Man does this bring me back to my childhood. For the first time, World Wrestling Entertainment will have viewings of its pay-per-view event SummerSlam in movie theaters. The event happens August 21 and normally is only seen on pay-per-view on cable television or on the WWE Network now found on the Peacock streaming service.
While it’s a first for SummerSlam, it is also a bit of a throwback to an earlier time. Back when I was a kid, pay-per-view wasn’t a thing yet. The first few WrestleMania events in the 80s were instead shows on big screens at arenas around the country on closed-circuit television. You would buy tickets just as you would for a live pro wrestling event. The environment was pretty electric so I think this idea of doing this to get people back in movie theaters is a brilliant one.
When pay-per-view came around, it was a colossal effort. You had to go the cable company and put down a deposit on a special coverter box. In later years, the process became as easy as pressing a button on your remote. But by that time, my years as a pro wrestling fan were behind me.
Geno’s pics from WrestleMania 4
I didn’t have to find a closed circuit TV spot for WrestleMania 4. Mom bought me tickets to the real thing!