In just 3 months, Wrestlemania XXVII will be emanating from Atlanta, GA on April 4, 2011, and it will be the ten-year anniversary of perhaps the greatest Wrestlemania of all time, Wrestlemania X-Seven! And since the Road to Wrestlemania will start in two days at the Royal Rumble, I have decided to share with you all memories that I cherish to this day.
Wrestlemania has been called the grandest stage of them all, the showcase of the immortals and the Superbowl of professional wrestling. It has earned all of the titles as it has become wrestling's biggest show of the year, where some of the greatest moments and matches are bound to take place. Hogan slamming Andre the Giant, Jeff Hardy's infamous Swanton off a 20ft ladder, Eddie and Benoit celebrating as champions, Stone Cold shockingly selling his soul to the devil, and the tearful farewells of Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels are some of the most memorable moments that Wrestlemania has ever created.
Wrestlemania truly is the greatest stage in pro wrestling and some of them rank among the greatest PPV's of all time. But, if you are one of the fans who have yet to experience a Wrestlemania live, then I ask—no, I beg you—to go buy a ticket to the next Wrestlemania. Why? Because I know the magic that you'll feel personally.
Nearly two years ago, I attended my first Wrestlemania ever at Wrestlemania 25, also billed as the 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania. When I found out that Wrestlemania was being held in Houston, I saw my one chance to see Wrestlemania live. I made sure to buy tickets as fast I could on the first day they were released.
I waited months in huge anticipation as the card was slowly built upon and Wrestlemania 25 turned into arguably one of the best built-up Wrestlemania's ever. I drove for four hours from my home in Dallas to get to Houston, and waited a freakin' long time in line to get into the Reliant Stadium, but in the end I felt it was worth it.
Now, most fans who watched it on a T.V. screen felt Wrestlemania 25 was not a good Wrestlemania, but for me, it was the greatest night of my life.
From beginning to end, I was enthralled and pulled into what I can only describe as the magic of Wrestlemania. There was not a single moment where I was bored or disappointed by the event. From the amazing Money in the Bank ladder match, to Santino...wait, I mean Santina win the Diva Battle Royal and pissing the hell out of me, to Mickey Rourke knocking Chris Jericho out and embarassing him, to the brutal extreme rules match between the Hardys with a twenty foot ladder leg drop and the chair-assisted Twist of Fate, to Rey Mysterio coming out as the Joker and winning the IC Title and making JBL quit in front of us all, to the aboslutely epic match that was HBK vs 'Taker that took my breath away, to John Cena's amazing Cena army entrance, to Cena lifting both Edge and Big Show at the same time and winning his fight for the World Title, to the deeply personal battle between HHH and Orton where HHH got his revenge, I absolutely loved Wrestlemania 25!
I have only been to 4 WWE live events, including this one, and Wrestlemania 25 easily blows them all out of the water. When you're watching a Wrestlemania on PPV, it can seem like just another PPV, but when you see this amazing extravanganza live and in person, you are given the experience of a lifetime. No matter what, Wrestlemania 25 will always be my favorite Wrestlemania along with Wrestlemania 22. Not the best...but without a doubt my favorite.
Seeing Wrestlemania live is a gift and journey in itself, and I am glad to have had that experience as a wrestling fan.
For those that are attending Wrestlemania XXVII this year, I hope you all have the time of your lives like I did two years ago, and prepare for the magic known as only as...Wrestlemania!!