Wrestlemania used to be a very popular TV show in Nigeria some years back.
Every weekend, Nigerians would gather around their TV sets to watch Hulk Horgan, The Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Gold Dust, Big Daddy, André the Giant, the Undertaker to mention a few do their thing. We were held spellbound by the strength and tactics of those wrestlers.
I remember how we would sigh in disappointment if a particular fight was not properly ended before the end of the week’s episode. Children would abandon whatever chores or assignment they were supposed to attend just to catch a glimpse of the men we thought were larger than life.
That is not the case these days.
The death of Wrestlemania in Nigeria can be blamed squarely on the advent of cable TV. Nigerians were presented with more entertainment options and Wrestlemania began to die a gradual death. Today, it has taken the back seat of entertainment in Nigeria.