Tampa was supposed to be the home of WrestleMania this weekend. Raymond James Stadium was where WWE was set to present its version of the Super Bowl. But with the darn coronavirus messing up our lives, it just wasn’t meant to be. Instead the WWE will present the show from their training center in Orlando without an audience. My buddy and I had 10th row seats for WrestleMania at Ray Jay. It would’ve been my first WrestleMania since 1988!
Yup! I was there when Sarasota’s own “Macho Man” Randy Savage won the World Wrestling Federation championship. I got to see Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and celebrities galore like Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White, Gladys Knight, and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach.
That ticket stub you see up there? Guess who was sitting in our section? Yes, that says Row C! 3rd row on the floor. Sitting about 30 feet away from us was some real estate guy named Donald Trump. Wonder whatever happened to him.
Before I ever wanted to be a radio DJ, my plan was to be a pro wrestler. All us kids in the neighborhood had our own little version of the WWF. We’d videotape our matches and make a TV show out of it. We learned the moves. One of my buddies stuck with it and actually made it to the WWE. I eventually grew out of it, especially when I realized radio was my thing.