It's in the air. The event is upon us. Perhaps the biggest name to transition from wrestling to "sports entertainment" isn't an individual star, but WrestleMania itself.
Today, twenty-six years to the day of the very first WrestleMania, even the most jaded fan has to admit a certain magic surrounding the name and history. No wrestling event has ever garnered more publicity than WrestleMania. Is it the matches? The celebrities? The grandeur? Of course they all factor in. The truth is that there is still a ring, there is still the drama and athleticism of spectacular matches, and it is still a grand showcase of the pastime we all love.
Without a doubt no wrestling event has been covered by more journalists than WrestleMania. Between in-house publications from WWF/WWE to articles in newspapers and magazines the world over, the event stands above the rest. Photos from the show can commonly be found jamming the news wire mere moments after they occurred. For three or four hours each year the elements of professional wrestling, be it described as such or otherwise, are the focal point of the entire world.
WrestleMania IV brought the subtitle of "What The World Is Watching" into widespread use for the company. WrestleMania itself, each and every year, proves that subtitle valid.
Whether you're tuning in for the matches, the celebrities, the glitz, or the glamor, remember that you are witnessing the biggest mainstream stage professional wrestling will ever be seen on. Considering that it's a bigger stage than most other sports and/or entertainment entities will achieve, it should make anyone proud to be a fan of wrestling and/or sports entertainment.
Enjoy WrestleMania XXVII!