The showcase of the Immortals.
The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment.
The Granddaddy of Them All.
No matter your favorite name for it, I’m just glad that it’s finally here. Everyone, it is WrestleMania weekend. I have been waiting for this since the road to WrestleMania began and the anticipation has kept growing ever since. The WWE takes over Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
I’m not a fan of splitting Mania into two nights, as they’ve done the past few years. Back when I was younger, Mania was one special night and different than any other PPV out there.
My very first encounter with Mania was WrestleMania 14. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Micheals for the WWF title with Mike Tyson as the special enforcer. Back then, I didn’t even get to watch it live. I had to rent the VHS from the video store just to see what happened in the match. What the hell is a VHS, you ask? Trust me you don’t want to know, we have it a lot better now with all the streaming services. WM14 hooked me and every year since then there has been an increase in the quality of the main events. We’ve witnessed matchups like The Rock vs Stone Cold, Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar, and John Cena vs The Rock.
WrestleMania 39 main event is a fantasy match up
This year, the main event is a fantasy matchup. Two years ago no one would have seen this coming unless you put them together on a video game. Roman Reigns takes on Cody Rhodes for both of his titles. Rhodes a few years prior left the Company to build up AEW and in short time has turned himself into a main event superstar. Upon his return (and winning the Royal Rumble) he’s set his sites on Roman Reigns who has also cemented himself in WWE history. He’s become the leader of the Bloodline, having successfully defended both titles for over 900 days and changed peoples opinion on him. Once a babyface you used to hate to a heel, is now someone you love to cheer.
Those two aren’t the only ones on the card who are trying to make names for themselves at the showcase of the immortals. Charlotte Flair attempts to defend her SmackDown women’s title against Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair defends her Raw women’s title against Asuka. Add that to the Hell in a Cell match, a Tag Team title defense from the Usos, and Logan Paul making what I hope is his final match in WWE. Also, John Cena is even making a Mania appearance to fight Austin Theory. Oh, and of course we can’t forget about the father versus son match between Dominik and Rey Mysterio. With all that, the card is definitely stacked!
Night one and night two have separate line-ups. With John Cena and Austin Theory headlining night one. While Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes are the main event of night two. You can bet that everyone on the show will be trying to one up the next, match by match. Hoping to make their own Mania moment.
A timeless occasion
WrestleMania has become a timeless occasion over the years and I can’t wait to see what this years show has in store. As a child, I was captivated by these moments, watching nothing else but wrestling. For that, I have my parents to thank. They were putting up with a cable bill that included a $59.99 PPV every month. I’m just glad they didn’t ask for all that money back and I got away with doing chores for it. So let’s sit back, relax, and prepare to be entertained.
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