• Matthew Kenagy

Attend a WrestleMania

That's my friend Eric and I at WrestleMania XXIV in 2008. WrestleMania is WWE's flagship event every year, and frequently draws 70k+ people for the annual event.

This wasn't my first WrestleMania. As a kid, I attended WrestleManias VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIII as I was becoming more and more infatuated with professional wrestling and embarking on my own path to becoming a professional wrestler. I've been seen on WWE tv, and sat ringside for some of the greatest events in wrestling history including Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in the first PPV ladder match, the Iron Man Match featuring Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart's "I Quit" match with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and Ric Flair's retirement match against Shawn Michaels. Although not a Wrestlemania, I was also in attendance for the most controversial match of all time, Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart at Survivor Series 1997 in Montreal, otherwise known in the wrestling world as the Montreal Screw Job. I've seen my fair share of wrestling history from a first-hand, in-arena/stadium point of view.

There's nothing like attending a WWE Pay Per View event, and the granddaddy of them all is WrestleMania. My advice to you is sit as close to the ring as you can and engage in the sites, sounds, and spectacle with a view as close as possible to that which the performers see. If you sit ringside, you get to take your custom folding chair home with you as a souvenir from the event.

Fans from dozens of countries attend WrestleMania ever Spring, typically in late March or early April. The weekend usually includes fan festival activities, meet and greets, and other events in which you can participate and meet your favorite WWE SuperStars. You'll meet people from all over the world that share a common passion, common dream, and common love for this form of sports entertainment.

The spectacle of WrestleMania is like no other and is like mixing the Super Bowl and Broadway with a rock concert. The energy is electric. You never know what celebrities are going to show up. The Pavlovian response of the crowd to the first notes of their favorite SuperStars entrances is incredible to behold (thank you James Johnston, for using this technique when you created some of the greatest and most iconic entrance music of all time). The SuperStars all gear up for their WrestleMania moment. Because you never know how many WrestleManias you'll be involved in throughout your career, the SuperStars traditionally pull out all the stops and frequently put in the best performances of the year, and sometimes, of their entire careers.

Even if you've never considered attending a WrestleMania, take the opportunity, simply for the performance spectacle that it is. Nothing compares to the live event experience, and the WWE and Vince McMahon have created a true MasterClass in WrestleMania. For more information on their live events and WrestleMania, visit


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