April 6, 2009
Bob Kapur's Twitterish Mania report: Day 2
By "Bloodthirsty" BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling

The set of Wrestlemania 25. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

HOUSTON - Ever the techno wrestling geek, Bob Kapur filed his report Twitter-style, giving you short bursts of his wacky life as he heads into Wrestlemania on Sunday, with cabs, t-shirts and cell phones on the agenda.

Sun, Apr 5, 8:35am (Houston time) -- Start the day with a hotel lobby breakfast. Thereís a waffle maker there, but no batter. Bigger screwjob than Survivor Series 97.

Sun, Apr 5, 9:29am -- Take a vote with my traveling buddies. Not going to Axxess. Instead, will take in some of the local sites. Head to a Texas flea market.

Sun, Apr 5, 10:53am -- There must be a "One Way" sign factory in Houston -- theyíre everywhere! Driving in this town is harder than watching a Ricky Ortiz match.

Sun, Apr 5, 11:19am -- Village Traders Market is the greatest place on earth. Acres of rednecky goodness. Ooh, a corn dog and turkey leg stand! Lunch time!

Sun, Apr 5, 11:36am -- This tent has the biggest collection of knockoff "Beany Babeez" ever. Itís next to a stand that sells wrenches, keychains, and mangos.


Sun, Apr 5, 11:47am -- Buy 6 packs of WWE cards for 2 bucks. I think theyíre counterfeit. Why do I think so? The picture of Sonjay Dutt on the front is a hint.

Sun, Apr 5, 11:59am -- Really, who buys a toilet from out of a tent? Apparently this guy in the "F*** yíall, Iím from Houston" shirt. His wife looks thrilled.

Sun, Apr 5, 12:20pm -- Call into the Monday Night Mayhem radio show. With roaming charges, that callís going to cost me $80. SLAM! will get the bill.

Sun, Apr 5, 12:33pm -- "Highlander" Rory McAllister is on the call as well. It was stupid of WWE to let those guys go. They never got a fair shake in my view.

Sun, Apr 5, 1:59pm -- Some more sightseeing. This time, a Target, where I got the Chainsaw Charlie legends figure, and Best Buy for some wrestling DVDs.

Sun, Apr 5, 3:48pm - Searched the city for the BBQ place recommended by one of the ROH staffers. The name is Goode BBQ. It should be called Just Okaye BBQ.

Sun, Apr 5, 5:05pm -- Go back to my buddyís hotel to park the car, as we decide to walk to the building, about 4km. After 10 minutes, we tap out and get a cab.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Realize I forgot my phone at the hotel. Thatís what I use instead of a watch. So times are unknown at this point.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm - Another day, another merch table. My credit card is taking a beating. Obama could bail out GM with what I spent on t-shirts this weekend.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Head to my seat. Last week, my buddy Noel scored us floor seats when the new block of tix were released. This is gonna be awesome.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Sitting three seats to my left is Bruce "Brother Love" Pritchard. Mean Street Posse sighting -- Pete Gas is sitting in the next section over.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- The tag match is dark. Really shows where tag team wrestling is prioritized in WWE. Sad, especially the day after inducting the Von Erichs.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- I canít stand the people around me. The guy behind me squeals like a girl. The people in front keep standing up and blocking my view. Jerks.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- MitB match was a great opener. Insane moves all over the place. Too many highlights to pick the star of the match, but safe to say not Kane.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Jimmy Snuka was a childhood hero of mine, so to see him in the ring again -- Iíve got goosebumps. And wow, Steamboat looks great in there.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- HBK and Taker was everything the match should have been and more. A heck of a roller coaster ride. I feel like Iím ten years old again.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Orton and HHH started off with them exchanging finishers and not trying for the pin. That reminds me of some bad indy shows Iíve been to.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Not pleased with the main event. Seemed overly self-indulgent for HHH, and wasnít compelling. Crowd turned on it, starting a wave midway.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Crowd thinning out, but we have to wait until they initial my ticket stub to prove that I get to keep my souvenir chair.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Mark-out moment! While waiting for my chair, a WWE staffer let me get a picture wearing Jerry Lawlerís crown (heíd left it at the desk).

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Sign Guy (not the Dudley, but rather the superfan in the blue shirt and red hat) is signing autographs for fans. I politely decline.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- They say itís a 3-hour wait for a cab. We walk to a main road and scoop one while the suckers who play by the rules sit and wait. We rule.

Sun, Apr 5, ???pm -- Cabbie says he moved from New Orleans due to Katrina. Makes you think. Iím thinking about going to Extreme Rules PPV in New Orleans in June.

Mon, Apr 6, 1:11am -- Drop off Noel and his cousin at their hotel, then me and Doug make our way back to our hotel outside of town. Day 2 a complete success.

RELATED LINKS

  • Bob Kapur's Twitterish Mania report: Day 1
  • More on Wrestlemania 25
  • Wrestlemania 25 photo galleries

    Bob Kapur's ramblings will continue this weekend from Houston as he heads to Raw on Monday.


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