Next weekend, a good friend and I will be doing the longest weekend of wrestling I’ve ever and probably will ever experience. We’re going to NXT Takeover Brooklyn on Saturday, SummerSlam on Sunday, Raw on Monday, and SmackDown on Tuesday. If I counted right, this will be my 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th shows. I’ve been two three SmackDowns, three Raws, two NXT Takeovers, and one Extreme Rules. So I got to thinking about which is the most memorable.
It’s definitely the first show I ever attended, on July 18, 2002, a SmackDown taping in Wilkes Barre. I went by myself, and I had a blast. I got there 6-7 hours early to meet wrestlers as they drove in, and it paid off as I got an autograph my my idol and this site’s patron saint, Kurt Angle. Hulk Hogan wrestled in a tag match with Edge and Rikishi against the Un-Americans. John Cena, in only his second SmackDown match, wrestled Chris Jericho. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle was the main event. I made a sign that said Kurt Angle rules, everyone else sucks. I drew a gold medal on it. The other side of my sign said “Is that Molly Holly or Rikishi”. I was 18. Ok, an extremely immature 18.
The best part was after the show everyone found out the wrestlers were going to a TGI Friday’s. I feel like kind of a douche about it now, bothering the wrestlers while they were eating, but I got some awesome autographs and I still have the notepad full of them. Rey Mysterio, before he even made his debut with the company. Randy Orton, just a couple of months into his WWE career. Reverend D-Von and Deacon Bautista. Chuck Palumbo and Rico. Brian Hebner the referee. By far the coolest was John Cena. He was nobody yet and he treated the fans better than anybody. He was so glad to talk to us and really wanted to hear what we thought about the show.
So that’s my best live experience. I want to hear from my readers, what’s your most memorable WWE show? Or WCW, ECW, ROH, or indie show? Anything! Let’s hear it!