I went to my first live event ever last night. My 4 friends and I attended the event. I live in Oregon (Eugene), and the WWE doesn't come here because of mandatory drug testing
It was a truly awesome experience. To give you an idea of our point of view, we were right in front of the Miller Light Cat fight girls/stacy and torrie "match". The stage was in front of us and to the right. Because of this we could see the tunnel where the wrestlers walk through to get to the stage. There were two gaps in the curtains and we could see wrestlers walk back and forth. Lita actually stepped through the curtains so I could see her whole self. It was kind of weird seeing all of the tag teams walk through the tunnel together right after fighting each other. The Rock paced back and forth, back and forth, before his match. It looked like he was on his cell phone, but I'm not sure. Brock Lesnar started jumping up and down and shaking part of the tunnel before his match, I guess that whole thing isn't an act.
It was weird not hearing any commentary during the matches, but we got over it eventually. The action looks SO much better in person. I can't say that enough. Everything from the wrestlers to the managers, everything is much more impressive. I didn't think the mat would slam so loudly. I don't think I have smiled that long for a long time.
Anyway, the matches. The Chris Jericho/Shawn Michaels match was the best of the night. It went back and forth, and the crowd was really into it. I haven't seen a match that good in a long time, maybe ever. I wasn't too interested in the Hogan match, but it grabbed my interest once it started. It started kind of slow, but it picked up in the end. Good match, Vince broke the Spanish announce table. HHH and Booker, HHH got a bigger pop than I thought he would, he's a lot bigger in person than he is on TV. Good match, not great, but better than we have been seeing on RAW. Rock and Stone Cold was awesome as well. Both wrestlers got big pops. It was a great match. They used the finishers a little too much, but still great match. Lesnar and Angle, alright match, but people were pretty much tired out from the Stone cold and Rock match. People were actually leaving. They did submission stuff for a little too long, and it broed people. Lesnar F5ed Angle and then he went on top of the top turnbuckle. He got there, and paused. He looked really nervous. He jumped, but didn't flip right away. I think he was worried about how far away Kurt was. He did the flip WAY too late, and landed on his chin. It was brutal, he pinned kurt after that. They both lay in the ring for a long time. The two of the wrestlers hugged which got a big pop. Angle left the ring, and Lesnar stayed there. He could barely stand up. He eventually crawled out of the ring. There were about 20 people around him trying to help. They brought him a stretcher, but he didn't use it. I looked to see him go through the gap in the tunnel, but I didn't see him, and my friends wanted to go.
All in all, it was a great experience, I can't wait to go again. I'm probably forgetting a lot, but oh well. I hope Lesnar is OK...
Aww, you lost your live-event cherry at WrestleMania! Congratulations! :-)
Sounds like you had reasonably good seats. (I always wonder about that at WM in the big stadiums.) I never get over just how fun live shows are. (We only get a couple per year -- maybe I'd get jaded if I went more often. ... Naaaaah.)
I had the "there are no commentators" weirdness at the first show I ever went to too. But I've always been how impressed how well the guys communicate with the live audience without the extra help from the commentators.
Nice. You had a better first live-event experience than me. It was at WM7, I was 7, we were in the nosebleeds, and I decided to go to the bathroom during the Savage/Warrior match. Funny, that was during the last war in Iraq and Hogan was headlining that too...
As for the mat slams, they've got a mic under the ring I think which they hook into the arena speakers...that's what i've been told anyway...
Last night was definitely a good show to see live.
On paper, it looks boring as hell. There is no real plans for Ambrose, Rollins and Ziggler as a big players. Sting/HHH is the most groan worthy for me. HHH never plays well with WCW guys and I don't see HHH keeping the losing Wrestlemania Streak alive.