Monday, April 2, 2012

A Beer Vendor's Look At WrestleMania 28 In Miami

We drove from Tampa, Florida to Miami to work the Miami Marlin's preseason game against the Yankees yesterday and WrestleMania 28. By the time we reached the stadium, it was extremely hot. The temp was near 95 degrees and was very humid. The crowds poured in ready for action. We were already tired from working in the new Miami Marlins baseball stadium.

I am a wrestling fan from the 80's and 90's. After I found out the action was fake, I turned away from wrestling and dove into boxing and now MMA. I love the UFC because it is full of action and is fun to watch. I saw some of this excitement at WrestleMania 28.

WrestleMania 28 was entertaining, weird and fun. The fans broke another record for attendance with over 78000 attending and they were ready for action. I loved the entertainment value of the show, but I did notice some odd things. Some of the fans looked like they may have spent their entire lives hiding in their basement, coming out for this huge wrestling event. There were all types of fans from all over the world. I carded people from Germany, England and nearly every state in our country. I saw more homemade signs than any other event I have worked as a beer vendor. Many of the fans were yelling Yes and No, others were yelling out their favorite wrestler's name. There were even a few fans walking up and down the aisles trying to get a reaction from the crowd.

Here are the results of WrestleMania 28:

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus-Sheamus won the heavyweight championship in five seconds

Randy Orton vs. Kane-Kane beat Randy Orton easily which surprised many wrestling fans

Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show-The Big Show wins the Intercontinental Championship

Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix and Eve-Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos won, but the crowd booed during the entire match, many were yelling out that the match was extremely boring

Triple H vs. The Undertaker with Shawn Michael's as guest referee in the Hell in the Cell match-The Undertaker wins and he and Shawn Michael's carries Triple H away. This was strange considering The Undertaker beat Triple H up with a chair and Triple H tried to hit The Undertaker with a sledge hammer, The Undertaker takes the hammer from Triple H and  pounds him with it and wins the match. The crowd held up signs which read 20-0 for The Undertaker

Team Teddy Long (Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali and Booker T) vs. Team John Laurinaitis (David Otunga, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry and Drew McIntyre)

I never understood this match, but it will lead into the Monday night show, Eve cost Ryder the match-Team Laurinatis wins the match

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho-CM Punk won the WWE Championship with the Anaconda Vice

John Cena vs. The Rock-The Rock wins surprising many onlookers at WrestleMania 28 in Miami, this match was a hook to get real wrestling fans wondering what will happen with wrestling during the upcoming year.

This is how WrestleMania 28 looked to a beer vendor. We left the crowded arena and raced home to Tampa, reaching our homes at 4 AM. We have a few bucks in our pockets, we are tired and we saw an interesting wrestling show in Miami at WrestleMania 28.

One word to leave wrestling fans, your beer vendor works hard and we do take tips. A in the stand beer vendor gets paid two ways, we earn commission from our sales and make money through tips. Beer vendors do not get paid through an hourly wage. If you are curious, the worst tippers we have met at shows like WrestleMania are Europeans.

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