Being at WrestleMania: 20 Years Later

Korbid ThompsonContributor IApril 2, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 18:  The World Wrestling Entertainment logo hangs on a wall at a media conference announcing the all-star lineup of WWE WrestleMania XIX at ESPN Zone in Times Square March 18, 2003 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

It doesn't seem like 20 years ago, but when time flies, it doesn't mess around.

There I was, on a cloudy day in Atlantic City, after scraping enough money up for two tickets to my only WrestleMania event, to this very day. After all, this very day was 20 years ago on April 2, 1989.

Sure, I watched the first WrestleMania on closed circuit television in Elizabeth, NJ, but that's not the same. While I was happy to be there at the start of the pay-per-view era, being there live on the boardwalk in AC gave it a new meaning for me at age 17. Sure, they were nose bleed seats.

When you saw the ring and the wrestlers, you might as well have been looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. It was just something about being there. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing.

Being there with near 20,000 people, while Hulk Hogan defeated "Macho Man" Randy Savage for the WWF Championship is a clear enough picture to last 20 years, even from where I was sitting.

To see legends such as Andre the Giant, a young Shawn Michaels, Ted DiBiase(the senior one), the Ultimate Warrior, and a lot more gives you more than what a camera can capture.

Being there 20 years ago makes one appreciate what it was like then. Being a teenager is an entirely different subject for another day. However, being a teenage wrestling fan at WrestleMania—that was a memory of a lifetime.

I wonder what I would give to sit in the nose bleed seats again at Trump Plaza at age 17.