Superstar Spotlight – The Wrestling “Bucket List”
I consider myself a pretty big baseball fan, and one of my goals is to visit all 30 Major League baseball parks in operation. I’ve been to ten so far, and I already have trips planned for Chicago, Milwaukee and Cincinnati later this year. When you think about it, there are plenty of iconic things to see each in each city, like The Home Run Apple in Queens, New York. Camden Yards has the Warehouse in right field, Detroit has its tiger statues; I could go on and on but I think you get the point. Each park has its own dimensions and perks that separate it from all the others, and when you include places like the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, there are many places you can go. They have certain meaning and were at one time home to a historic or memorable event; baseball is ‘America’s Pastime.’
Don’t worry, I do have a method to my madness here, after all this is the ‘Wrestling Bucket List.’ Think about how long you have been a fan and all of the moments you have seen in person or on television. Do the buildings they took place in mean anything significant, like the Pontiac Silverdome being home to Wrestlemania III? You can’t see the WWE Hall of Fame, because it is not a physical place but you can remember all of the important matches and moments of an inductees’ career. When I was younger, I actually thought ‘Parts Unknown’ was real and believed the Undertaker really came from ‘Death Valley.’ How cool would it be if you could go to Badstreet U.S.A. or Dudleyville, or find the capital of ‘Flair Country?’ (I’ll give you Charlotte but follow me for argument’s sake.)
The point is, how exactly would you go about putting together a list of significant people, places or things? Should it be towns with good crowds, or places where a territory or wrestler started out? I think you can make it personal, and go to all the places you want, but there are some things everyone should see. A bucket list is defined as “things to do before you die,” and I think the essentials need to be important to the sport or have had a lasting impact or impression. In addition to all of the things that are in the past, you might want to attend a future show with some significance. I would like to hear your feedback and suggestions but here are a few of my nominations for the ‘Wrestling Bucket List.’
This is just a quick sample of what might be on your lists. What do you think should be included? What other fun and interesting wrestling related things have you done? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or send me a tweet @bpritchard152.