WWE Raw and Liverpool Experience

Raw in Liverpool

Winter Greetings.^^/

  1. Post-London, Pre-Raw

A lot has happened in November, especially around the time when I went to London. I found that even though I came back home, I still couldn’t really relax my mind. It seemed that everything was happening at once and I was dealing with lots of things at the same time. If it’s one thing, I usually find a way to work with it. However, too many things give me a head mush. At that point it did feel like my head was about to explode.

To cut a long story short, I had to make a decision whether I wanted to go to a surprise birthday gathering and to WWE Monday Night Raw with a few of my peeps. For the life of me I could not decide what I wanted to do. I enjoy celebrating the happiness of other people but I decided to reject the party invitation in the end. There would be lots of people there that I did not know. I didn’t fancy it in the end and decided not to go.

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I haven’t watched Raw in weeks. I sort of lost interest in WWE since Daniel Bryan and Bad News Barrett became absent. Did I really want to go to this live event when I wasn’t feeling very well? Not just any event, but an event that I’m not really that into at the moment. I literally decided to go in the last minute, an hour before I was being picked up.

It was at that point when I started to rush around. I had a shower, washed my hair, picked out my clothes and had dinner. I got it in my head as well that we were eating out, but I received a text explaining that we weren’t…oh my. So, with quick thinking, I had jacket potato with melted cheese. I fancied doing beans but as I was on my own I didn’t want to risk doing anything to myself. It’s one thing to harm myself if my parents were around, but if I’m on my home and cooking, that could spell trouble…

I tried to relax, but I couldn’t fully relax. I felt sick, dizzy, had a poorly chest and was eating a luke warm jacket spud. Haha…you’ve got to laugh in those situations. =) I decided to go to Raw as I already paid for my ticket, and, it could be interesting.

  1. Liverpool

The other reason I didn’t want to travel to Raw is because it was in Liverpool. Travelling to this city appears to be a bad omen to me. Throughout my life, every time I go to Liverpool, something goes wrong. It’s not that I dislike Liverpool it’s just that Liverpool dislikes me. XD

  1. I was going to college (which borders Liverpool) but went to the completely wrong campus! I think the driver was taking me to the technology campus. So, I was an hour and a half late for my first college class…. Later on, it was established that I was in the wrong class. Then, it was established that I was actually in on the wrong day. So yeah… I won’t forget about that day in a hurry!
  2. My Dad was taking me to Liverpool, since he used to be the kit man for a none-league side, when we broke down… the policeman helped us, but he came up to me and said ‘this is all your fault!’ It took us a full day to travel back home.
  3. I went to Liverpool to support the Foundation Degree students by watching one of their theatrical productions. However, we got completely lost and had to turn back. We asked for directions but none of the locals knew where the performance location was… silly people.
  4. I was going to perform as the violinist at the Maritime Museum and we were going to take the train, but…the train was cancelled so we had to walk in the scorching heat, take 4 buses, one underground train, and we made it with 15 minutes to spare. We only had time for one full rehearsal.
  5. We went to the theatre to watch Jonathan Pryce in a Harold Pinter production, but the show was cancelled because he was ill…

I really hoped that this trip to WWE would break my trend. I’m sure some day Liverpool and I can settle a truce and drink a J2O like old buddies. =) …that night wasn’t going to be one of those days though, as an incident occurred. It’s a recurring joke that I bring bad luck to Liverpool, but what happened was not a funny matter.

There was a car crash on the motorway involving four cars, which in turn made the roads very busy. I felt instantly bad. I thought “they had a crash because I came to Liverpool.” Thinking rationally now, that’s not really the case. Accidents happen all the time, especially when drivers get impatient on the road. Regardless of everything, I pray that they are all safe and recovering at the speed of light.^^/

  1. WWE Monday Night Raw

We just made it with five minutes to spare. It was an absolute rush. I don’t handle travelling very well, I tend to get sick. I felt unwell to begin with, but the long journey didn’t really settle me. It unsettled me more when we had to rush to our seats, and that took a while too. A gent actually hijacked one of our seats so we had to ask him to move.

