestlemania XXX, awesome moment. The Benoit situation was a low point, and it made me drift away from american wrestling for about a year, surely and slowly I got into it again but I just recently, in the last year of so, made myself go trough matches involving him again. Sometimes is like nothing happened but sometimes an expression or something the announcers say about his intensity/agression makes me cringe. In 2011 I watched a WWE live show for the first time, and even if it starts some controersy, I must say that C.M. Punk is the best wrestler I've seen live since Art Barr; everything he did, even at a house show, seemed to be perfectly timed and with the proupopse of engaging the crowd into the match. I watched New Japan go trough the hardest times of the company, and seeing it healthy and being critycally aclaimed makes me feel realy satisified as a fan. I've never felt like I've seen the end of an era as much as I did the night Kenta Kobashi retired, I shed a tear of joy at the end of the match beacuse it made me realize that after being a fan for so long I am really grateful for all the people that have entertained me over the years. As someone mentioned above, besides the four neccesities, the thing that has been a constant in my life is wrestling, and that makes me say that for me wrestling is the most important of the unimportant things. Recently, speaking with my older brother, who now lives across the country we made a mental list of all the people we've seen live: Art Barr, Atlantis, Los Intocables, Los Brazos, Villano III (who signed a suede vintge 80's style mask for me, my personal favorite of the whole collection), Benoit, Jericho, Eddie, Dos Caras, Alberto del Rio, Blue Panther, C.M. Punk, Canek, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Jr., Psicosis, Jack Evans, Hijo Del Santo, Ultimo Dragon, Super Crazy, Tajiri, Dr. Wagner Jr., Mistico, Ultimo Guerrero, Averno, Satanico, El Dandy, Daniel Bryan, Abismo Negro, RVD, amongst others I'd say it has been a pretty good run. Just in closing, I want to say this is and exciting time to be a wrestling fan, after a little over 20 years following it, WWE and Lucha are still my favorites, with Puro and Indy stuff taking a little bit of a backseat to them, but still check them out from time to time. As long as acts like The Shield, Titan, Kazuchika Okada, The Wyatts, etc, keep surfacing this amazingly fun form of entertainment is gonna have a whole lot of healthy years ahead. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read.