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Old 03-16-2018, 02:52 AM
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I always wanted to share this story with fellow wrestling fans and finally decided to write it. I would love to know about your very first time watching a WrestleMania.

24th April, 2002

I was hanging out with my younger brother and a friend at my home, in a hot Summer afernoon in Central India. We're just flipping channels and couldn't find anything to watch, when we stumbled upon Ten Sports and stopped! An episode of Afterburn was being telecast and thus it began! We immediately loved the show and I got hooked to WWE.

Several months passed and the Rumble arrived. Around this time, they started showing promos about an event named WrestleMania, dubbing it as the biggest show they produced, having a rich history and whatnot. I still remember a still from that promo with Booker T entering the ring, with flames coming up on the stage, making for a cool visual. But the most stunning visual was the setting- an arena which was way larger than what i had been seeing since the past few months. The arena size made me realize that this event was really something special. I started counting the days and finally the day arrived!

Now it was 2003, so I had never touched the Internet or even a computer! Also, they used to telecast every show 2 weeks later here in India. So, no spoilers and nothing to distract me. The Summer break had begun by then so I was as relaxed as I could possibly be.

I watched the complete show and was totally in awe. A few notable things I remember:

1. As soon as the show began, I noticed the HUGE arena of Safeco Field, with the loooooong entrance way and I was IMPRESSED! The commentators greeted us and were wearing expensive looking suits/ties, and it made sense to me 'cause this was their biggest event of the year, so might as well look your absolute best.
2. Rock- Austin was just so fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Didn't know at all that I was watching Austin's final match.
3. I don't know what came over me but I suddeny began rooting for Vince in his match against Hogan, while my mother and brother were on Hogan's side. I always sided with faces but strangely, wanted Vince to win here, to my mom and bro's dismay.
4. Finally, Brock-Angle closed the show, hugging it out in the middle of the ring with 54000 fans cheering and giving them a standing ovation. What a perfect ending in the eyes of a brand new fan like me.

I was a full fledged fan by now and never missed a show for years. Now, I only watch a PPV if there's a special match in it, or if it's RR or WM. But the memory of experiencing the grandeur, the pageantry, the history that is WrestleMania, will always be one of my favourite moments as a lifelong fan.

What was your first experience watching a WrestleMania?
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Old 03-16-2018, 07:21 AM
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My first WrestleMania, at least the first one I watched live, was WrestleMania III. I say live, because I am not sure if I had seen WrestleMania 2 at that point; but, if I had, it would have been by renting the VHS from the local video store. (Man, I loved going to the video store and looking to see which Coliseum Video had been released since my last visit. In fact, one vivid memory was waiting and waiting for Survivor Series 1987 to come out. Finally, it did and while there waiting for my Dad to pay for it, I noticed that Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 had also come out--the music videos. I already had the vinyl record album at home(vinyl..record..album...that is quite repetitive haha). I was torn and hinted that I wanted both, but my Dad stood firm. We were here for Survivor Series 1987. Haha! Good for him, but that sticks out in my memory. Real quick, one time I went to the soon-to-be-closed Toys R Us with him to get a new LJN wrestling figure. I had most of them to that point and was shocked to see Bruno Sammartino. I didn't know they made him! But as I reached for it, I saw something else. The blue squared steel cage set to add to my wrestling ring! This time being torn between the two--we knew growing up, we got one toy when we went to Toys R Us; and sometimes none, we just liked to go and look around sometimes--but Dad got me both! Haha...sorry for the detour, but thanks for that trip down memory lane.) Anyway, I remember going to a house show at the Meadowlands in NJ on January 12th, 1986, I believe--a birthday present, which means I had begun watching in 1985 (but I definitely didn't see the original WrestleMania until years after it took place--also on VHS--and was still young enough to have a pit in my stomach when Iron Sheik and Volkoff won the tag belts by whacking Barry Windham with Blassie's cane)

