I am currently in a state of non-stop excitement because this Saturday I will be going to Chikara in Chicago. Chikara is always an amazing time and I have never been let down by a live experience. (This will only be my fourth, but still.) The card always seems to feel packed whenever I go to Chikara and this time is no exception with El Generico in the house, Colt vs Quack II and an awesome Campeones de Parejas match between the Young Bucks and the Spectral Envoy. Oh, and The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger teaming up with a pigeon. This looks like it's going to be a really great show and I am really excited.
In fact, I've had a string of really good shows that I have attended. The three WWE events I attended this year were Elimination Chamber (not the greatest show, but the Elimination Chamber match is the Elimination Chamber match and that Santino/Bryan sequence was worth the price of admission), Wrestlemania (no explanation necessary) and the Raw after Wrestlemania (BORK LASER~). I've also been to two Chikara shows this year, "Ring of Wax" featuring the otherworldly Sara Del Rey vs. El Generico match and "Shoot A Crooked Arrow" which I reviewed over at the Wrestling Blog (summary: it was awesome and Chikara is the best.) I also had tickets to Ring of Honor's Showdown in the Sun Night 1 with Kevin Steen vs. El Generico, but thanks to a shitty concierge and ROH booking a show so far away from Miami I was unable to attend. Even so it's been a pretty awesome year for me watching live wrestling and Saturday should only continue that trend.
It wasn't always like this though. I've seen a lot of good shows, but I've seen some bad ones too and the worst one ever was a WWF TV taping in Chicago at the Rosemont Horizon back in 1997. Read More →