A new event is coming to town, but in many ways Miami seemed destined to host Wrestlemania. The grandest spectacle in sports entertainment is finally arriving to one of the most exciting cities in America. Regardless of people opinions on pro-wrestling, the fans have spoken, and now the WWE (formerly WWF to older fans) is bringing their biggest event to South Florida. Get ready to cheer, jeer, and witness just why Wrestlemania has stayed strong for over 25 years.
Wrestlemania is the sports entertainment version of a super bowl for pro-wrestling. During the last century, pro wrestling was a territorial business. Many regions had their own specific central group of wrestlers and coveted title. Vince McMahon, known as the central mastermind and current CEO of WWE, changed all this and began merging these modest wrestling organizations into the large power house that he’s presently chairman of. Just like any superstar event, Wrestlemania will feature great matches, guest appearances, and small concerts; it is indeed a celebration of what the WWE is all about.
While seen as the dominate figure in pro-wrestling, the organization has some rather humble personalities such as Chris Jericho. Jericho has wrestled for over two decades on both sides of the Pacific and for different companies. Many a times has his career found him in house shows where the likely pay off were less than minimum wage while risking his body and life to entertain a bingo room. Now, even with the background of having wrestled for the now defunct ECW and WCW, Jericho is now seen as one of the most beloved personalities in the WWE, regardless of whether he’s being boo’ed or cheered during a match.
If there is one particular wrestler that has helped to propel the excitement of this event, it would be the pro-wrestler formerly billed as Rocky Maivia. This spirited wrestler is actually a hometown hero, having played for UM football and has a lot of history in Miami. The transition to pro-wrestling was tough, even with the help of his father Rocky Johnson. Over time, his talent, microphone skills and a plethora of excellent matches have propelled his career from the squared circle and into Hollywood. And yet, it was a year ago that the now accomplished and beloved former wrestler announced his return to Miami to headline Wrestlemania 28’s main event; “Finally, ‘The Rock’ has come back home (this is a quote back in 2001 when making his appearance and sporting his UM jersey).”
Over a year now, WWE has helped to promote the event, but Miami wrestling fans having been doing it for over a decade. Whether it was sitting at the Miami Arena watching the Ultimate Warrior put the Undertaker in a body bag, or watching Rey Mysterio win the Royal Rumble at the American Airlines arena, the love and devotion was always here waiting patiently and hoping for the “big one”. Now, on Sunday April 1 at SunLife stadium, it will arrive. Who knows when the WWE will decide to bring this grand event back, so be a part of history and get ready to witness an entire stadium cheering on one eyebrow raising Miami local.