In Miami For Wrestlemania, Met Ric Flair, Tag Team Titles

I don’t have a Smackdown analysis this week because I flew into Miami yesterday morning and was out on the town when the show aired. From what I read, there was just two matches – Zack Ryder vs. Drew McIntyre and Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston (both of which I read were good) – one promo from the Big Show about his Intercontinental Championship match against Cody Rhodes and a lot of hype and promo about Wrestlemania from the Axxess event.

As for me, I got to meet the 16-time world champion, the Nature Boy Ric Flair, yesterday. I had a connecting flight from Charlotte to Miami and he was on that flight sitting in first class. Every time he got up to go to the bathroom (which was a lot for a two-hour flight) the entire plane would “Woooo!” and he would do it right back. I talked to some people sitting in first class with them and they all said he was very accommodating and even took time to talk to a Make A Wish kid who was on the plane. After everyone got off the plane I raced to baggage claim in the hopes that I would see him and sure enough he was sitting on a bench signing autographs. I saw a limo driver with a WWE sign waiting at baggage claim, so I went to wait for my luggage and made the right move because Flair would not take any pictures while signing autographs on the bench but was happy to take one with me while waiting for our bags. The photo is on my camera so I’ll post it with the rest of my photos after the trip.

The only other thing I want to address before Sunday’s show is the announcement that the Tag Team Championships will be on the line in the dark match of Wrestlemania, putting champions Primo & Epico  vs. The Usos and Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel (who apparently formed a tag team on WWE Superstars this past week). While I wish the titles were on the line on the main card, I’m thrilled that at the very least it is the dark match (and being streamed live for free on instead of a massive battle royal featuring everyone who isn’t on the card. I predict that Primo & Epico retain the titles but hopefully, no matter who wins, this is the beginning of the re-invigoration of the entire division.

About Micah Kleid

I am what you call a WWE Super Fan. I have been a fan since 1991, when I was 10 years old, with the first pay-per-view I ever saw being Survivor Series of that year when The Undertaker made his debut. From that moment I was hooked and I never looked back. Now, over 20 years later, I watch Raw and Smackdown every week, I attend nearly every pay-per-view that comes to Baltimore and I travel fairly extensively for live shows, including every Wrestlemania 18 and then every one since Wrestlemania 23. But, despite being a Super Fan, I am still critical of the product and, like many fans, feel I could turn things around in less than a year if they would hire me as a member of the creative team. So this that won't happen, this blog was born instead.
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