Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Another Day When The WWF Came To Town

When this post goes live, it'll be exactly (give or take a few minutes) thirty years since the bell kicked off to start off what was my second live World Wrestling Federation viewing experience.

Set in the Cardiff International Arena, the show had Bret 'Hitman' Hart successfully defend the WWF Championship against his brother - 'The Rocket' Owen Hart.

Bret had won the title six days earlier at WrestleMania X. 

He had also lost to Owen in the opening match of the March 20th 1994 event, so that more or less placed 'The Rocket' as the number one contender post-Mania X.

It was pretty cool to see that match live and in person.

WWF - March 26 1994

Unlike the December 1993 event, we didn't get to meet any of the wrestlers in the hours leading into the show. That's because they didn't stay at the hotel. Instead, the group of performers arrived at the arena shortly before the event started.

I was able to take some photos of them arriving. I particularly remember Owen Hart coming out to boos from everyone watching. He stared at us, playing up his heel character.

Bam Bam Bigelow came out and waved. As did his opponent for the night - Earthquake. I fondly remember their match because something happened in it which led to both men being unable to hold in their laughter.

It was a cool experience to see them break character for whatever reason.

My seat was immediately next to the aisleway so I was able to tap hands with many of the stars. I made a right cock up when Bret Hart was coming down. 

I had been shouting at 'Owen' when the challenger made his way down to the ring. Then, when Bret walked out, I held my hand out yelling 'Owen' at him. Bret looked at me. It felt like time had stood still as I realised the mistake, Bret laughed back as we struck hands.

My programme from the event does have a signature in it.

Before the show started, I met with the referee - Earl Hebner. He personally signed one of the initial pages in the book.

What I remember from the brief interaction with Hebner is he had a jumper on. It had a logo of the Wild Samoan wrestling school. 

It's somewhat fitting that - in a little over a week from now -descendants of that very same Samoan family will be major players at WrestleMania 40.

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