Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wrestling with Regrets

Chikara's big return on May 25, 2014
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

When asking for questions for the latest episode of Mailbag Monday on my YouTube channel, I was asked a couple of questions I didn't have time to get to.  I decided to address one of them in a blog today.  

Dennis asked "You seem to frequent a lot of wrestling events from Indies to WrestleMania...Is there one show you regret missing out on?"

He's right, I've been to a lot of wrestling shows through the years.  I truly am blessed as a wrestling fan that I've been able to attend eight of the nine last Wrestlemanias.  I've been to the Royal Rumble, Monday Night Raw, Thursday Night Thunder (remember that?), and countless independent wrestling shows (as a fan and as an employee).

Our Raw 1000 Party at home
Love the hats

I'd say if I had to pick regrets on shows I've missed it would be Raw 1,000 which was in St. Louis, a two hour drive from my home in southern Illinois.  I missed out on that one though because my wife was on a business trip and I was home with my children.  I don't regret the time we spent together watching the big anniversary in the comfort of our own home though.  We had a little party here and it was a blast.

The return of Marchie Archie 

An even bigger regret for me was missing out on the Chikara return back in May.  I still consider myself a new fan to the product, still learning the last 13 or 14 years of storylines and characters.  My friends Chad, Adam, and Greg all traveled to Pennsylvania for the return.  My wife was on another trip and quite honestly after dropping some coin at Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans, another wrestling trip that soon wasn't in the budget.

Mr. Touchdown & Me
I have seen three Chikara shows in person and the very last Wrestling Is Intense show.  My goal one of these days is to make it to one of the company's iPayPerView events.  If you've never experienced Chikara live and in person, I'd highly recommend it.  Not only is the action always top notch, but many of the wrestlers take time to interact with the fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures.  It makes for a truly memorable experience.

And before it even comes up, I'll be missing the Survivor Series this year too.  It's coming to St. Louis, but because it's in November and I work in TV news and can't take time off during "sweeps", I'll miss out.  I get up at 1:30 in the morning, and would be rolling back into town just in time to head to work.  I've tried that before, after the Chikara shows I attended in Indiana and it's too rough on this old fan.  

Thanks for the question Dennis.  Anyone else who ever wants to participate, post a question here or on the YouTube channel.

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