The show started pretty quickly. Well, actually, it began with WWE Superstars. Then, it went to WWE Raw. All the while I was still battling with my emotions and tried to focus on the show. The trick I used was taking photos and video clips for my Uncle. I sat on an end isle seat as I could escape whenever I want. However, the Echo arena was a very big arena and I didn’t really fancy getting lost in that building. Haha.

The biggest chants were “Where’s our network?” Apparently, this does not bode well with the WWE officials. When Raw was on TV, they edited this out as best as they could. Other bigger chants were Miz and Mizdown, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Sheamus and the crowd.

The crowd were bantering with each other. If the match bored them then they would find a way to entertain themselves. One guy held up a sign but he had that confiscated by a security gent and everyone chanted “you sold out!” The biggest boos were directed at another security guard. The bottom crowd were playing around with a beach ball during the Sheamus and Rusev match. He got heavily boo’d when he confiscated the beach ball, probably more than Cena. They chanted “you suck!”

The intro was funny, when everyone chanted “John Cena sucks” that went along with his entrance song. The UK really does have a good crowd.^^/

I didn’t join in with any of the banter as my head was really bad and I felt unwell. The sheer noise was not very pleasant, and it did detract from the Raw show somewhat.

Paige got a few standing ovations. I know I stood up and clapped, and I even went down a few steps so I could snap a good picture of her. =) I liked how Lilian Garcia sang our national anthem, it was sweet and touching. Some of the top tier crowd were booing though and chanting about the network. I thought that was disrespectful and in bad taste, but I just ignored them and listened to the anthem.

I also liked the Sting promo and Triple H making an appearance. I kept on anticipating Bad News Barrett making a sudden appearance though, and was gutted when he didn’t.

When the show finished we all darted out asap. I thought the show was ok but I was certainly glad when it was over. I would say that I’ve enjoyed last year’s Raw more, this year I somewhat lost interest in WWE and I was going through a lot this time around. I am focusing on what I enjoyed about the show though, rather than recalling what went through my mind at that moment. I know I’m talking all about it now, but I’m feeling much better and more open to talk about it. =)

  1. Going home

I was asked if I wanted to take a detour to McDonalds on the way home. I declined. It didn’t matter whether I was hungry or not, I just wanted to go home. When I got home my Dad bought me and my Mum McDonalds. I was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t know that there were any McDonalds that were open 24/7.

I’m not a fast food lover, but sometimes fast food is better than no food. 😉

THANKS FOR READING

I was spotted on TV courtesy of a close friend. It’s a blur, but my T-Shirt has made it on TV. I was spotted during Paige’s entrance. Haha. Fame at last. =D Here is the picture.^^/

Me on TV

I wasn’t going to upload this blog until I give account of the 1st Year Anniversary blog, which I plan to post on the 16th November. I’m still recovering from a very busy couple of days. However, my gut instinct told me to upload this blog right now instead of waiting.

With all that is said and done, I can finally relax. I have nothing pressing to focus on. It’s always important to remember to focus on the positive points. It can be hard at times when your head is in a mush, but it’s not impossible. And I like to think that I’m capable of doing that, even when I’m not in the best state of mind.

I endure a lot inside with my Autistic quirks but I always mask my face and feelings with a smile. =)

See you all for now.

Namaste,^^/

Ryan.

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WWE Raw Experience

Good day! I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about the time when I went to the WWE live event held in Manchester.  It was WWE Raw and I believe it was episode 1068.

