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It's time for WrestleMania

Over time, you grow up, certain passions wane, and a disconnect takes place. What used to be a priority merely becomes something to do. This certainly applies to professional wrestling. There was never a time when the thought was to consciously give up wrestling. Some people look at the demise of the Attitude Era, or the merging of WWF and WCW together, or the WWF selling their souls to become World Wrestling Entertainment as contributing factors to wrestling taking a hit (the latter sealed the deal for me). All of those factors have merit.

Who knows exactly what it was for different people, but the days of watching Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, Superstars, and Sunday Night Heat came to a halt. However, there was one constant that never truly went away. No matter how far removed from the sport, every March or April, I’d find a way to get back in touch with the sport, just in time for WrestleMania.

Two years ago, a road trip was taken to WrestleMania 25, and it was easily one of the best times of my life. As was the case then, not much attention was paid to the card before-hand. The idea was to be prepared for the people I was familiar with, and everything else would be a bonus. Luckily, it worked out, and, as was the case two years ago, not enough attention has been paid by me to tell you the entire card for this WrestleMania, nor do I care to do so.

This time around, all it takes is The Rock coming back, Stone Cold coming back, and The Undertaker’s streak being on the line, and the rest is history. It will never be like the days of old, when every single episode of wrassling would be watched before WrestleMania, but the interest is still pretty damn high.

To take it a step further, it’s safe to say that a majority of the people I discuss wrestling with don’t follow it like that anymore. They are all back to re-live their childhood, through the exploits of some of the old-school guys who are making their return.

The Rock is back, and even though I’m not too sure what he’s going to do on Sunday, it’s just nice to see The People’s Champ back in the fold. He’s had his moments when he’s electrified the crowd, and he’s also had moments that have left even his biggest Stans scratching their heads.

The hope is, for one night, he shows everyone why the world of wrestling is a better place with him in it. John Cena’s cool in my book, so no shade will be thrown his way. As for The Miz, he’s cool and all, but that’s about the extent of the attention he’ll get, in regards to his role in what’s going on.

The only other match worth talking about on here is The Undertaker against HHH. The Undertaker is undefeated at WrestleMania at 18-0. Hell, I remember being in the third grade when the streak started at WrestleMania XII when he destroyed Superfly Jimmy Snuka. Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan called the match, and even though they were blown away, who knows if they, along with anyone, figured The Undertaker would still be doing this nearly 20 years later. The man always seems to step it up for this event, and this Sunday shouldn’t be any different.

However, it just might be, because he’s going against HHH, and anytime The Game is involved in something this big, the skepticism is at an all-time high. I won’t hide the fact that I hate the man, and the only thing I like is when he spits his water out to the crowd. Despite the ill will toward him, if anyone can beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, especially since Shawn Michaels failed to beat him at the last two, it's HHH.

All in all, this weekend promises to be fantastic. There are the men and women’s Final Four, opening weekend of baseball, and some good basketball, but don’t get it twisted. Plenty of my peers, the ones who all grew up with wrestling being a big part of our childhoods, will be tuned in on Sunday night for the biggest extravaganza in sports entertainment. It’s sure to be live.

Be easy.
-K. Masenda
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