I can say for sure when I started watching wrestling. I was talking to my friend on a phone and he told me to turn it to channel 18 which was USA, now it must have been right after Shawn Michaels got injured and was out for years, because he was out of the picture. The focus on the show was definitely Stone Cold and his feud with McMahon, im thinking (according to wikipedia) it was immediately after Austin won the title. Now, my only exposure to wrestling before that was WCW vs NWO world tour, flipping through the channels in the 80s, and whatever extra exposure Hogan and Macho Man, and the Hitman got outside the ring. After that day though I had become an instant fan. I still was confused though. I started watching WCW because I wasn't quite aware of the difference between federations. Soon after though I became one of those walking wrestling stat tanks, I knew all the wrestlers their height, weight, etc. Unlike Ian though, i find 98' to early 2000s great to watch. Being a wrestling fan led me to all my current best friends, because wiithout similar interests they wouldnt be my friends at all.
Pretty soon after I was invited to friends pay-per views, we would dress up like wreslters and have backyard fights on mattresses, and we would break tables and hit each other with chairs
fun stuff. I remember dressing up like Scott Steiner, I find it kinda funny because we used to have to paint our faces to have beards.
WWF had better presentation and better announcers and had the Titan-tron. I liked Bobby Heenan, but Tony Shiavone was really the only thing that was wrong with WCW. He seriously dragged them down. You could not be edgy with that guys voice as your announcer. Heâ€™s a good announcer though, but he seems a better fit for some other sport. Even though itâ€™s a contradiction to say having some classiness is bad for wrestling..who doesnâ€™t like Mean Gene Okerland?
WCW had better matches. I always liked watching the Luche-Libre fighters or the Japanese guys fight for the Cruiserweight title. Its weird seing the rookies of the era are the old timers of today. Its like watching Raging Bull
Obvious greats were Austin and the Rock, but I really liked the stable wars over in WCW. The Wolf pack vs now. Hogan was actually phenomenal as a villain. I could go on forever.
Also, the nice thing about where I lived was that WCW and WWF didn't actually compete for a Time Slot, My WCW was an east coast feed, and my WWF was a west coast feed. So instead of being on at the same time, they were on one after the other.