Everybody knows the story by now, so rather than pick a billion holes in WWE's "security threat" fantasy regarding the switch from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to the smaller Sports Arena, it's perhaps worth reflecting with some fondness on what made the show great again in spite of the arena swap.
Decked out in Betsy Ross flags and a luxurious WrestleMania logo co-opting the red, white and blue colour scheme, the venue at least looked the part even if it didn't quite capture Vince McMahon's grand vision of somehow going even bigger than his iconic 1987 Detroit masterpiece.
His wailing promo for the event a year earlier promised a triple figure attendance he wouldn't be able to deliver for another two decades, but who could have known that America would be at war within months of that grand proclamation? Or that said war would trigger the worst of his promotional instincts? Or that said war would be over before he could deliver a payoff to his petty creation?
His golden goose was cooked, and The Golden Era was over...
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We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.