Northeast Wrestling

My top four favorite wrestlers of all time are: John Cena, Batista, Rey Mysterio, and Eddie Guerrero (but not necessarily in that order). Last night I met Rey Mysterio – in my hometown of Bristol, Connecticut – and it was one of the best nights of my life. As a kid, I was never taken to a wrestling show, so I would have never imagined that I would be able to shake hands with – and HUG – my favorite superstars. I am still in awe right now. The entire show was fantastic and so impressive. The crowd was electric. The atmosphere was intimate. It was truly an unforgettable experience.

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We were second in line for the event, but first in line to meet Rey Mysterio. He was running a little late, and we saw him arrive, and then enter the locker room to put his bag away and get ready. A few minutes later, he came out, and the first thing he did was go over to Kevin Nash (who was sitting down), jump on that little brick wall you can see in the picture above, and hug him from behind. He was such a normal person! After greeting Nash, Mysterio came over to us and said, “Sorry about that,” to which I replied, “It’s okay, you can do whatever you want, you’re Rey Mysterio!” We bought a photo of him which he autographed. He asked our names to write them on the photo, and I said my name (Emily) which he misheard as “Emma.” He asked, “Emma?” and so I repeated, “Emily,” and then he said my name out loud! I leaned over to my boyfriend and said, “Oh  my god, Rey Mysterio just said my name!” After he signed the photograph, I told him that he is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, and he replied, “Thank you so much.” After, we took the photo with him, and before we were about to leave I asked him if I could have a hug. He said, “of course,” and then I hugged Rey Mysterio! And if I stood there another minute I would have cried ugly, happy tears.

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Next, we met Kevin Nash. He didn’t seem to be in a very good mood – he was very quiet. However, he came out to address the crowd and apologized. He said that he was recovering from his 32nd surgery, and was medicated. Upon learning this, we were even more impressed, because he showed up anyway, even though he was in pain, and it was uncomfortably hot outside.

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After we met Nash, we stood in line to meet Jack Swagger, who had not yet arrived. We were second in line to meet Swagger. When he showed up, he apologized for being late. I said, “That’s okay! You’re Jack Swagger! Better late than never!” and he said he liked my attitude. At this point, I turned to my boyfriend and said, “Jack Swagger likes my attitude!” To which Swagger replied, “Aw, you’re going to make me blush. I like Connecticut!” You guys, I made Jack Swagger like Connecticut. And oh my god, I didn’t notice he had his hand on my shoulder!

Here are some other highlights:

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Hacksaw Jim Duggan performed in a six-man tag team match.

We were impressed by the athleticism of some of the other wrestlers, who we did not know beforehand. Flip Gordon, a very talented individual, competed in a triple threat match and had us with our jaws on the floor. The Young Bloods were also impressive. Ryback was supposed to compete, but his flight didn’t land in time. He was supposed to fill in for Jerry the King Lawler, who had to cancel his appearance a few days before the show.

The coolest part about sitting front row was the interaction that we had with the wrestlers, the host, and even the referee. Flip Gordon, who got knocked outside of the ring, asked us to let him know when his two opponents were both down so that he could go back into the ring and get the pin. Wrecking Ball Legursky’s manager came out and took the mic from the host, Kurt Adonis, and Adonis started a chant that the manager’s breath “smelled like poop.” Then he turned to us, and said, “It really does smell like poop,” and the referee looked at us and nodded in agreement. When Adonis was announcing a new match, he said, “This match is scheduled for one fall,” and of course, the crowd chanted, “one fall!” and the ref looked at us again and asked, “One fall, not two? One?” and we laughed and said “one!”

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Rey Mysterio competed in the main event of the show. The entire crowd chanted “619” the entire match. He won the match after a 619 and a frog splash off the top rope. After the match, Rey grabbed the mic and thanked us all for coming out. He said that every time he comes to CT the 619 will be renamed the 860. After the match, and after he addressed the crowd, he walked around the entire ring to touch all of the hands that were out.

It was truly an amazing experience to attend this show put on by Northeast Wrestling. I started to feel emotional at the end of the show, thinking about the entire crowd coming together to enjoy the same experience. No matter our differences, we all came together because of our love of wrestling.

