It’s no secret that Monday nights in Ypsilanti aren’t usually bumping, especially in winter. Cold weather is still here, keeping people inside, which is perfect timing for ABC reality shows like “The Bachelor” to air, but what about the people who aren’t into watching shows like that?
For those not into an evening of whiney bachelorettes and wine, then pizza and pro wrestling might be a better suited combination for a fun friend filled night on campus.
WWE’s flagship show has been on TV for over 20 years and can be seen on the USA network from 8-11:07 p.m. every Monday night.
Unlike “The Bachelor” and other popular reality shows, which cater to a primarily female demographic, WWE provides entertainment to all genders. There are both male and female performers who give their best each night in and out of the ring.
Last Monday, the show visited Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for a live taping. The entire arena was filled with screaming sports entertainment fans raising the roof.
Kris Bolds, an EMU criminal justice graduate and long time WWE viewer, described being there in person as “great.”
“TV doesn’t do all of the pyro and energy of someone’s entrance any justice,” he said.
Bolds has been a fan ever since he was younger, but grew out of it once he found out it wasn’t real.
He decided to start watching it again when he noticed his eleven-year-old brother started watching it on TV. Bolds feels it’s a great way to have a “common ground” with his younger brother.
“As an adult, you come to realize that everything on TV is fake in some way, so I figured I’d much rather follow something I’ve liked most my life versus housewives of major metropolitan areas,” Bolds said.
On any given Monday at the Rec IM, you can find at least one person wearing a WWE t-shirt.
Dylan Belden, an undecided major freshman, is a huge John Cena fan. “I really like John, especially his phone prank meme.”
Unfortunately, Cena may miss this year’s Wrestlemania, so fans this year might be unable to “see” him. Wrestlemania is the WWE’s biggest event of the year, which features major guests and surprises.
WWE has made celebrity appearances an important part to its programming with guests including Kid Rock, Stephen Arnell, Flo-Rida and Donald Trump.
Although celebrities are important to the WWE, the stars of the show are definitely the wrestlers. This year’s main event is hero Romain Reigns fighting the champion Triple H. Other matches include Dean Ambrose vs. former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon.
This year’s Wrestlemania 32 will air live on PPV and the WWE network on Sunday, April 3.