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#1 Posted on 1.10.03 0028.21
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Having been a wrestling fan for years, i have attended many live events. I just recently purchased tickets for a Raw brand house show coming to Providence, after buying the tickets I realized I have only been to televised events and never to a house show. My question is, how do house shows differ from televised shows? Is the staging different, is there less pyro, any long promos, etc. Could anyone please share their experiences?
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#2 Posted on 1.10.03 0105.37
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From my limited house show experience, I can say this much.. there's no pyro, at least at most of them. From reports I've read, there's occasionally long promo segments as on TV (like when Vince McMahon and Zach Gowen were on tour), but usually it's mostly matches. The matches go longer than they do on TV, and usually aren't as 'spotty'. There's usually extra interaction with the crowd, be it taunting them, pre-match or post-match promos, or heel stalling.

Since you're going to a Raw house show, you might get to see an installment of the Highlight Reel. That's probably the only purely promo segment there'd be.
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#3 Posted on 1.10.03 0756.07
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They do use pyro at the MSG house shows I've been at, but that may be because, well, it's MSG. On the other hand, they don't bother to set up the Titantron -- entering wrestlers just get their music. The only time I've seen a long promo at a house show was at a Raw show earlier this year, when they had to change the main event on the card (because Triple H was injured again) and needed to do a quick angle to explain it. And of course, few people in the audience bother to bring signs.
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#4 Posted on 1.10.03 1051.22
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There's no big Titan-Tron either. You might see some developmental guys. I remember going to a house show in Elmira, NY in November and during one of the last couple matches, Red Dog (Rodney Mack's name then) and Shelton Benjamin came and sat in chairs in the aisleway off to the side to watch the matches. So in other words, not as anti-kayfabe as TV.
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#5 Posted on 1.10.03 1655.51
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One bonus you get at house shows is that you actually get good matches...guys get more time to work, especially guys on the undercard. One of my all time favourite matches was a house show match I saw in Toronto three years ago between William Regal and Dean Malenko. There's no way you would have seen that combination at that point on TV, and they certainly wouldn't have received 12 minutes to do their thing. At the house show, though, they did (in a last minute card shuffle) and it was awesome. Great mat wrestling, great transitions...a technically superb match from start to finish. Of course, if you weren't into that, the match right before it was Too Cool vs. Right To Censor, which was filled with new comedy spots that a lot of people seemed to enjoy. Point is, there was something you wouldn't get on TV to satisfy every taste. Add to that the fact that you'll get to see some new faces (guys on the cusp of getting called up are almost always on tour) and I'd say house shows are well worth the money for people who are actually fans of wrestling.
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#6 Posted on 1.10.03 1729.10
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House shows are a whole different vibe. It's a much more relaxed atmosphere and the wrestlers are more likely to ham it up a bit (as are the referees).

The setup depends on the arena, but basically the only thing you can expect to see if you're just used to television is the ring. No stage, no monitors, no massive lighting rig. Pyro seems to vary by arena, but even that is limited if it happens at all.

The first time I took my best friend to a house show, she noted it was "like a pay-per-view" match-wise. Wrestlers intros played, they came out, they had their match, they were gone. Very few get on the microphone.

So if it sounds quite a bit stripped down, it is. But it's also one heck of a lot of fun, especially if the crowd is into it.
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#7 Posted on 1.10.03 1811.13
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Plus you never know when you'll see Eddie Guerrero rage out and just pummel a loudmouthed beer-throwing drunk in the first row. That would have made my night.
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