 

I went with my Brother, my Brother’s partner and our good friend Cheese. If you ever see the word ‘Cheese’ in my future blogs I’m talking about the friend not the dairy product. 😉

 

The tickets were booked six months in advance so I had plenty of time to prepare mentally for this occasion. Because it was such a long time I kept forgetting about the occasion so I needed a few reminders each month. When the time actually came I was more anxious then excited…

 

We travelled by train. I’m not one for big crowds and the train we travelled on was crowded. Some people were no doubt going home from work and some were coming to watch the WWE live event, just like us four. I really didn’t like it but I always prefer trains to buses. It’s probably because my love for trains is unmatched, but also Trains have more than one carriage so it doesn’t feel so squashy.

 

Then we got out of the train and straight into the M.E.N. Arena…it was absolutely packed. I’m not exaggerating; we couldn’t walk without tripping over someone. We literally had to fight through the crowd but we also had to stick close together. Even though the space in the building was much bigger I felt more squashed because of the large and rampant crowd.

 

What made matters worse for me was the level of noise that omitted from the large crowd. One of the things I can’t stand apart from large crowds is noise. I’ve never been able to justify the reason. I’m sensitive to noise. If someone shouts at me or there’s a loud noise near me I get a very unpleasant feeling in my head. It’s not physical pain but it makes me want to run away as far as I can. So, you can probably tell from reading this that it was initially a nightmare experience for me. I tried not to let my annoyance show as everyone was in high-spirits and I’ve never been one to cause a bad atmosphere, even if I was upset.^^

 

We went into the Arena… it was quite an experience. Strangely the arena wasn’t as big as I anticipated. Perhaps it’s because the rows were divided into huge sections. Perhaps it’s because everyone was sitting down. It was similar, if I were to make a comparison, to watching a live Football match. I went last year to a Football match between Charlton Athletic [my team] and Bolton Wanderers. Because we were all sitting down, in a kind of circle and focusing our eyes on the centre it didn’t feel as big. The arena wasn’t as spacious as the Reebok Stadium but it did have that same vibe…at least for me.

 

It was a mixture of anxiousness and excitement. When the matches got under way I tried to forget about my anxiety and focus on the excitement and capturing the matches on film and photo…as well as joining in with the chants. I chanted especially for William Regal and Daniel Bryan, two of my favourite wrestlers in the WWE.

 

Watching WWE live is a heck of a lot different than watching it on TV- so I tried to focus on what was happening in the ring…rather then watch the Titantron. Haha. 😀 They filmed WWE.Com exclusive, WWE Superstars and WWE Raw events all in one night. I think I knew this but now that I know how it works it’s quite wonderful to experience something live.

 

The photo below is the panoramic view of the M.E.N. Arena. This is what WWE Raw events look like before it is aired live.

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Overall I thought the event itself was ok, but the brawl between the Shield and the Wyatt family was exciting to watch. WWE fans have been wanting it for so long so it pleases me greatly that they first came to blows in Manchester, England. ^^

 

My personal highlights of the event:

  • Antonio Cesaro holding up John Cena for a Delayed Verticle Suplex for at least 30 seconds. Perhaps this was a tribute to the British Bulldog? Since the Delayed Vertical Suplex was his signature move. Strangely though it was never shown on air on Raw that night. Shame really, because it was amazing to watch.
  • The “fight” broke out between fans dressed as Goldust and Kane. This happened during the Ryback and R-Truth match. After they started a “fight” security came and chased them away, well, chased the Goldust fan away anyway. It was hilarious to watch. I believe you can fight clips of their “fight” on YouTube. 🙂
  • Mr Bean chants.
  • Daniel Bryan and CM Punk fighting as a Tag Team.

 

Going home was very painless since we went in my Brother’s car. My brother fortunately was already in Manchester so whilst I came by train I went home via car. A very fortunate arrangement indeed.

 

The experience was sublime but if I were to go again I would think twice about taking a sign as holding a sign all night made me uncomfortable. I probably won’t ever get over the uncomfortable and painful feeling from my head and stomach in these situations- but I can deal with it if I have to. =)

 

Hope you enjoy reading my experience,

Speak soon. ^^/

Ryan