Blast from the Past: WWF Wrestlers in Kuwait

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buy Lyrical dance costumes online bftpwwwfctk-002-1In my childhood our Friday night ritual was always to have dinner, turn on KTV2 to watch the WWF wrestling, then go to bed. I’ve been a big fan of wrestling back then until the day I discovered that all these wrestling matches were arranged and the entire thing was just one big show. Before that happened, in 1996, I opened the newspaper one morning to find the ad above.

I remember blinking a few times in disbelief, then when reality sunk in I started jumping up and down in ecstasy and then stomping my feet demanding that I buy tickets to go. One the day finally came, I was over the moon with happiness! It was 9 May 1996 and I have a picture of me that day dressed up to go watch wrestling, behind the picture I’ve written “One of the happiest days of my life”.

I did go, I took a bunch of kids -siblings, cousins- with me and we all sat in the third or fourth row, stood on our chairs and cheered as our favourite wrestlers came on the ring to “fight” or mock fight. My favorites were Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and Pret the hit man Hart. Later when we were done I got myself a Pret Hart T-Shirt, A Pret Hart key chain, and an Undertakers or Shawn Michaels T-Shirt that I gave to one of my friends  in high school whose parents wouldn’t let her go.

Looking through my old boxes, I found the newspaper Ad cut up and folded neatly with my treasured papers. I also found my Pret Hart key chain which I used to hold the key to my locker in High School.



I think the key chain is now 17 years old! Woah! I remember how surreal it was to be watching the wrestlers from WWF being interviewed on KTV1. If I am not mistaken one of the wrestlers actually attacked the morning show presenter. I will try and look up that video on youtube and see.

I wonder which of these wrestlers still wrestle 17 years later. Do you remember when the wrestlers came to Kuwait? Did you go?

12 Responses to “Blast from the Past: WWF Wrestlers in Kuwait”

  1. B says:

    Oh my i just remember that day so well, everyone in Kuwait was so obsessed with the WWF back then, it was like a dream and nobody actually believed they are coming until the day they arrived and Vader hit that Representative on tv show i forgot his name . Good old days 😀

    • danderma says:

      I think the show was good morning Kuwait and if I’m not mistaken it was Bassam Al-Othman but I’m not sure!

  2. smee says:

    I remember! They came to my school I was in either 1st or 2nd grade and I met Yokozuna!

  3. Hasan alshameri says:

    hhhhh yeah i remember that morning, when bassam asked vader if the wrestling is real or just like movies, then vader got angry and hit him in his face and asked him : now is that real ?? lol XD

    i was having breakfast with my dad and we watched that XD

    • danderma says:

      Eeh I remember now! Right! I think Bassam sued Vader! I wonder what happened afterwards?

  4. I still have very good camera shots of that event!! we paid 10 KDs to get premium seats! a glass wall seperated me from Steven Austin!!

    • danderma says:

      Glass wall! How lucky! We were in the third row and all the seats were on one level and so uncomfortable and everyone was standing on theirs so we stood on mine too. I have shots but the camera wasn’t very good :(

  5. The Upstairs Blogger says:

    Those were the days when all you had by way of Western entertainment was KTV-2 and if you were lucky and the reception caught on, Dubai Channel 33 and Channel 55 from Bahrein. Still remember all those Friday shows on KTV the likes of Mr. West, Omar Al Mukhtar, Big League Soccer, the Paper Chase, Falcon Crest and the Take 2 magazine show by Keith and Sarah Welles. Back then, there was limited choice but life was uncomplicated and watching state sponsored television considered desirable without any commercial breaks, which we now all of us take for granted. Even the ads back then exuded more class and elegance: the Christoffle ad, Joy by Jean Patou or simply, the Kiri and Chai Wazzan ads.

    I especially miss KTV anchors; Ms. Basma Rayees and Talal Yacout who were right up there with the Natalie Magnaldies and Omar Buttis of Dubai One TV.
    As for wrestling we were never really huge fans. Had trouble understanding how come people could stand watching this vile and gory sport after having performed Friday prayers that same afternoon. I suppose it takes all kinds to make this world a lively and interesting place.

    • danderma says:

      Life was very different back then. Simpler, with less choices albeit we were happy. Is it a happier time because we were children then and life was uncomplicated or is it a generally better time? That’s something to ponder…

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