The WWE Brings Tables, Ladders, Chairs and More to Houston
There's nothing quite like professional wrestling in the world of entertainment. In it you see the thrill of sports, the larger than life personalities of comic books, and the storytelling of soap operas, and while it shares things with each of those forms of entertainment, it remains its own beast.
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Sunday night the WWE was back in Houston, and for the first time in three years they were broadcasting a pay-per-view from the Toyota Center. The TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs PPV provides an interesting snapshot of the WWE as it's the last major show of 2013 and the final PPV before the company gears up for The Road to Wrestlemania, the series of shows that will end with their biggest show of the year: Wrestlemania 30, taking place in New Orleans next April. Scheduled to feature the biggest match in WWE history, Hair Balls was at the Toyota Center last night. Here are five things we took away from the show.
5. The WWE Experience is both bigger and smaller in real life.
When you first walk into an arena set up for wrestling, it's easy to be underwhelmed. Before the cameras come on, the pyro goes off and the wrestlers head down to the ring, it's easy to look at the scene and think, "It looks so much bigger on TV."
But then those things do happen, and more. It takes a lot of people to bring a WWE event to life, and while it makes sense to focus primarily on what goes on in the ring, it's just as impressive to see the number of folks it takes behind the cameras to keep things running. At home you may appreciate the size of the action, but in person you appreciate the size of the endeavor.
4. Wrestling has its own set of logic you just have to accept.
Consider the ladder match: The goal is to climb a ladder and retrieve whatever is hanging above the ring. Simple goal, simple solution. You would think that professional athletes would have no problem simply climbing a ladder, but this is professional wrestling and things are never that simple.
And that's okay. Yes, it's a bit absurd that grown men in the prime of their careers suddenly have the cardio and the strength of 90-year-olds the second a ladder comes out. Yeah, it doesn't make sense logically that when they're in a position to grab the belts they sometimes jump off the ladder to attack their opponent instead. Sometimes the story being told is more important than real-world logic. Or maybe being bad at climbing ladders is a professional requirement.
3. Wrestling audiences are great at spontaneous creativity.
After the above moment, the crowd began a very loud "that was creepy" chant, which is to my knowledge the first time a crowd has ever chanted that. It totally was, for the record.