Wrestlemania weekend was awesome

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

As the buttery, sweet and moist piece of pancake danced in my mouth Monday morning, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past few days.

For the second year in a row, my best friends, including myself, of course, experienced WWE’s Wrestlemania in Orlando, Fla.

Before I go any further, let me just say that I had an amazing time and wouldn’t change a thing about the trip.

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From the time we arrived in Orlando on March 30, we were off and running.

The next day was filled with independent wrestling events, which were held at the Orlando Live Events center. The OLE, which it’s called, is home to a Jai alai league. The venue was perfect for the day’s wrestling, which fell under the World Wrestling Network umbrella.

Friday’s wrestling included Progress Wrestling, a British wrestling promotion; EVOLVE Wrestling, an American-based promotion; CHIKARA Pro, a fun-filled wrestling promotion; and Kaiju Big Battel, an experience only you can see for yourself.

All of the wrestling on that Friday was really good, and it helped the five of us get ready for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday, we had two events to go to — Ringside: An Evening with Jim Ross and NXT Takeover: Orlando.

Both shows were quite good and the Ross show was especially good, quite frankly.

The main event, or Wrestlemania 33, was held on April 2 at the Citrus Bowl, or Camping World Stadium.

More than 75,000 fans packed the stadium for what would be an awesome experience.

Once we entered the stadium for Wrestlemania, we couldn’t help but notice the set design.

To me, it used lights to its advantage.

At the center was the ring, which was encased in a tall, squared structure, which housed the lights and another “ring” on top.

Leading to the ring was an 80-yard — yes, 80 yards — entrance ramp, which also served as an interactive light board as each wrestler made his or her appearance.

At the top of the ramp was a huge globe with “Wrestlemania” written and screens set on either side. A roller coaster towered above the set as well.

Under the globe, the entrance especially drew my eye because the light panels curved out in a half-moon shape. As each wrestler emerged, their light theme made an awesome display.

Of course, a bunch of fireworks were used throughout the event and several other theatrical measures were used to make it quite an experience.

As I made my way back to Atmore Monday night, I couldn’t help but smile because it was a great trip.

The one thing I didn’t like about the trip was that it went by way too fast.