|It may be the middle of the college basketball post-season, and both the MTSU men’s and women’s teams are preparing for the brackets to be finalized this weekend, but the month of March also means it is time for the road to Wrestlemania.
By now, you know how much of a professional wrestling fan I am. And yes, I know it’s scripted, but it’s a great stress reliever.
One of the sport’s biggest events, the WWE’s Wrestlemania XXVIII, heads to the Sunshine State on April 1.
The 28th edition of the event will be held at the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium. So, you know it will be one of the most attended wrestling cards of the year.
In the past few years, Wrestlemania has not lived up to its billing as being the biggest show of the year. Honestly, most of them have been really weak.
Back in the late-1990s, when the sport was at its highest popularity, I would order the Pay-per-view and watch it with friends or family.
I remember some of those events as if they had happened yesterday – like when famous boxing champion Mike Tyson appeared at Wrestlemania XIV and was an enforcer for the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin versus Shawn Michaels WWE championship match, or a few years later when Hulk Hogan returned to the organization to face Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In the past few years, the price of ordering the event on pay-per-view has been way too expensive for the lack of quality action.
Of course, there have been some terrific moments like “The Undertaker’s” undefeated streak. His record could reach 20-0 this year, but they’ve been few and far between for a long time.
As far as I’m concerned, Wrestlemania has lacked that “big fight” feel, in which you would pay anything to order it.
So far, this year’s card is shaping up to one of those ‘Manias I have to see.
If you have been living under a rock, the main event is between two current movie stars and soon-to-be WWE Hall of Famers Johnson and the current headliner, John Cena.
Most wrestling fans know that wrestlers might act like they hate each other for storyline purposes and in order to sell tickets and attract viewers.
However, in real life, those same competitors are best friends, or at least are friendly toward each other outside the ring.
Cena and Johnson really do not like each other in or out of the ring.
By watching them cut each other down in promotional spots during the last two “Monday Night Raw” television shows, you can feel the hatred between the two heading into the main event match in Miami, which is also Johnson’s hometown.
I think that “big fight” feel is back.
Another match you should check out this year is “CM Punk,” otherwise known as Phillip Jack Brooks, against Chris Jericho for the WWE title.
“CM Punk” has become the new voice of the fans for his honest portrayal of how the WWE caters to the wrong audience, while Jericho has become a star outside of the ring because of his recent appearance on the popular reality competition “Dancing with the Stars.”
These two are two of my favorites because both are great wrestlers and excellent talkers, and they will put on an instant classic match.
I do not have the space to go through the entire card, but those two matches alone should be enough to get you to purchase the event.
For the first time in a few years, I might consider it.