Yesterday on Facebook I asked everybody if they could remember what they were doing the day of Monday August 31, 1987 in a status update. Of course it was yesterdays date in 1987 and there was no specific reason to that specific date. For me it was an experiment to see who can actually remember what they've done on a specific day where they've worked years and in some cases DECADES ago day in and day out.
The question was inspired by something I saw on a review of Ric Flair's interview with Steve Austin on Steve's podcast. I saw certain people who took Flair to task on certain events he talked about in his career for being factually incorrect. Even the point that Flair legit thought Andre the Giants name was Jean Ferre which was one of Andre's early worker names. Things like that could be simply explained away. Especially since in the secretive days of the biz it was totally possible for the workers to not know each other’s real name since most wrestlers even to THIS day refer to each other by their work name. One of the funniest memories from ECW was when Jack Victory gave Paul E. his real name to get paid and the look on Paul's face because he thought Jack Victory was Jack's REAL name. And do you all know what Jack Victory's real name is that he gave Paul E?.....PFFT….I don't remember. Why? Because it wasn't important enough for me to remember SIXTEEN YEARS later.
So my point is this. Just because Ric Flair or ANY wrestler wasn't able to be factually correct and able to remember a specific thing/date/tour they did on a specific date doing their job decades ago. How does that make one a liar? How does that make one a liar and just not someone who was too busy living his OWN life to memorize EVERY detail of their life/career? I mean it's easy for my generation through today’s generation to remember details of a wrestler’s life/career because we had the benefit of the VCR (or DVR and YouTube in today's age), magazines and the newsletters to remember something in greater detail what someone who ACTUALLY lived it might not considered that important to remember. That's if they considered it all because who knew in 1987 that they would be called in to question by a fan on a message board for not remembering what they did or where they were in the 80's decades later in 2013.
I mean it may be easier for those who have a job for the same company, at the same address, at the same time, 5 days a week to remember certain aspects of their job in a time long, long ago. But now try remembering every aspect of your job/life for the same company BUUUT in a different city, in a different state and in the case of being NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT champion, a different country, 365 days a year, 7 days a week and twice on Sunday at the speed of ludicrous. I can't find 2 people who agree on a car crash they saw 5 minutes ago yet you want a guy who had a 40 year career like Ric Flair to remember every minute detail? I have had people show me matches I have had I had NO IDEA I had. Does that make ME a liar? Rainman please!
Back to the question I asked yesterday. Not surprisingly most of the people who answered my question yesterday couldn't remember specific details of what they did at their job on August, 31 1987. Does that make THEM a liar? Does that make THEM a carny? Or does that just make them human beings. Maybe the fact IS that wrestlers or ANY person in entertainment simply can't remember every detail in their life/career the way their fans do. When you've done what the people in the wrestling business have done before us it's easy for me to see where they may have MISremembered something. Some of those people who called those wrestlers into question could use a lesson in forgive............and forget.