Offbeat: Wrestling-Mania

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)--One might say Stan Morris is truly a heavyweight champion among wrestling fans.

"Ever since I was a little boy, I've loved wrestling," said Morris.  "Really I never had the desire to watch another sport like I enjoy watching wrestling."  That desire has sent Stan on a quest the last 20 years to collect anything and all things wrestling, including some pretty expensive title belts, each of which cost around $300. But Stan's love of the madness on the mat was not shared by his father.

"My dad raced cars and he didn't like it," said Morris.  "Before he died, did come to a place and time that he respected that I liked it.  It's just something that's always been it for me." In fact, it was it enough to spend more than $8,000 on ring side seats for Wrestlemania 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"After the auction was over I was locked in to $8,200 for front row tickets," said Morris. "I know I could have bought a car or something, but the one thing for the rest of my life I'll have the memory and it was worth it. The memory was worth it."

It's a memory Stan and his cousin Garry can watch over and over again, thanks to a DVD of the big event.  The DVD is one of dozens of wrestling events in his collection, plus video games, and a shelf full of wrestling books.  But Stan says his prize possession once belonged to his favorite ring warrior, Hulk Hogan, that he paid $400 dollars for.  Some might regret the time and money spent over the last 20 years, but not the Stanster.

"To me I look at it like the good feelings you hold inside of you," said Stan.  "To me, I don't regret it, I can't.  I don't think there will ever come a time when I don't watch wrestling."

Stan says his father even once offered to put $100,000 in a trust account until he was 25 years old, if he could stop watching wrestling until then.  Stan turned down the request.