370 Words About AEW Grand Slam [Wrasslin’ For Lunch]
I spent all afternoon in a panicked frenzy. I got hit with “A Big One”. By the time 4:00 rolled around, I was anxious to get out of the house. Although the gates opened at 5:30, we arrived before 5 and thank god we did. The line to get into the gate stretched down the entire LIRR pedestrian boardwalk. But as soon as I stepped in that line, all of my panic washed away and stayed gone. I was safe, calm, excited and among my people.
As a whole, Arthur Ashe Stadium is great for viewing wrestling. The squareness of the venue really give it a symmetrical atmosphere and the seats were extremely steep. Not Big Daddy Cool Diesel himself could obstruct my view. Everything else about the venue was ass. Tennis fans are a slender bunch, so the seats didn’t accommodate to the overweight. Sitting in those narrow seats for 5 hours was an endurance trial. Also, getting concessions or relieving said concessions was nearly impossible. I’m guessing tennis fans also don’t eat, drink or pee much.
But when we learned that the opener would be the dream match between Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega, I completely lost my shit. I don’t take the term, “losing shit”, lightly. When the bell rung and they just stood there, sizing each other up, soaking it all in, I was making noises I didn’t know I could make. I was screaming, growling, and clawing at the air. My goosebumps grew so hard that I was shivering and tears ran down my face. I had never in my life felt this way and it’s something that’ll never be easily replicated again.
We had all reached a fever pitch. We had spent so much time being told that we can’t get what we want because what we want isn’t good for their business model. We spent so much time being conditioned to accept the imperfections and cheap chicanery that comes with the art. 19,000+ skeletons leapt out of their skin before the two men even locked arms. We finally got what we wanted.
And then they put on the best performance that I will ever see in person.
The rest was pretty dope, too.