Back to the point (sorry again for going off topic there, but that is a cherished time in my life--1985-1992 WWF fan), I had really gotten into WWF at this point and could not believe Andre was "brainwashed" by Heenan to turn on Hogan. Talk about a pit in my stomach! (A Piper's Pit! ..bad joke haha) Even if I had seen Mania 2, that was held in 3 small arenas. I would watch wrestling on Saturday mornings (filmed in small arenas) and watch house shows from Madison Square Garden, or attend them at the Meadowlands. So, when I saw the Pontiac Silverdome, I was blown away. A huge stadium where the wrestlers had to be brought to the ring on forklifts designed to look like miniature wrestling rings. It was so cool! The Can-Am Connection kicked things off by beating Don Muraco and Bob Orton and the whole PPV was amazing to me--Hercules busting open Billy Jack, Bundy slamming Little Beaver, the Dream Team turning on Beefcake, Piper shaving Adonis' head, damn Danny Davis getting the win, Steamboat winning the IC belt, Honky cheating to beat Jake...all leading to when Hogan slammed Andre to close the night. It was AWESOME!!! And a welcome distraction, as my mom was in the hospital for back surgery and my aunt and uncle had invited us over to watch the PPV so that and my cousins could distract me and my sister. Mom being ok was the most important thing, of course, but what an event! Haha!

I was already a huge WWF fan and that cemented it; however, I know I did not see Mania IV live. I got up for school and my dad was reading the sports page and showed me the big headline "Macho Man wins 4 matches to win WWF Championship" This was mind-blowing on 2 levels. 1) WWF results were prominently shown in the Star Ledger sports page haha! and 2) for my whole time being a fan, Hulk was champ. Now Macho was champ?? How did Hulk not win the tournament?? Now, I couldn't wait for Mania IV to come out on VHS--and was actually a double VHS because it was a 4-hour spectacular. So, now, technically I DID get to rent two videos at once! Haha

I remember watching Mania V at a friend's house and was definitely watching when Warrior won at VI, so I guess by then I would watch live each year. But Mania III was my first love. My neighbor had also recorded it for me, so I watched it...oh, every day for what seemed like forever, after that--and still probably know every word of the commentary.

Maybe a longer response than you had hoped for, but I really enjoyed writing about these memories. Thank you!
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WrestleMania 22. (I may have seen 18 before that because my friend had it on VHS and I think I vaguely remember watching it but I'm not counting it because I wasn't a wrestling fan at that point).

Sadly, I don't have much recollection about watching the event. Actually, that isn't really true, but I don't necessarily remember what I felt watching it. I know it was with my friend (a different one) and we were at my house. I have snapshots in my head of every match and I can remember sitting in my living room watching. We had pizza for dinner, lol. I remember his little brother came over mid-way through to watch a few matches with us, that's really it.

BUT... for some reason I can remember that whole weekend leading up to WrestleMania 22. I don't think I'd ever been that excited in my life. I had slept over his house the night before and remember watching the Hall of Fame. We barely slept, we stayed up all night, he had like this strobe light disco ball thingy and we had that on all night while we "recreated" WrestleMania with our action figures. That morning I can remember vividly what we did, to a pretty creepy level... all the way down to what I had to drink with my breakfast that morning, there was so much excitement.

It's a shame I can't remember much of the event itself (probably because I was sleep deprived the night prior) but I really wish I did, it was such a fun weekend for 10 year old me.
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Great read! I love when people go all full blown nostalgic while talking about old memories. I wish I could be a fan at that time during Mania 3, but I hadn't even born at the time. I can imagine the fun you must have had being a fan during that era.
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WrestleMania 22. (I may have seen 18 before that because my friend had it on VHS and I think I vaguely remember watching it but I'm not counting it because I wasn't a wrestling fan at that point).

Sadly, I don't have much recollection about watching the event. Actually, that isn't really true, but I don't necessarily remember what I felt watching it. I know it was with my friend (a different one) and we were at my house. I have snapshots in my head of every match and I can remember sitting in my living room watching. We had pizza for dinner, lol. I remember his little brother came over mid-way through to watch a few matches with us, that's really it.

BUT... for some reason I can remember that whole weekend leading up to WrestleMania 22. I don't think I'd ever been that excited in my life. I had slept over his house the night before and remember watching the Hall of Fame. We barely slept, we stayed up all night, he had like this strobe light disco ball thingy and we had that on all night while we "recreated" WrestleMania with our action figures. That morning I can remember vividly what we did, to a pretty creepy level... all the way down to what I had to drink with my breakfast that morning, there was so much excitement.

