WWE WrestleMania 29: Could Bad Weather Actually Enhance the Show?
WWE is taking a risk by having WrestleMania 29 outdoors, in East Rutherford, in April.
While it's easy to imagine how inclement weather could adversely affect WWE's premier event, in some ways a touch of bad weather might actually benefit the show.
A sudden blizzard certainly won't make WWE fans and superstars happy, but a somewhat cold night might give WrestleMania 29 added iconic images and make it even more memorable than it already will be.
How Bad Could It Be?
Were MetLife Stadium in Honolulu or the Cayman Islands, weather wouldn't even enter the discussion. It is, however, in New Jersey which has had warm Aprils and frigid ones as well.
Even though WrestleMania will happen much later in the year than Super Bowl XLV will in 2014, WWE can't be assured that the weather will cooperate that night.
On April 7 of 2012, ProWrestling.net noted the weather in East Rutherford had a high of 60 degrees. The low was 39 degrees, with winds of up to 25 mph moving through the city.
Should WrestleMania 29 look anything like that, it should be fine. It'll be a bit uncomfortable with winds whipping that hard, but it's certainly doable.
Extracting data from Weather.com one sees that April 7 in East Rutherford has been as warm as 78 degrees and as cold as 17 degrees. The former temperature presents no issues. The latter will make WWE officials nervous.
That low though represents the absolute lowest it's ever been on that day. The average low is 37, far more manageable.
Say it does get chilly, WWE can look at the bright side and think of this weather as a novelty and an added layer of excitement.
CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, Brock Lesnar and the gang can suit up in fashionable and warm ring gear.
Fans are so used to seeing our favorite wrestlers shirtless in trunks that seeing them don warmer duds would be kind of cool. Wrestling in parkas would make for stiff movements and lesser quality matches, but if it's just cold enough for some warm-ups to work, the veering from tradition would be fun.
This is also a chance for WWE to sell new product. The company can make warm-weather apparel with The Brahma Bull on the sleeves or with "Yes! Yes! Yes!" stitched into the back.
Imagine how AJ could sexify some cold-weather outfit. There are options aplenty.
The Spectacle of Snowfall
Beyond the forced shift in fashion, slightly bad weather immediately makes WrestleMania 29 stand out. Of all the iconic images created by The Showcase of the Immortals, none have included anything like we would see in New Jersey should it get chilly.
A wet ring would be dangerous. Gusting winds would be annoying. Should the night end with a sprinkling of snowflakes, though, it could make for a gorgeous photo-op that WWE will devour.
Imagine the Rock and John Cena match as it ends. One beaten, exhausted man slides his arm over the other for the pin. The victor then holds the WWE title in the air.
A smattering of white begins to lighten the night sky, falling on both combatants.
The way that confetti rained down on Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero at WrestleMania XX, perhaps the descent of light snow could provide the lasting image and the final touch of a spectacular night.
WWE certainly would prefer a warm sunny day in East Rutherford on April, 7, but a somewhat cold one has its benefits as well.
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