This Past Weekend was Wrestlemania, the Super Bowl of Wrestling where fans all across the world come to the host city and indulge in all things pro wrestling. From conventions to numerous independent shows, and of course the main show. Right in the middle of the festivities is WaleMania, a annual concert now in it's fifth year held by renowned wrestling fan, rapper Wale. I've attended the last two WrestleMania's and this was my first WaleMania, after attending I had to ask myself why the hell did I miss the last couple of WaleManias?
Held at Sony Hall in New York City, The show started as a live podcast from the WrassleRap crew interviewing Joshua Williams of Wrestle N' Flow, Charly Caruso from WWE and ESPN, ROH wrestler Kenny King, legend MVP, WWE commentators Corey Graves and Vic Joseph, WWE wrestlers Richochet and Lio Rush and many many more guests. After a toast was held for the guest of honor 5x Champion Booker T. who showed his support for Kofi Kingston and proclaimed he'd been waiting to pass the torch "For a long motherfucking time.", things went a bit "left" as WrassleRap cohost Kaz mentioned and the party began.
The concert portion began featuring performances by Flex Kartel, G4 Boyz, ADE, even former Young Gunner Young Chris made a appearance to spit some bars. Smoke DZA and Westside Gunna who are huge wrestling fans much like Wale also performed. When The New Day made a appearance the crowd went into overdrive with KofiMania.
The party went on until 3 in the morning and it seemed like a who's who of professional wrestlers from various promotions and rap artist were in the building. WaleMania is a perfect combination of the wrestling and hip hop culture, showing both cultures equal love and appreciating everyone in the building, a very diverse crowd that was all bought together by their love of wrestling and hip hop. Despite as both Wale and Wrassle Rap cohost Kaz mentioned the haters and their usual shtick of "that shit fake".
I'm so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone and attended WaleMania, it definitely was a experience and I can see why it has gotten bigger every year. To be able to party with people who love the same thing you do, as well as mingle with rappers and wrestlers in relaxed settings is worth the price of admission. Hell Wale even showed some wrestling skills hitting Cryme Tyme member Shad Gaspard with a stone cold stunner. It truly is the perfect marriage of Hip Hop and Wrestling even if it's for one night. WaleMania VI is next year in Tampa and I'm already putting the event in the books to be there, if your planning to be in Tampa you'll want to be there too.
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