|Ringside (for the pic) at Wrestlemania 22|
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I have had the good fortune of attending eight of the last nine Wrestlemanias. My buddy Chad and I went to Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago back in 2006. It was the first one for both of us. The annual trip has become our version of a bromance getaway. This year, due to some unforeseen circumstance$, I decided not to make the trip to Levi's Stadium. But instead of bellyaching and complaining about not being there, I'm remaining grateful for the shows I've seen and gearing up for Wrestlemania 32, where I hope to be front and center again.
There have been title changes, retirements and a very special streak ended at the Wrestlemanias we've attended. I'm going to start with the whole experience of Wrestlemania 22. Looking back on it, there's nothing in particular that night that stands out to me, but it was my very first Wrestlemania in person and as they say you never forget your first. The atmosphere was electric at the Allstate Arena. Attendance was just over 17,000.
|We've got spirit....|
|Flair's last WWE match|
|Undertaker after the Streak ended|
I've talked before about the length of the Undertaker's streak. It started my senior year in high school. I'd watched it grow each year on pay per view and finally in person. Through college, marriage and my kids hitting their teen years. I never thought it would end, so you can imagine my shock when Brock Lesnar pinned the Deadman at Wrestlemania XXX. It was the first time in two decades that the Undertaker had lost at the biggest event of the year. The ending of the Streak even netted main stream media coverage. It was a big deal and I'm fortunate enough to have been in the SuperDome for it.
Shawn Michaels has a long legacy with Wrestlemania as well. He and Marty Jannetty wrestled as the Rockers at Wrestlemania V. Despite a few years away recuperating, HBK came back and competed in several more Manias before the Undertaker ended his career. I believe Shawn had 17 actual Wrestlemania matches under his belt and getting to see his last one in Phoenix meant a lot. As did watching Edge wrestle for the last time. But I don't think anyone in Atlanta expected his title defense at Wrestlemania 28 to be his swan song.
|The Rock's return|
These are just a few of the magical moments for me at Wrestlemania. It's been a wild and memorable ride.