Pro wrestling, of course, which all but limits us these days to World Wrestling Entertainment, the Stamford, Ct. company that drove just about everybody else in this country in the grappling game out of biz.
Sure, sure, sure, there’s a local outfit in KCK that goes by Metro Pro Wrestling, but judging by the fact that its last known match was a “dog collar” bout last summer between two dudes named Adam Pearce and Jeremy Wyatt at Turner High School – I ask you – are they really a factor?
That was a rhetorical question; the answer obviously is no, so let’s move on.
Because since the WWE has a virtual monopoly, once again it’s raising the stakes – as in the ticket prices.
Take the February 2 match here that goes on sale December 14. Although it’s neither one of the WWE’s heavy hitter, pay-per-view bouts, nor a prestigious Monday Night Raw or Friday night Smackdown affair – it’s being marketed as a WWE VIP EXPERIENCE.
Meaning a money grab: complete with what appears to be fewer high profile mat men but pricier ducats
The company said in January it was promoting “a new dimension to their live events” called the VIP Experience.
“WWE VIP Experiences include one premium ringside or lower bowl seat, a backstage meet-and-greet and autograph opportunity with WWE Superstars, a photo with the WWE Championship Title, exclusive WWE merchandise and much more,” the WWE explains. “Please note contents vary based on VIP Experience package selected.”
Prices for the first VIP Experience packages last March ran $599 per ticketgoer for the above described package and $249 for a watered down, “enhanced” version.
The latter includes a lesser “center ring lower bowl seat,” a matted autographed superstar pic, an unidentified superstar item, limited edition event poster, commemorative VIP ticket holder and a voucher for the WWE fan booth “green screen experience” – whatever that is.
Unfortunately because the match goes down on a Sunday at 1 p.m. – effectively an off day for the WWE since it’s neither televised nor pay-per-view – it would appear that our pals up in Kevin Collison Land (Omaha) will be getting a far superior wrestling card the next day on Monday Night Raw…albeit with no VIP Experience options.
The WWE superstars listed on the company website for the KC card are CM Punk, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Ryback and Paul Heyman.
Whereas the next night Omaha gets Punk, Orton, Bryan and John Cena, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, The Wyatt Family and AJ Lee.
There’s another reason KC appears to be getting the short end of the stick.
That’s because the WWE wrestling fans in Lakeland, Florida will also be getting blessed (gouged?) with a VIP Experience there. That card stars Cena, Cody Rhodes, Gold Dust and Big E Langston – again on the same day as the KC match.
And while it may seem obvious why Cena won’t wrestling here in the Cowtown, one head scratcher remains.
How in the heck is WWE going to get Randy Orton on both the card in Florida and the one in KC, as advertised?
Stay tuned, I guess.