The crowd in West Palm Beach for the historic teaming included their mother, who traveled from Mexico, Del Rio’s expecting wife, their 2-year-old-son and Montenegro’s girlfriend. The ladies recorded the match to show the boys’ proud father, Dos Caras. Family friend Pablo Marquez, who competes for South Florida indie group CCW, trains upstart wrestlers and spent a brief time in WWE as Babu, attended as did indie talent Dirty White Boy with his girlfriend.
Fans were excited to meet Del Rio, Montenegro and Rodriguez along with the WWE NXT superstars and divas during an autograph signing pre-show. Superfan Tye Dye Guy, a South Florida resident, also was in the crowd with his TDGsIT Brett Kaplan and Christian Abbate.
WWE NXT superstar and announcer Byron Saxton was happy to meet Tye Dye Guy. He remembered seeing Tye Dye Guy (always ringside in camera view) on television when he watched as a youth. Saxton wanted a photo with Tye Dye Guy, and Tye Dye Guy obliged. That legend grows.
The family friendly show drew between 300 and 400 people on a night when Hurricane Sandy brought wind and rain to the area.
Del Rio, Montenegro and Rodriguez signed their name for every fan and posed for photos. They spent some extra time with a physically challenged fan, making his day. WWE NXT superstars and divas also signed autographs before the event and during intermission.
• YouTube Video: Alberto Del Rio, Memo Montenegro, Ricardo Rodriguez at WWE NXT at West Palm Beach National Guard Armory in South Florida.
• Del Rio and his lovely wife are expecting a girl, their second child. They are South Florida residents, moving from Mexico after Del Rio signed with WWE.
• WWE NXT will be returning to South Florida for two shows on consecutive nights in February. One at the War Memorial Auditorium, the former SoFlo wrestling home of the original ECW in Fort Lauderdale, and the other at the Magic City Casino in Hialeah.
WWE NXT tapes shows periodically at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando. They also tour weekly throughout Florida with occasional appearances by WWE superstars and divas. A fun time for fans of all ages in a family-friendly environment, it’s well worth the price of admission.