Weekend Plans Post: WrestleMania Weekend
WrestleMania is pretty much my Superbowl.
I watch the Superbowl every year (or watch Google’s live updates of the play-by-play, anyway) and watch it with people who are big Bronco fans (defined as “they watch several Broncos games a year and whether the Broncos win or lose has an effect upon their mood for, like, a day or so”). I am not someone who is a big fan of football. I played Fantasy Football with the fine folks here for three seasons and did pretty well, all things considered, and learned a lot about the game (compared to knowing diddly squat) and so, now, I am capable of having football discussions with my Superbowl buddies.
“Rush 4, Drop 7.”
“These referees are awful.”
“They should do the Statue of Liberty play.”
WrestleMania is different. I know what has happened all year, I know who the big players are, I know who the small players are, and I know WHY I am cheering for this guy and booing that one. (I mean, seriously, most years the Superbowl is the Green Team vs. Purple Team. If you don’t have a regional connection to one of the teams or a regional reason to hate the other, who do you root for? “I just watch for the commercials”, I guess.)
Well, at WrestleMania, we’ve got Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston. Kofi Kingston showed up in the WWE 11 years ago, busts his butt in all of his matches, is funny as heck when he cuts a promo (gives a speech), and always manages to pull off an amazing move during the Royal Rumble that is always one of the highlights of the show. Daniel Bryan cheats occasionally, berates the audience for being insufficiently virtuous, and claims to be vegan. He even changed the championship belt from being made out of leather, metal, and gemstones to being made out of hemp, wood, and turquoise.
I am looking forward to cheering Kofi on even though the eco-friendly title belt IS kinda funny. (Someone pointed out that if he had to put up with the John Cena spinny belt for 5 years, we could put up with a hemp one for a year or two.)
Now, much like the Superbowl, WrestleMania usually isn’t the best PPV of the year (I normally think that that is the Royal Rumble) and it doesn’t always have the best match of the year (the best match always sneaks up on you and it’s a pleasure when it shows up in one of the less BIG PPVs) but it’s always the biggest spectacle of the year. Special guest stars to sing The National Anthem, entrances that have you drop your jaw and question whether the ‘E’ in WWE stands for entrances, and a big finish that is very likely to send you home happy.
So we always get wings from Wingstop and have a feast and yell at the television and sink back into our chairs happily at the end of the night and, yeah, I requested Monday off all the way back in January.
And I can’t wait.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Featured image is one of the official WrestleMania 35 promotional images from the WWE itself.)