One of my goals for 2013 is to produce at least one chapter in my ongoing Geek Dad adventures per month. Given the month I've had, getting this one up at the 11th hour is a HUGE
Earlier this month I took the boys to their first live wrestling event. WWE brought their weekly Monday night tradition, RAW
, to the Toyota Center. It was billed as the 20th anniversary of Raw
and promised to be a good way to introduce the boys to Vince's vision of "sports entertainment."
Having waited too long to buy tickets from the arena, I ended up going through a ticket vendor. As a result, the best I could do was the (formerly) cheap seats. As you can see from the banner, we were way up top.
The actual card went something like this:
- Wade Barrett beat Randy Orton
- Kane beat Damian Sandow
- Kaitlyn beat Eve Torres to win the Divas Title
- CM Punk beat Brodus Clay
- 3MB beat Sheamus in a handicap match
- Daniel Brayn beat Cody Rhodes
- John Cena beat Dolph Ziggler in a steel cage match
Of course, the real fun on Raw is usually the stuff that happens outside the ring. On a night like this, those antics included:
- An appearance from Vince McMahon
- Mick Foley announced as the first 2013 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame
- More hijinks from Ryback and the Shield
- Ric Flair seemingly passing the torch and the figure-four to the Miz
- The Rock's return to Houston complete with "Rock Concert" and the coining of the phrase "Twinkie Tits."
The steel cage match had a couple of epic spots, including one where Ziggler's bodyguard held the bottoms of Cena's feet to keep him from climbing out of the cage.
My favorite moment of the night was WWE's use of geography to complete Alberto Del Rio's face turn. The Mexican Aristocrat interrupted the Big Show's plea for a rematch to Vince McMahon. He eventually began to speak to the heavily Latino Houston crowd in Spanish and, just like that, he became the WWE's top Hispanic star.
What about the boys?
They ate it up. Once they got used to the appearance of live versus broadcast, they began to ask questions and cheer and/or boo as they saw fit. They both love CM Punk and hate John Cena. The begged to join in on the "Let's Go Cena/Cena Sucks" chant. Just for the record, I told them no.
We took a bathroom/snack/t-shirt break during the Divas match. Smart boys those.
They were out cold by the time we made it home, but they talked about it for days afterwards.
All in all, it was another great Geek Dad outing.
See you next month.