By RJ Marceau
Hi guys, I am on an article rampage so I decided to talk about my WWE background. I started watching WWE in 2002 by mistake. Every Sunday after football on Sundays I use to go up to my room and watch Cops on Spike TV. After Cops I would usually play PS2 or go to bed since I was 8 years old. One night I decided to watch the next program after Cops, which was Sunday Night Heat. Unaware of what was going on I watched the hour-long program. It was the Heat edition leading up to the Royal Rumble that night at 8. The one person that caught my eye was Kane. He was being hyped up as the front-runner to win the Royal Rumble. He was scary but was a super hero monster in my mind.
I didn’t watch the 2002 Rumble because I didn’t understand the whole PPV concept and they plugged Raw for the next night so I knew I would be able to watch it on Monday. After staying up to watch Raw the next night I was hooked. The next month I watched my first WWE PPV No Way Out. It was a historic night with the debut of the NWO. Chris Jericho defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin and HHH defeated Kurt Angle to become the #1 contender for the WWF Championship.
The Ruthless Aggression era was a perfect time for me to be a fan with stars like Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, The Rock, Undertaker, HHH and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Also with the emergence of future stars like Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and John Cena. As a kid I only had one friend that liked the WWE. He eventually grew out of the WWE phase but I continued to love the industry. When I was younger my favorite wrestlers were Rey Mysterio, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. Cena was cool when he was the rapper but at a young age when he became a huge main event player I lost interest.
Throughout the years, I have attended multiple Raw and SmackDown/ECW shows. SmackDown was my favorite brand during the brand split due to Batista, Undertaker, John Cena, Mysterio, Eddie and Orton. These guys helped make the blue brand important and very competitive with Monday Night Raw. My first PPV was Armageddon '05 with Rey Mysterio and Batista vs. Big Show and Kane. The show's main event was Undertaker vs. Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell match. Other shows I have attended throughout the years are SummerSlam '06, Backlash '09, Royal Rumble '11, WrestleMania XXX, Money in the Bank '14 and SummerSlam '15. I plan on attending TLC in Boston in December as well. Survivor Series is a PPV that I consider one of my favorite ppvs and want to attend one in the future.
The worst years since being a fan were between 2010-2012. WWE in my opinion failed to produce new stars and for someone who had been a fan for 8 years saw old stars like Mysterio and Orton dwindling. I needed a new favorite superstar that was young and could become the future of the WWE. In 2012, when The Shield debuted I knew Seth Rollins would become my new favorite. Rollins had a great look, move set but I was afraid Reigns and Ambrose might overshadow him if they eventually split. Daniel Bryan emerged as a new top star through the years and it was amazing to be at WrestleMania XXX live to witness his big moment. It was also amazing to be at SummerSlam 2015 to witness Rollins win the United States and WWE World Heavyweight Championship. As of now my favorite 3 superstars on the active roster are Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Bray Wyatt.
Now that you know a little bit more about my WWE background you can see my passion and love for the business. This also helps explain why I always talk about my favorite superstar Seth Rollins in majority of my articles.