We forgot to talk about some of the happenings around the events. This post is to flesh out our experience through pictures and text unlike our all audio weekend. I’m going to go through my notes and will keep them in chronological order, well except for the ending.
Before I get to my notes though, I need to get to one of the things we talked about which is the city of Atlanta. During our Wrestlemania review show, we killed the city of Atlanta. I think I even called it a “hell hole” at one juncture. Though I still firmly believe that any major metropolitan area should have easily accessible food and bars after midnight any day of the week, Atlanta shouldn’t be labeled a “hell hole” or any other disparaging names because of that lone factor. We used the MARTA train line all weekend, which was a lot easier than driving in any major city let alone the nightmare of driving in Atlanta. That’s definitely a down side to that city too. We got to eat at good or great restaurants, at the top of the list was Seasons 52, even if we had more on our list that we didn’t get to. Atlanta also has plenty of sites to visit. We used the above pictured booklet to go to the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and a Tour of CNN. So my apologies go out to Atlanta. On to the notes and the big surprise.
At Seasons 52, we took a bunch of pictures of our food but I’m not going to post those here. When we went to Raw, we stopped in at Taco Mac and enjoyed their 140 tap selection of beers. I suggest you follow @difrango11, @jemaes and @ericdnelson on Twitter to get the pictures of the food and beer choices that I won’t post in this review. I’m going to try and keep it more in the realm of wrestling for our site.
I don’t have any notes for the Hall of Fame. For Wrestlemania, we forgot about another one of the persons who dressed up. I was sporting my WWF shirt my younger brother Brian got for me and my Pittsburgh Penguins hat. I come to find out that “CM Punk”, who I thought rooted for the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, actually roots for the Pens. He molested me and wanted to talk about the Pens far more than I wanted to. Another outfit that we saw was the gentleman who was “blind”. He had on sun glasses, a tap stick and a sign that read “Even this blind guy can see John Cena.” The worst part of this outfit was the fact that he insisted on his friend “walking” him the whole way through the Georgia Dome. If he was my friend, I would have whooped his ass when he came up with the idea.
Speaking of walking around the Georgia Dome, it was awful. We got there at about 5:30 PM. We got to our seats at 6:20. We had to wait for Baby Bladder (aka Eric) then Jeremy & Elyse to get a shirt but that was about 10 minutes worth of time. We only had to go around the stage area. That shouldn’t take 50 minutes in a stadium. The walk way was clogged. I’ve been to Ford Field (Wrestlemania) The Pontiac Silverdome (World Cup soccer), The Citrus Bowl (Wrestlemania again), Heinz Field (Steelers game), Three Rivers Stadium (Pirates), Pitt Stadium (Panthers), Beaver Stadium (Penn St. vs. Pitt) Cleveland Browns Stadium (taking bitch whore to a Clowns game for her birthday) and Ohio Stadium (Buckeyes football). All of them have similar if not a larger capacity than the Georgia Dome and I have never been “walking” on a concourse that slowly. I could talk about the exterior but I’ll save that for another time.
I did skip over the t shirt for a couple of reasons. Jeremy was raving about the “I was there” shirt this year and he had no luck buying it. I’ll take a look at it in the near future. Last year’s “I was there” wasn’t that good. They did a poor job of ripping off Frank Lloyd Wright. The Houston ones didn’t look any better. I can’t say I saw many other “I was there” shirts from other locations. Other than noting how much parents were plunking down on John Cena gear, Jeremy made a another good observation about merchandise. Rey Mysterio does a very good of selling to both young and old fans. The only example of an adult shirt on their website is this one. Of course the cartoon Rey that I saw on a little boy can’t be found on the site. I can’t find the hard mask they were selling either. I hate making a point without back up.
A couple of minor notes from Wrestlemania itself. Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan both looked like they added some muscle. Not a lot but considering they’re both in the shallow end of the pool, any more can help. Baby Bladder mentioned CM Punk’s expressions which were dead on. He did forget to note Randy Orton biting the post which got a laugh out of me and seemed appropriate while he was taking the post figure four.
During lunch on Monday at Jalapeno Charlie’s, Eric, Jeremy & Elyse got to watch a gaggle of fat fans standing outside of Gold’s Gym to get autographs from wrestlers coming out. Do what I did in Detroit, actually have a membership to the gym and meet wrestlers while working out kids. You’ll impress the wrestlers and have a longer life. My back was to the festivities so I was clueless. It was a fun time though. I believe I mentioned the gentleman in front of use sporting a Cena hat, shirt, a title belt and a Canadian Flag as a cap during our Raw recap. Needed to mention what a tool this guy was again.
And now what you’ve been waiting for, the surprise that started our weekend, just as Jeremy & Elyse were coming to pick Eric & I up at the airport they ran into someone unexpected…