Back when I was in high school, my friends and I became fascinated with wrestling and the theatrics of it all. In particular, I was impressed with how these mere men could perform such risky moves and come away unscathed, and how they could captivate thousands upon thousands with simple words.
With very limited access to this world, I was left to get my results from the Internet and the early morning highlight shows on weekend television. I even remember Michael Cole as a fresh faced presenter, so imagine my surprise when I saw how far he’d come.
In school, wrestling would be the main topic of conversation and my friends even formed our own wrestling group, although we would use current wrestlers rather than make up our own. One memory I have in particular is pretending to be Gangrel; I spat my water out like him and was reprimanded by a teacher for doing so.
As I got older, I was able to pay for the channels that showed Raw and Smackdown, and I even got to watch a few pay-per-views.
With my lack of decent recording equipment, I either had to stay up until 5 a.m. or miss the PPVs. It was a hard choice, and usually missing out was the better option.
With WrestleMania available only on Sky Box Office, I always missed out on the biggest event of the year.
Then came my gap of at least five years where I did not watch wrestling at all. I would still buy the video-games, so was pretty clued in on who was who at the time.
Fast forward to August of 2010, a spark ignited inside me and I suddenly had the desire to watch World Wrestling Entertainment once again.
I made it happen and have watched every show and monthly event since.
Now we come to WrestleMania, the biggest show of them all. It’s the event where the best matches happen, stars are born, while others fade.
We all know the matches being offered, and while some present a lot of promise, there are others that don’t present much at all.
Having read about and seen clips of his five-star matches with Shawn Michaels, we see Undertaker defending his streak against Triple H. With both superstars not having wrestled in a long time, this match has the potential to be a dud. Hopefully, it will produce another five-star spectacular and if it's the last match, end the night with a bang.
We also have the opportunity to see whether or not The Miz will be a main player in the company for years to come, unless creative decides to keep Cena as a Superman.
Miz isn’t the only young superstar able to prove himself on the main stage this year either.
We have Wade Barrett hopefully leading The Corre to victory and showing everyone that he has the skill to push for the title. We have John Morrison, very much the third wheel, trying to distract us with his high flying parkour skill against another possible future main eventer, Dolph Ziggler.
With many superstars very possibly heading to retirement, these guys need to take advantage of the opportunity.
These superstars are being groomed for the future and actually show a lot of promise, so seems like I may have gotten my spark back at the right moment.
I’m excited, I really am. With all the great things I hear about WrestleMania, I’m hoping I don’t end up disappointed with it all.
If I do end up disappointed, I will probably still watch future ones, but with less enthusiasm and awe.
If I can get my son into wrestling as well, then we have something to watch together for many years to come.
So please be good and don’t let all these years I took off go to waste.
And maybe, just maybe, I can look back to April 3rd 2011 and say, “That was the night I saw stars being born and dreams being achieved.”
Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I hope to enjoy Sunday night.