I remember well when I was a youth in Roanoke, Virginia in the 1950's and 60's, going to watch wrestling. My dad would take us to watch Haystack Calhoun. He was one of the original farm boys and one of the most beloved big men in the history of professional wrestling. His immense popularity helped to carry several regions during his time. The men looked like regular men who were trying to wrestle each other. I really enjoyed wrestling, and my brother and I would try to copy what we saw. It’s almost comical now to look back at those days of wrestling. Haystack Calhoun was my very favorite wrestler
I went to Seminary in Arlington, Texas in the late 60's and loved watching Fritz Von Erich and his sons. (The story of the Von Erich’s was unfortunate tragedy.). While I was a dedicated. student of the Bible, truly I was, I still had this enjoyment of watching wrestling. I took all kinds of abuse for liking watching wrestling..
Even in the 1980's when we were in Altoona, Kansas, my son Eric and I would go to Coffeyville, Kansas to watch wrestling. We saw Rick Flair wrestle.. They still looked like regular men. They were just wrestling each other in the manner that I wrestled in high school. I loved seeing Rick Flair and Harley Race. We drove to Wichita, Kansas, to watch Rick Flair and Sting, and Junkyard Dog.
Something happened in the 1990's. The wrestlers were getting bigger in body build. They began to take on the look of bodybuilders, like Arnold Schwarzenegger. And wrestling took on another look and another form of entertainment and we moved away from wrestling.
Arnold Schwarzenegger came to America in 1968 at 21. In 1970 and won the competition making him the youngest Mr. Olympia in history at just 23 years of age, a record he still holds to this day.
He has admitted to using performance-enhancing anabolic steroids while they were legal, writing in 1977 that "steroids were helpful to me in maintaining muscle size while on a strict diet in preparation for a contest. I did not use them for muscle growth, but rather for muscle maintenance when cutting up." Schwarzenegger has called the drugs "tissue building." It has been alleged that Schwarzenegger won his first of seven Mr. Olympia titles in 1970 using just three Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) per day.
THE STORY OF STEROID USE IN SPORT
The story of steroid use in sports began just before the World Weightlifting Championships of 1954. The Soviets had made their Olympic debut in Helsinki in 1952, and made quite an impact, but nothing compared to the show they put on in 1954. That year, the Soviets easily dominated most of the weight classes. As the story goes, John Ziegler (team physician for the United States) questioned the Soviet team ´s doctor after the medals were given out, and the Soviet doctor said that his team had been receiving testosterone injections. That, in all probability, was the first time anyone had ever used anabolic steroids to enhance performance in an athletic event. According to some unconfirmed sources, testosterone preparations were used by Germany’s Olympic team in 1936 for the Berlin Olympics. At that time, there were rumors that an Olympic medal winner had previously used oral Testosterone preparations, but the benefit to be had from them (due to the technology at the time regarding oral testosterone) would have been minor. In the case of the Soviets, however, rumors of discarded syringes in their dressing rooms made it clear that they were not using oral steroids, they were using something different. And everyone wanted to know what it was.