It’s now been 24 years since the first Wrestlemania pay-per-view was held in New York. I was four years old. Now I’m nearly 30 and wrestling is nearly as fun as it was back when I believed every minute of it. This year I went to King Tom’s to catch the PPV with some other wrestling cohorts. I watch every Monday at home, but there’s nothing better than watching some wrestling with other guys that know the history and can still enjoy it. It’s the only time when my Great Muta references don’t go to waste.
I’m not going to cover the full show, as King Tom already did a good job over at his site. But what I will talk about is what has become the greatest type of match in wrestling: the ladder match.
Some of the best matches I’ve seen over the years have been ladder matches. It’s the best combination of stunt props and foreign objects. Only a ladder can serve as a ramp and a baseball bat. Last night’s ladder match was the best match of the night in my book. Out of the six guys fighting, half were of good fighting stock and the rest were just there to take bumps…and take bumps they did.
The other event of the night was the much-hyped “fight” between giant, The Big Show and boxing champ Floyd Mayweather. It was such an event, that even ESPN had it covered. As far as celebrity events go, it was pretty good and certainly entertaining. Of course, the celebrity won albeit with the help of some brass knuckles. No real surprises as history goes, but far better than I expected.
Overall, it was a half-half show. First half was really good and the latter half suffered from unexciting and disappointing spectacle. Makes me glad I just watched it with friends instead of seeing it live. Sometimes the TV ringside seat is the best.