The WWE is in the Land of Punt.
Before you scoff, no other entertainment entity is more synonymous with fun than the WWE. Seeing the WWE is simply a no-holds-barred good time.
For those who have bought and used WWE tickets, you know what LOP is talking about. For the uninitiated let us try to explain the allure of professional wrestling’s greatest promotion.
There are two types of WWE events, television tapings and house shows.
The television tapings, whether in Orlando for Raw, Richmond for Smackdown or in Philadelphia for a pay-per-view, is where the “plot” moves forward.
During these shows, championship belts change waists, alliances are formed, backs are stabbed and wrestlers make dramatic returns or debuts. Here is when, especially at pay-per-view events, you can expect legends to be born and historic moments to occur. And if you’re lucky, you might wind up on television.
A house show is just plain wrestling. No television cameras, no backstage antics, no gigantic set, no “tune in next week,” just pure unadulterated grappling.
Minus extenuating circumstances (i.e. a wrestler is going to leave for a rival promotion or the company wants a performer gone), nothing major ever happens at house show. However, the wrestlers, no longer under the pressure of starring in a television show, are free to interact with the crowd which is, after all, what these behemoths do best.
It may come as a surprise but these wrestlers are fabulous performers and they reveal their talents to entertain at the house shows. Whether they’re in Salisbury or Wildwood, these muscle glad sports-entertainment superstars generally wrestle better at the free flowing house shows than at the tightly controlled televised events.
Also, you see identical or similar matches to that of major pay-per-view events. It’s customary for wrestlers to prepare for those big matches by facing off against one another at house shows.
This summer you can catch the WWE performing house shows in cities like Saginaw, Moline, Reno, San Diego, Newark and White Plains. These shows are a great introduction to the excitement and pageantry that is the WWE.
The company is also hosting a slew of pay-per-view events. The Bash is scheduled for June 28th in Sacramento, Night of Champions is scheduled for July 26th in Philadelphia, and SummerSlam is scheduled for August 23rd in Los Angeles.
If you had to choose between seeing a television-taping or a house show, do yourself a favor and see one of each. Especially since the company’s stable of Superstars (that’s what the WWE calls their wrestlers) are divided between the Raw brand, the Smackdown brand and the ECW brand.
Depending on which show you attend, you’re likely to see either the Raw Superstars or the Smackdown and ECW Superstars. There are some events where all three brands perform.
Don’t worry if you don’t follow the WWE on television. Your ignorance won’t detract from the thrill of seeing the promotion live. Beside it’s wrestling not Shakespeare, you’ll figure it out.
RAW SUPERSTARS As of June 12th, 2009
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Montel Vontavious Porter
The Brian Kendrick
Jimmy Wang Yang
Kung Fu Naki
The Great Khali
David Hart Smith
Katie Lea Burchill