For WWE fans, WrestleMania is the pinnacle of all shows. It's the culmination of a year's worth of hard work by some of the best WWE Superstars and staff and it's the pay-per-view everyone in the company wants to headline or main event. For wrestling fans, it's the "show of all shows", the "can't miss event" and the weekend you don't make any other plans.
But, we'd like to argue that even non-wrestling fans should take a moment to realize just how special WrestleMania really is. You don't have to love professional wrestling to respect this event. You don't need to know professional wrestling to enjoy the show and you don't need to keep up with the industry to realize this mega-show is something special.
We've come up with a list of reasons we believe people who love sports, entertainment, music, or otherwise should love WrestleMania. If you weren't considering watching before, you might after reading this.
The Crossover Appeal
WrestleMania is, at it's most basic form, a wrestling event. It honors the best wrestlers in the world by allowing them to showcase their talents on the biggest stage wrestling can offer. But, the show is so much more than that.
WrestleMania isn't just wrestling. From the moment the idea became a reality, its creator, Vince McMahon incorporated entertainment. He added celebrities, music, pop culture and mainstream references to ensure it reached a larger audience and became more than a "wrestling show." This is an event that has included names like Mike Tyson, Pete Rose, Lawrence Taylor, Floyd Mayweather, Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Muhammad Ali, Rob Gronkowski and Shaquille O'Neal, just to name few. They bring in singing acts, performances and even honor a celebrity each year for their Hall of Fame.
You can be entertained watching WrestleMania, even if you don't like wrestling. So much so, the purist of wrestling fans have whined about how much celebrities tend to get involved.
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There is nothing quite like seeing a WrestleMania show in person. I've been fortunate enough to do so on two occasions. That said, even watching at home you can tell how much work goes into the sets, designs, pyrotechnics, staging, entrances, and musical performances. The WWE also makes an entire week out of the event with happenings throughout the cities they bring the show to.
Comparing and likely exceeding the showmanship of any awards show, sporting event or concert, the WWE and WrestleMania spares no expense to make the show bigger, more glamorous and more magical than anything else it offers all year. It's literally more than a year's worth of work just to pull the show off without a hitch. You can get lost in your surroundings not even realizing there are matches going on. Even the wrestlers themselves find it hard to fathom when they see what they'll be working with for the first time.
One of the things that got me hooked on wrestling was the promotional aspect of it all. From the weaving storylines and drama to the marketing packets and vignettes that are put together to make you feel the emotion of a match, nobody does it better than WWE and WWE never does it better than when they do what they do for WrestleMania.
A show that can set attendance records, bring millions of dollars in revenue to their host cities and make an entire week out of one event has promoting and marketing the show down to an art form. They say Vince McMahon is one of the best promoters in the world and if you're a marketer, a sales person an entrepreneur or someone who simply appreciates the best of the best doing his thing, you'll quickly realize WrestleMania is showcase of what McMahon did, is doing and will do to stay the best.
If you think you love your sports team, step aside because you probably don't love them as much as a wrestling fan loves WrestleMania. Wrestling fans will travel the globe to make it to this event. They'll spend every last dollar they have to see just one show and they'll stay a whole weekend, cheering, screaming and enjoying the company of other wrestling fans, mostly in a respectful manner. This is hard to find in other sports and entertainment scenes and it deserves some respect.
WWE fans are some of the most hardcore fans in the world and the WWE knows there audience. You'll be hard pressed to find a single person in a crowd of 100,ooo people who doesn't have some kind of merchandise or sign showing their love for a product they follow intently.