It's a shame I can't remember much of the event itself (probably because I was sleep deprived the night prior) but I really wish I did, it was such a fun weekend for 10 year old me.
One of my favourite Manias even though critics don't like that one. Seeing Rey win the World title seemed like an impossible thing and that made it so much more cooler when it actually happened.
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I started to really get interested in WWE/F the night after WM 14. My first WM I watched was WM 15. I remember when I had all my friends over and we watched the event. When Bossman got hung I legit thought he was going to die. Austin beating the Rock the first time was epic. HHH and Chyna's double double turn was a thing of beauty as well. I was a huge Road Dogg fan and had a crush on Ryan Shamrock (I was 8 years old go figure.).
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The first one I watched was Wrestlemania X (10). I was a huge Bret hart fan and seeing him lose to Owen to start, but end it by winning the title was insane for me.

Also to see that ladder match was a highlight and joy to watch. I watched WWF since about 91 but WMX was the first show that was ever ordered for me and I've been hooked ever since.

Also I remember the live broadcast being at 4pm here in NYC, and that years rumble was on a Saturday.

I miss those days.

With the network being what it is, it would not shock me if they tried that again with earlier start times, because lets face it most people do not want to be up until almost midnight watching these shows.

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WrestleMania VI.

There's no telling how long after the event took place that I actually saw it, because in my little town, we had to rent from the local video store. But I was a little geek for the Ultimate Warrior, and this was the most incredible thing I had ever seen (as a ten-year-old). I didn't get to watch a lot of wrestling in our house, but I did manage to keep up with it and my dad let me rent WM6 when I was sick. He even watched it with me and let me ramble on and on and on about what was going on. I'll never forget it.
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Wrestlemania 20 was my first Wrestlemania experience. I had been watching wrestling for a few years but never could get my mom to buy a wwe ppv for me. One day my parents ended up going out of town and had my cousin, who equally loved wrestling, watch me. Sunday came and after a few hours of us talking about Wrestlemania, my cousin got up, grabbed the remote, and ordered it.
I was screaming with joy until I realize how angry my mom would be, but once the ppv started, her anger was put in the back of my mind. (The next day, after a few hours of teasing me due to worrying about my mom's reaction, my cousin would eventually tell me that it was my mom's idea.)

-I was a huge fan of Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty at this time. They may have been my favorite people on the entire card, so to watch them go in as champions and retain was a big deal.

-I loved the Goldberg vs Lesnar match. They were THE most dominant people on the roster, and adding Austin to the mix...I don't think i've ever been more excited for a WM match since.

-Eddie/Benoit celebration...The greatest WM moment of all time, imo. It sucks that this moment will never be given the recognition that it deserves. Not only is it in WM's top 5 moments, the triple threat match is in the top 3 greatest WM matches of all time.

-Christian vs Jericho and Cena vs Big Show were also fun feuds/matches that I really enjoyed.
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Wrestlemania 17 was the first one I watched live. I remember being super excited for like, a month about eventually renting it (because my parents would never even contemplate ordering a $60 PPV, or whatever the price was at that time) and couldn't wait to go on the website next morning to read about the matches and to find out who won the Austin/Rock match. I was at my uncle's house on Mania Sunday and I remember walking into the living room to greet everyone. A Wrestlemania preview was on the TV when I walked in and I just assumed that a random sports channel was on, but as we started getting closer to the start time, I realized that the preview had been playing for like 2 hours.

Then everybody, including my mom, grandparents, and cousins sat around the TV and Wrestlemania started. I was pretty shocked that, one, my uncle ordered a wrestling PPV because I never had any recollection of anybody in my family being a wrestling fan besides my brother, and two, everybody actually seemed really into it. My excitement level was through the roof when I realized that I was going to watch Mania live for the first time ever. Even though I've since watched Mania with friends, been to Mania party's, etc. that was probably the funnest Mania experience I've had to this day. Everybody was screaming at the TV screen, cheering their asses off for the Canadians (Jericho, Benoit, Test), and my grandpa couldn't stop smiling and telling stories about his watching days throughout the Gimmick Battle Royal.

Even though my family weren't necessarily wrestling fans, they were extremely invested in the Shane/Vince match and especially the Austin/Rock match. I guess they must have been very casual viewers at the time because although they didn't know many people that well, they knew a lot about Vince and the Austin/Rock rivalry. Almost everybody was cheering for Austin except the girls because the Rock was "hotter", and nobody really gave a shit that Stone Cold turned; we were just happy he won.

Mania 17 will hands down always be my favorite PPV ever.
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