1997 Watchlist

My boyfriend and I have decided to watch/re-watch wrestling from the Attitude Era on. The WWE Network does not make this an easy task, since they list all of the pay-per-views together, and all of the Raw Replays together. It would be helpful if they listed the shows by date instead. So after doing some research, I’ve made a list of Raw episodes and pay-per-views from 1997. Just an FYI – if you try to add them all to your watchlist on the Network, there won’t be enough space. I added the whole year, and it only kept July-December 1997. Here is my list, in case you are interested:

 

Jan. 6th Raw

Jan. 13th Raw

Jan. 19th Royal Rumble

Jan. 20th Raw

Jan. 27th Raw

Feb. 3rd Raw

Feb. 13th Raw

Feb. 16th In Your House 13: Final Four

Feb. 17th Raw

Feb. 24th Raw

March 3rd Raw

March 10th Raw

March 17th Raw

March 23rd Wrestlemania 13

March 24th Raw

March 31st Raw

April 7th Raw

April 14th Raw

April 20th In Your House 14: Revenge of Taker

April 21st Raw

April 28th Raw

May 5th Raw

May 11th In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell

May 12th Raw

May 19th Raw

May 26th Raw

June 2nd Raw

June 8th King of the Ring

June 9th Raw

June 16th Raw

June 23rd Raw

June 30th Raw

July 6th In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede

July 7th Raw

July 14th Raw

July 21st Raw

July 28th raw

August 3rd Summerslam

August 4th Raw

August 11th Raw

August 18th Raw

August 29th WWF’s Friday Night’s Main Event

Sept. 7th In Your House: Ground Zero

Sept. 8th Raw

Sept. 15th Raw

Sept. 20th One Night Only

Sept. 22nd Raw

Sept. 29th Raw

Oct. 5th In Your House: Badd Blood

Oct. 6th Raw

Oct. 13th Raw

Oct. 20th Raw

Oct. 27th Raw

Nov. 3rd Raw

Nov. 9th Survivor Series

Nov. 10th Raw

Nov. 17th Raw

Nov. 24th Raw

Dec. 1st Raw

Dec. 7th In Your House: D-Generation X

Dec. 8th Raw

Dec. 15th Raw

Dec. 22nd Raw

Dec. 29th Raw

 

I am hoping to keep up this trend, and when we finish 1997 I will make a list for 1998. Like always, if you notice any errors/anything I’m missing, please comment to let me know! I know that there are a few side shows from 1997 but in my research they seemed like recaps/talk shows. I know ECW isn’t included in this list – did it overlap with the pay-per-views at this point, or was it a stand-alone show?

I hope that you all find this list helpful. It would be really cool if we could all experience this time travel together.

 

Money in the Bank 

Some thoughts about the money in the bank matches: why is it that the person that wins becomes number one contender AND gets the contract? Wouldn’t it be so much more interesting to have two storylines happening at the same time, like the champion facing the number one contender, but also knowing that the person with the contract can cash it in at any time? That way the champion can be a part of the money in the bank match and if they win it’s like an insurance policy in case they lose the title. 

Women’s Money in the Bank Match

Last night, history was made with the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match. However, the match will be memorable for all the wrong reasons. It was an amazing, breath-taking match that would have gotten my vote for best match on the card – until the end. James Ellsworth unclipping the briefcase and handing it to Carmella was so, so, so cheap. Why are there rules, if the rules can be broken without punishment? The commentators tried to say, “Well, it isn’t technically against the rules…” But it is. Your friend can’t come down the ramp while you have a match against someone, pin your opponent, and try to declare you the winner of the match. A fan can’t hop over the barricade and pin someone and call themselves the winner. You can’t join a match that you were not scheduled for, just because you feel like it, and walk out the winner. That’s not how it works. Sure, it was a no-disqualification match, but there has to be some kind of law and order. WWE fans (I think) believe in fairness. This storyline – although annoying – would have been fine in a regular match, even a pay-per-view match, but the fact that it happened in this first-time-ever match is sad. What fans will remember is the ending, not Charlotte’s corkscrew off the top rope or any of the other equally impressive moves by the women in this match. The controversial ending downplays the rest of the match. Just like making Jinder Mahal champion, I think WWE made this decision for shock-value, and to gain viewers through this method. However, I think more than anything, it makes fans unhappy with the company. We don’t like to be duped. James Ellsworth won the match despite being in the match. If he can do this, doesn’t that mean that superstars can do anything they want? Where does it end?

WWE Network Advertising for WWE Network

I can’t be the only one who’s annoyed that they see ads for the WWE Network, while they’re watching something ON THE WWE NETWORK! Especially when those commercials happen in the middle of matches. If you’re creating matches that you don’t mind interrupting with an ad (the Hype Bros vs the Colons at Money in the Bank) there’s something wrong with the matches you’re making.