Fans dress up, make signs, have fun at WWE Hell in a Cell in Miami

 

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

Good grades and good behavior can be very rewarding.

Just ask 10-year-old Tommy Lee Cardona.

Because of his standout efforts in school and at home, his father, Thomas, and uncle, Carlos, took him to his first live WWE event -- the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

A nice reward for the big WWE fan. Here’s where the story gets bigger.

Tommy Lee doesn’t live in Miami or Fort Lauderdale nor West Palm Beach, Fort Myers or the Keys. He’s not from upstate or even another state.

Tommy Lee lives in Puerto Rico. His dad said this was not a family vacation, business trip nor relative meet. It was all about Tommy Lee experiencing a live WWE event.

The young fan watches Raw and SmackDown each week on television in Puerto Rico. He couldn’t believe the surprise, when he learned he owned tickets for WWE Hell in a Cell. A veteran show watcher, he knows WWE Universe protocol, making plenty of signs for the show. He supported CM Punk, Ryback, Los Matadores (with El Torito) and of course John Cena.

Kids love John Cena. He is like a superhero to them.

YouTube video - Thomas and Tommy Lee

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBZ9kobvwsU

• The Phenom, The Undertaker is another fan favorite. Where John Cena is adored by women and kids, Undertaker is admired by all, especially Miami’s Raul Haddock.

YouTube video - Raul Haddock

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvIBHE12gZQ

• Greg and Denise of Coral Springs made the event a family outing, and speaking of signs, their kids, Amanda, Max and Noah, made some of their own. Amanda proposed a novel idea for a Daniel Bryan sign, wording ‘Yes’ in different languages. They also designed signs for AJ Lee and John Cena. The AJ Lee sign -- with red, black and spider -- had a Halloween feel.

YouTube video - Amanda, Max, Noah

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGQx2QPsccY

• Tony Yannuzzi of Palm Beach Gardens designed a nice Daniel Bryan sign, complete with ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and beard. Katie Faro made sure he brought the sign. Security politely took his sign because it would have blocked the camera. He understood and retrieved the sign after the show. After the show, security even asked if his sign was returned.

YouTube video - Katie Faro and Tony Yannuzzi

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI2xv6nmgyQ

During the show, one of the Usos tossed his pink Rise Above Cancer T-shirt which supports Breast Cancer Awareness via the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. A happy young fan caught it near ringside. Like a college football on an extra point that lands in the crowd, that shirt had to be returned. WWE caters to its fans, so someone from the company returned a few minutes later and gave the girl a bag of John Cena memorabilia and an autographed Rise Above Cancer T-shirt. She was very happy.

• Tye Dye Guy, Tye Dye Guy, Tye Dye Guy.

Of course the WWE superfan was there, ringside in camera view.

His able bodied assistant TDGIT Christian Abbate and their friend Brett Kaplan accompanied him.

YouTube video - Tye Dye Guy and friends

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QT9yl2K3QY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXPS7q8SdG0

• The indie wrestler from Orlando who dressed as Bret the Hitman Hart during WrestleMania 28 Week in Miami returned in Hitman attire for the show.

• Atom and Half Head (that’s what they go by) buy into The Shield. They are unofficial fan club members of The Wyatt Family. Fear the sheep.

YouTube video - Atom and Half Head

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Guuaw6iJqXI

• Michael and Miranda Anstett of Fort Lauderdale brought their parents, John and Laura, to the show. It marked their third time at WWE live. Miranda likes John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton, and Michael likes Cody Rhodes and Goldust.

• Veteran viewer Vance Gardner of Miramar painted his face red and black just for Hell in a Cell. He also sported some Daniel Bryan/Brock Lesnar type knee pads and carried both belts -- WWE and World titles. He is a fan of The Rock, Undertaker, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena and Daniel Bryan.

YouTube video - Vance Gardner

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Buu5jT-hA

• Bruce Couch of Hollywood wore his yellow GTS T-shirt, supporting CM Punk. This marked his sixth WWE show live. He also cheers Daniel Bryan and hopes the bearded wonder gets a chance to fight Triple H.

• Cody from Miramar is a young fan, and he likes the Show Off Dolph Ziggler. Cody is already beating dad, who knows a little something about pro wrestling. Don’t know if their matches are ‘a work or a shoot,’ but I’m sure old school wrestling fans and old school wrestlers like those terms.

YouTube video - Cody

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS98c5Ebd7s

• Attending his first live WWE event, Matthew Hughart of West Palm Beach noted he has all the WWE DVDs. His dad, Ronnie, took him. He’s been promising for two years, and what better event to do it than a WWE pay-per-view. Matthew is a fan of Daniel Bryan and John Cena. He really likes Shawn Michaels.

• A lifelong WWE fan, Joe Martino of Hollywood is a student at Miami’s Florida International University, majoring in sports management. He would love the opportunity to work behind the scenes for WWE someday but for now he is on the other side, cheering from the seats. Sylvia Keefer of Hallandale dressed in a she devil outfit to get in the Hell in a Cell mood.

Another lifelong, Sylvia is a fan of CM Punk, Randy Orton, Triple H, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Martino likes Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and especially Shawn Michaels.

When Joe saw HBK on TV he was hooked. Sylvia remembers having a poster on her wall when The Heartbreak Kid posed for “Playgirl.” Not everyone is an HBK fan. When her dad saw it, he ripped it off the wall.

YouTube video - Sylvia Keefer and Joe Martino

Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21rgYaMyRJU

• WWE returns to Miami for a house show on Friday, Jan. 31 at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

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