Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The PG Rating vs A Family Friendly Show

I've been meaning to write a blog on this for a while now, but better later than never I guess lol.  On July 21, I attended my first TNA live event.  As to any wrestling fan, this was a great experience for me.  It was a packed live crowd and each match was up to par and very entertaining.  However, there were some major differences during this experience compared to a WWE live event.

First off, I was 10 rows from the ring, and my ticket only cost $40.  Unfortunately, the $75 tickets had sold out during their presale.  For $75, it included seats close to the ring plus a Meet & Greet before the show.  I was disappointed that I wasn't able to get these tickets because as any wrestling fan, it would be a great experience to meet some of my favorite wrestlers.  However, all was not lost.  When I got to the event, they announced that they were selling $50 passes to attend a meet and greet during the intermission.  The pass was for two people.  So for $25, I had the pleasure of meeting Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, RVD, Sting, Dixie Carter and Bully Ray.  During this session, it was crowded, but it was intimate enough that I was able to meet each superstar twice, talk to them briefly and get multiple pictures and autographs.  Everyone was very friendly and down to earth.  After that, we returned to our seats for the main event, which was Austin Aries vs Bobby Roode.  I got to witness my dream match in person, which was also amazing.  After the match, they announced that for $20 (free if you had purchased the $50 package from earlier) you and everyone in your group would be able to enter the ring and get a professional photo with Sting, which they would print for you on the spot.  With this opportunity, I was able to meet Sting once again and experience being in a professional wrestling ring for the first time in my life.  At the end of the night, I left the arena with the biggest smile on my face.  Again, as a huge wrestling fan, this will always be remembered as one of the best nights of my life.

Now, on September 22nd, I will be attending a Raw live event at the Westchester County Center.  I've been to countless events and they have all been entertaining.  For this event, I am sitting in the second row from the ring (I'm such a wrestling seat snob lol.)  I paid $111 for this ticket (damn you ticketmaster fees).  However, for this price, all I will be getting is to see this event.  Since I'm in the front, I may get a few high fives from some wrestlers but nothing more. This, unfortunately, is a normal WWE experience.  Expensive ticket prices and not much for your money.  The only event that I know of where you get to meet and greet WWE wrestlers is at a Wrestlemania or Summerslam Axxess event.  I attended my first WM Axxess event this past year in Miami.  If I remember correctly, it was about $50 for general admission for each session.  They held about two sessions each day from that Thurs-Sun, and only certain wrestlers were booked each day.  So if you were looking to go to more than one session, you see how much it could add up too.  Now, this doesn't even include the special signings they had for certain wrestlers throughout the four days.  Because this was my first Wrestlemania experience, I went all out and bought the special pass that guaranteed me to meet Sheamus at Axxess.  We all know how much I admire him, so I didn't care about the price.  After the ridiculous ticketmaster fees, my ticket to meet him came out to $130.  With this ticket, I was guaranteed to meet him, get an autograph and picture, and entrance to that session of Axxess and meet who ever else was booked for that time.  The event was crowded, the lines for the wrestlers were extremely long, and each wrestler only stayed about an hour or two, so you weren't even guaranteed to meet everyone.  To this day, I'm still upset that while waiting to meet Sheamus, I missed out on meeting Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio, who were there and left while I was on line.  Fortunately, instead, I was able to meet Wade Barrett during this session, who is one of my favorites on the current roster.  I also was able to meet Paul Bearer, who is a legend in his own right.  As a Sheamus fan, I would do it over again 100x if I could.  Otherwise, I do not feel the event was worth the amount I paid.

As a wrestling fan, going to any live event is an amazing experience.  However, the WWE who harps on being a PG rating and a family oriented show, does not make attending their events easy for a family to attend.  The tickets and merchandise are overpriced, you have no real interaction with the superstars unless you are right in the front of an event, and with the few interactive events they host a year, the lines and prices take away from the experience.   For less than half of what I've ever spent at a WWE event, I was able to meet several TNA stars and Dixie Carter herself.  I could never see Vince McMahon doing a meet and greet with fans.  With that being said, if the WWE really wants to become the PG show they claim, they need to some notes from TNA and make their live events more family friendly and give the fans their money's worth.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The match I Want to See at No Way Out

For those who don't know, WWE's No Way Out PPV is this Sunday, June 17th.  The match I'm most looking forward to this Sunday is between Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship.  This match was originally was supposed to be Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio, until Del Rio suffered a concussion in a match against Khali.  I had not planned on attending No Way Out, but once this match was signed, I knew I had to be there.  I literally just bought my tickets yesterday.  This match has the potential of being the best match of the night if the WWE plays this right and does not pull a Sheamus vs Bryan from WM28 (insert angry face here).  Both of these competitors have a lot to prove and need this win.  Personally, I will be happy either way whoever wins this match, as long as the match lives up to the potential I expect it to have.  These two have faced each other a few times the past few weeks on Smackdown and if those matches are any implication to what they will have on Sunday, I know this will be the best match of the night.

Why Sheamus needs to win:
Right now, a large amount of people do not take Sheamus' reign as champion as seriously as they should.  A huge part of this is the WWE's fault for two reasons.  First, they have downplayed both the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship for the past year or so.  Neither champion has been the main event of a PPV since sometime in 2011.  If these belts don't get you into the main event, it seems like nothing will, unless your name is John Cena.  The other reason why Sheamus hasn't been taken serious as a champion is due to how he won it.  We all unfortunately remember that 18 second match at Wrestlemania 28 where he defeated Daniel Bryan off a distraction with a Brogue Kick.  I am a huge Sheamus fan and I wanted him to win the title, however, that was the last way I wanted or expected him to win.  Both wrestlers were screwed at having the chance to shine at the Biggest Wrestling Stage of them all.  Real wrestling fans know that Daniel Bryan is one of the best in the world right now and to see him lose so quickly and stupidly made Sheamus look like a joke.  He was booed for weeks after that match.  Even though they finally had a great match at Extreme Rules the following month, Sheamus is still not respected as champion as he should be.  He has gotten much better as an athlete since his first title reign but all people can remember how he "didn't deserve to win" at Wrestlemania.  I put that in quotes because I do feel he deserved to win the title, but he should've earned it in a full match and not that disaster they had.  With this being said, Sheamus needs this match to help validate his reign as champion.  He has to show not only that he can hang with the best, but that he can beat them on his own and put on a great match of their caliber.

