Although the rest of the country is talking about the Chris Rock/ Will Smith punch, Minneapolis woke up this morning talking about all of the punches, kicks, and body slams that happened at the nineteenth installment of Wrestlepalooza.
Although I’ve covered a majority of the Wrestlepalooza events over the years, I want to give you a little breakdown of this amazing event. Hosted by F1rst Wrestling and held at First Avenue, this is one of those events that I look forward to every time it happens. Full of local, regional, and national wrestlers, local burlesque dancers, and always grade A musicians, Wrestlepalooza is one of those nights that is quirky, exciting, and just straight-up fun for everyone involved. Sunday night’s installment was no different and, even though it was a Sunday night and the evening seemed to be plagued with delays (but for good reason and more on that later), everyone in the sold-out audience was treating the night like a Friday or Saturday night. The PBR tallboys were flying out of the coolers and there were smiles all around.
Personally, I keep going back to Wrestlepalooza because of the atmosphere that comes with it. As mentioned, everyone in the room was smiling throughout the lengthy over three-hour-long event and, even with clear delays including an intermission which they have never done before, there wasn’t a single complaint being muttered throughout the crowd. Beyond the smiles are the crowd chants that come out of nowhere throughout the night. A personal favorite of mine is “This is awesome!”. Something happens to my soul when the audience starts chanting that particular phrase that I just can’t quite put into words. It’s brings such a sense of excitement and honor to anyone who gets to stand in the amped-up audience and scream those words alongside hundreds of strangers that quickly become friends throughout the night.
I love feeling the bond that takes over the crowd as a villain (Darin Corbin– looking at you here!) or hero (shout out to the father figure of this whole event- Arik Cannon). Whether it’s deafening boos or a roar of applause, the bond that spreads throughout the audience as each wrestle comes out is something that I just can not get enough of. Even if you don’t follow the storylines that connect each Wrestlepalooza and the other events that F1rst Wrestling puts on throughout the year, it’s hard not to find your alliances based on what the people around you are doing. Although that’s probably not fair to some of the wrestlers, I feel like it adds to the fun and spontaneity of the night and I love how it keeps this even completely accessible to people even if it’s their first time ever experiencing the magic of Wrestlepalooza.
There’s no question as to why I continue to go back to every Wrestlepalooza and F1rst Wrestling event I can possibly get to. The question is- why haven’t you checked it out yet? I never thought I’d be a fan of wrestling but I got hooked instantly and it has created an obsession for me. Take the plunge and join me in the audience next time. I promise you won’t regret it!