I am not very familiar with the many leagues, federations, events and what-have-you, and I don't want to plunge in at the deep end. What I mainly want is to occasionally get together with a handful of good, foolish friends (once that's an okay thing to do again, my vaccine's probably not happening for at least another month, maybe two) and enjoy some beers and muscular (dare I say, vascular) theatre.
I'm hoping the lovely GB community can give me some great pointers, for where the good storylines and talent are, how to get at the streams from these distant shores, and in general how to enjoy me some good wrasslin'
Some background, if you're curious about what brought this on:
European here, Norwegian to be specific, so wrestling wasn't a natural part of my cultural awareness, and I've never really followed it, but I have been somewhat aware of it, as an odd part of american culture and weirdly unique form of entertainment from my teenage years onwards. I actually had my first exposure to it in the form of a truly deranged multi-anime/game crossover fanfic styled as an extra-dimensional wrestling tournament. In those wild, lawless early days of the internet, stumbling headfirst into that as barely a teen, with not much awareness of the concept of either fan-fiction or wrestling, probably fucked me up but good. Anyways, had a stint of watching wwe in my student days, back in the late noughties, when I for the first time had access to channels where it was broadcast, and was also living with dumbasses willing to enjoy this unique art form with me.
For near on a decade now though, I've more or less only gotten it second-hand through bombcast complaints about the terrible state of wrestling that they nevertheless watch. However, this evening (this very night), I watched an old Monster Factory episode, and they tried out Shinsuke Nakamura's entrance, and something about that pricked a dormant seed in me, which made it irresistible to find some videos of the real deal, which led down a rabbit-hole and brought back memories and emotions about this peculiar-to-say-the-least pasttime. Which is why I've already got in touch with a buddy from those aforementioned student days who lives in the same city and gotten him hyped up about it too, and am now soliciting here for curation. All in all, it can't be that much weirder to have a wrestling watch-party than the damn eurovision watch-parties we do 'round these longitudes, right?