Why Dolph Ziggler needs to win:
For the past year, the WWE has held down Dolph Ziggler.  He has come a long way from being Nicky of the Spirit Squad to being one of the best that the WWE has right now.  But a lot of people do not see that because of how the WWE has...rather has not used him.  I have been saying for months that Ziggler needs and deserves a title run and this is his time to shine.  Even though he was not the first choice for this match, I do believe he is the better choice.  His in-ring work is amazing.  Since he has been held down for so long, he needs this win to put him over and get him the push he needs and deserves.  If he loses on Sunday, he will most likely end up back where he has been stuck for the past few months.  He already has lost twice to Sheamus in recent matches.  If he loses again, the third time will not be a charm and it will turn into a "three strikes you're out" scenario. 

Both of these competitors need this win to help them get over.  Who do I think is going to win?  Personally, especially knowing WWE logic, I feel Sheamus will come out on top.  It's obvious that the World Title is not important to them and they will just keep it on him because it's easy and they don't have to think about it.  No matter who comes out on top on Sunday, all I want is a great match and these two stars to steal the spotlight they both deserve.  May the best man win!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rock vs Cena - The Downfall to Wrestlemania 28

I am probably only one of the few that is not looking forward to The Rock and John Cena fighting at Wrestlemania this year and here's why...

If you did not see Raw last night (2/20 edition), John Cena spoke and delivered on how the Rock is only back to promote his movies, how he has sold out and once Wrestlemania is over, he will be gone once again.  I totally agree with this statement.  It was as if John Cena took the words out of my mouth.  From when this feud started last year due to Cena calling the Rock a sellout, I have always sided with Cena.  The Rock claims he left when he did because at the time he felt there was nothing else to accomplish in the WWE.  With that being said, why is he back now?  I guess he realized there will never be a Tooth Fairy 2....

I always have and will be a fan of the Rock, but I do feel he sold out and is only back to promote his movie career.  I respect what he has done for the WWE over the years and I will say that NO ONE will cut a promo or entertain the crowd the way that man can. He has had some great matches in his career, and I will not forget nor discredit that.  My biggest issue with him coming back is that he will disappear once again after WM28 is over...and not return until WM29.  If he was back for good, as he claimed, then I would fully support him being back.  However, I highly doubt that will be the case. It is unfair that he is able to come and go when he pleases and with one breathe, he is headlining Wrestlemania 28.  What ever happened to earning that position?  In traditional fashion, the main event at Wrestlemania was always the champion vs the winner of the Royal Rumble.  With that being said, the main event this year SHOULD be Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan.  However, since the Rock has a bigger name, these two don't hold a chance at headlining this event.  This is a shame because I'm pretty sure that these two will give a better match than the Rock and Cena will.

Don't get me wrong.  I understand why these two are the main event at Wrestlemania.  I will not deny that these are the two biggest names in recent WWE history and it is a money maker.  People for the last year have been discussing this match and it has brought a lot of attention to the WWE. It also is the match of the Rock passing the torch to Cena as being the biggest name in the WWE.  I get it and understand why the WWE chose it. However, even though these are the two biggest names, they are arguably not the two best wrestlers in the company.  Their fame overshadows their talent.  I do believe both are great talents, just not the best.

Another issue I have with the Rock vs Cena in the main event is that it was announced a year in advance.  Because it was made so long ago, I'm personally tired of hearing about it and can't wait until it's over.  It has lost its interest and appeal. Also, with announcing this match a year in advance, you're stuck with the match.  You can't make the match then take it away without looking like a dick.  Because we are stuck with this match, we are also stuck with Trip vs Taker 3, even if it is a Hell in a Cell match.  Triple H and the Undertaker are two of the best, but we have seen this match twice already.  Third time will not be a charm.  It will be a great match, but this won't be the match of the night.  The streak is not ending and with the chance that this could be Taker's final match, I'd rather see it against someone who looks like they have a chance at ending it.  With that being said, the only two people that would've been believable that they actually had a chance to end the streak....John Cena and the Rock, edge given to the Rock.  I mentioned before that the Rock left because he felt there was nothing else to accomplish in the WWE.  No one has broken the streak and with that, it would have made more sense as why the Rock would want to come back.  And if it wasn't the Rock, then Cena is the only other person that is believable to have a chance at ending the streak, since he is "Super-Cena" and can't lose...ever.....But guess what?  We won't have either of these matches this year because we are stuck with the Rock and Cena.

So who should/will be the real main event at Wrestlemania this year?  CM Punk vs Chris Jericho.  Why?  Because these are the two best wrestlers in the WWE currently.  Every match they put on is noteworthy, no matter their opponent.  It takes true talent to have a good match with any opponent, even if the opponent sucks, and both of these men are masters at that.  The only other person in recent history who can claim that is Shawn Michaels (Damn I miss that man lol).  We all have been looking forward to this match since it's first speculation a few months ago, but once again, it will not get the attention and hype it deserves due to them not having the bigger name.

With 40 days to go, we'll see if I'm proven wrong and the Rock and John Cena will give the main event match that the fans truly deserve....but with all of the over-hype, I highly doubt it.