Welcome to the 20th edition of Minute Warnings, where I write anything with or without errors under time pressure.
In this case, I wrote this under 5 minutes.
So, what happened today?
I had a hard time sleeping this morning. That recurring dream about being ignored and someone I’m fond of has been eating me up day and night. It bothers me so much that I woke up way too early for WWE’s WrestleMania pre-show.
I’m not complaining about being on time for something I like. But it’s like I’m also pre-occupying my mind from the nightmare by watching good ol ‘rasslin. I mean, come on. What should I really be doing? Should I just enjoy humans grappling one another or get rid of the goddamned dream?
Anyway, WrestleMania was really enjoyable. It had 16 matches on the card, which is so long… but the good thing is that a lot of wrestlers I picked on the first Fast Forecast won! Kofi Kingston became the first black WWE Champion with no asterisks, Seth Rollins became the Beast Slayer when he pinned Brock Lesnar 1-2-3 for the Universal Championship, and Becky Lynch became a double Women’s champion in the first-ever women’s main event of the spectacle. That is amazing. Just amazing.
What the fuck am I doing? I’m on my medication while writing this one. I hope I don’t have any errors here or something. Blah, blah, oh well, whatever nevermind. Ω
One of my weaknesses when it comes to writing is make a decent pro wrestling review or prediction post. I needed to make sure that every information and every graphic is on the piece, and it can take a day to do so. But because of my day job, and then my mental health issues became worse, I really can’t make time for writing about a lot of things, let alone writing ‘rasslin.
Writin’ ‘Rasslin. Sounds like a blog segment I can do. Dibs!
But since getting confined at the hospital for two weeks, I have been writing a lot of poems and becoming more comfortable writing lengthier pieces. And then I thought, “maybe I should take another shot at predicting the match results of WrestleMania 35?” I mean it is going to happen tomorrow April 7. (That’s Sunday night in the US, and that’s April 8, Monday morning in the Philippines.)
And then I reviewed the match card, and it has 16 matches. SIXTEEN goddamned matches. Are you kidding me? I have little time to run down every buildup for every match and then have the match graphics edited within the day. It’s just impossible! (sighs)
With that in mind, let me introduce my countermeasure on such scenario: a new segment called Fast Forecast, where I list down all the matches on a Pay-Per-View event on a table format, and then highlight my predicted winner in crimson red. Sounds good? I think so. (I should have done this a long time ago though.)
Note: This piece was first written last November 22, 2017, in light of the 27th anniversary of Undertaker’s World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) debut.
Since the start of 2007, I have this pro wrestling moment booked in my head—the final curtain call of my favorite wrestler of all time The Undertaker. The fantasy match involved would change from ‘Taker in one more Hell in a Cell match to a simply brutal one-on-one sanctioned match with another company flag bearer like John Cena or even Triple H again. But the ending moment in my mind was always the same—the Deadman leaving his trademark coat, hat and gloves in the center of the ring at WrestleMania, WWE’s flagship annual show.
Last April 2 2017 (US time), the next face of the company Roman Reigns would face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33. I have a feeling that the match will be a passing of the torch from the 52-year old veteran to “The Big Dog”, but I was not prepared by how it would end. Reigns did get the torch as he would give ‘Taker his second ‘Mania loss in his career. And then the bittersweet moment I booked in my head a decade ago slowly turned into reality—he left his trademark coat, hat and gloves in the center of the ring at WrestleMania.
The moment I saw that at 12pm (Philippine time), live on the WWE Network, at the comfort of my own workstation, I cried. I really did. I don’t know if anyone in my office noticed my crying, and I don’t care if anyone did.
And as today marks the 27th anniversary of The Undertaker’s debut, let tell you why this sad/glad moment is a big deal for me.