Attending a live wrestling event is very different than watching it on your TV, and this difference can be felt in any event, from the WWE house show to #WWE RAW, from the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom to ROH Final Battle.

Here are 10 things you can only notice in a #Live wrestling show!


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# 10 – The matches are less boring
The matches are more entertaining during live events, for one simple reason: the greater involvement of the fans. […]

# 9 – New situations never seen on TV
[…] For example, a new superstar attire can be tested in house shows, and it’s common to use them as a practice ground for future feuds, like it happened for the current program between Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman.

# 8 – No beach balls, only fun
The WWE has a lot of difficulties managing the hardcore section of their fans, who openly contests the decisions of Vince McMahon with choirs like “CM Punk! CM PUNK!”, “Booooring”, or even playing around with beach balls. Of course, they are paying customers so they got every right to express their disappointment in a civil manner, but at the same time they are not allowed to ruin the fun for that part of WWE Universe that is enjoying the show.[…]

# 7 – If it’s not on TV it never existed
In the early 90s, Undertaker was undefeated on TV, but he had lost many house-shows bouts against Ultimate Warrior, Sid Justice and Tito Santana. Similarly, Ultimate Warrior lost cleanly against Andre The Giant in a live event in Italy in 1988, as proved by a clip available on Youtube. Still, in a pre-Internet world the WWE was able to pretend those things never happened and continued pushing both Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior as invincible forces. […]

# 6 – Logistics is perfect
Wrestling fans are known for being very vocal and hard to please, and most of the times it looks like we love to complain about a good show way more than we’d like to admit. As Ryback once said, nobody hates wrestling as much as wrestling fans. Or in a single word, like the new Daniel Bryan would say, we are…FICKLE! […]

#5 – Better interaction
[…] Two of the wrestlers best suited for this kind of free interactions with live crowds are Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, on Youtube there are dozens of clips with the pair doing the most unexpected and funny things during house shows.

# 4 – The first rows are often not the best
If local security teams won’t do their job properly, you could witness children and other fans running towards the barriers and preventing those who paid the most expensive tickets to enjoy the show. […]

# 3 – Matches without commentary
In most cases, the commentary manages to add something and to involve fans more, and that’s especially true when the play-by-play is run by talented people like Nigel McGuinness or Mauro Ranallo in NXT.
But in other cases, the commentator can get annoying having the result of worsening the quality of the match, as it happened with Jerry Lawler commentary against Bret Hart during their 90s feud. […]

# 2 – The real situation of the business
[…] For example, a series of matches in 1991 between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair sold way less tickets than expected, so their potential main event match of Wrestlemania 8 was canceled.
Similarly, in more recent times the series of matches between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan recorded modest incomes in house shows, and so Vince McMahon decided to stop the feud after the hell in a cell bout at No Mercy 2013. […]

# 1 – Unpublished matches
[…] In the past, the first ever match between Chris Jericho and The Undertaker took place in a house show, and only later down the line it was replicated on Smackdown. Similarly, in 2002 one of the flagship matches of a series of house shows was the dream tag team of The Rock and Hollywood Hulk Hogan Vs. Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle.
More recently, the WWE has promoted a series of house shows that had as main event a 3 way match between AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura, a bout that can be easily considered a dream match for the hardcore contingent of the WWE Universe.
Still, one of the most remarkable unpublished matches from live events remains a Royal Rumble happened in 1994 inside the legendary Madison Square Garden, a 30-man bout that saw none other than the late Owen Hart emerging as the winner, for a thunderous ovation by the crowd.

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