The Couch vs. The Arena: Is Watching WWE Live Worth It?
With the product that hits our TVs every Monday, Friday and once a month on a Sunday from WWE, there is a debate on whether or not it is worth attending live WWE events or just enjoying the show from the comfort of home. Recently, I attended Monday Night Raw live at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. It was a fun night with family, but from a fan’s perspective… lackluster is the word I would use.
For weeks, WWE promoted the event with promises of certain superstars being there to perform, as well as a 3 on 3 headline match. None ended up taking place at the event, which made me curious as to why they would make claims to the contrary. The bulk of commercials promoted John Cena being at the event, but suddenly, a week before, he was withdrawn from the commercial. Many parents and fans alike bought their tickets to see the company’s main draw and, in a flash, he was gone. Sheamus, the wrestler that was inserted into the promotion spot leading to the event, also was a no-show when show time came.
My dismay did not end there. Returning recently to the ring were two of my all time favorites: Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam. My excitement for the event was based on seeing them as well as The Wyatt Family, the Dust Brothers (Goldust and Stardust), and the continuing of the Reigns/Ambrose storyline against their counterparts, the Authority.
While I was treated to the latter wrestlers’ storylines developing, I was robbed on the others. Jericho was set to come out when the Wyatts entered instead and footage was shown of a backstage assault that had taken place minutes before. Rob Van Dam was originally scheduled to wrestle as well and was a last minute pull. Last but not least, the Dust Brothers tag team cut a three-minute promo but never even saw the ring.
This lack of personal favorites and a Flo-Rida mini concert left me debating if it was worth my time and money attending live events, since it seems that WWE calls audible multiple times in a night. The first two hours or so seemed to move slowly and had me shaking my head. There were two main saving graces that night. One was Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz, which was a great 20-minute match and an awesome showing for Ziggler. My personal highlight of the night, though, was Zack Ryder finally getting some ring time and fighting Fandango. Granted, the match was maybe five minutes total, but it made my day.
Overall, it’s really a personal choice as to what is more up your alley. While attending a live wrestling event is a great experience, from seeing your favorite wrestlers live to making signs for TV and joining in on the always fun crowd chants, the expenses that you accumulate between tickets, parking, food, drinks and merchandise might end up swaying you to just park it on your usual spot on the couch, kick your feet up, crack open a cold one and enjoy wrestling from the comfort of home. You will be entertained either way, but at least when the wrestlers you really want to see are a no-show you don’t have to worry about the disappointment.
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