Unique experience with John Cena; signing a must for some WWE fans in Miami

 

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

World Wrestling Entertainment made a visit to Miami, and fans welcomed the WWE superstars and divas with cheers, jeers, masks, belts and home-made signs scattered throughout the AmericanAirlines Arena.

It was a house show (no TV) as part of WWE’s Road to WrestleMania Tour.

Mask wearing Michael Fernandez and Lucas Mari of Boca Raton are John Cena fans as evident by their signs. Their first WWE show live, they saved all their money for tickets. Super excited described their feelings.

Daniel and Ethan of Hallandale also made a John Cena sign. Plenty of support for Cena by the youth movement.

Daniel Blitz, who wore a mask and made a Goldust sign, traveled with his family from Fort Myers. Quite the trip.

Making an even longer trek to see the show, Griffin Clare came from out of state, and the journey was well worth it.

A young fan from Atlanta, Griffin not only dressed like John Cena but also ran to the ring with him during Cena’s introduction for the main event. In the ring, they ran the ropes together, threw their hats to the crowd simultaneously and did the Cena hand-sign.

Cena is Griffin’s favorite WWE superstar, and it is truly a life-long memory. After the match, Cena tossed his armband to Griffin, seated front row with his family. The Clares were the highest bidders for the unique experience during a Hurricane Sandy (Superstars For Sandy) benefit auction.

Cena battled WWE World champion Randy Orton for both belts.

In another battle of the belts (pre-show), Jeremiah Butler of West Palm Beach held the World title, and Jose Nieves of Pembroke Pines displayed the WWE title. A glare-off the result as each retained his title.

There’s more.

Raul Haddock of Little Havana dressed as Kane. Elizabeth Massani of Hialeah as AJ Lee, and Tye Dye Guy as Tye Dye Guy, of course.

• WWE’s biggest show of the year, WrestleMania, the Super Bowl of pro wrestling/sports entertainment, celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sunday, April 6 from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Visit http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/

• The WWE Network debuts Monday, Feb. 24 after Monday Night Raw.

Visit http://www.wwe.com/wwenetwork

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