On 25 September, while the Bullet Club was invading Monday Night Raw in Ontario, Canada, WWE fans in El Paso, Texas were gathering for a SmackDown Live house show at the University of Texas at El Paso Don Haskins Center to see the likes of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Bobby Roode in action.
This was also quite a significant event for me personally, as it was the first time I've been able to attend a WWE event in my hometown since another house show at the same venue on 10 February 2002, the main event of which saw Chris Jericho retain his WWF Championship against Stone Cold Steve Austin via shenanigans (before Austin raised an appropriate amount of Hell to end the show on a high note.)
Needless to say, the company has changed quite a bit since then.
What hasn't changed, however, is the ability on the part of the wrestlers to put together an entertaining show, in spite of the fact that only the people in attendance will ever see it. Over the course of this three-hour live event, the WWE Universe in the Sun City were certainly given a night to remember.
A film-loving wrestling fan from west Texas who will live and die by the statement that Return of the Jedi is the best Star Wars movie and unironically cherishes the brief moment and time when Deuce & Domino were WWE Tag Team Champions. Hates honey, but loves honey mustard.