South Florida residents Ubaldo Ubi Hernandez and Walker Underwood were the grand prize winners -- each winning a Macho Man Randy Savage jersey, complimentary parking and ringside seats to the BB&T Center -- for the WWE SmackDown TV tapings on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Sunrise, near Fort Lauderdale.
In honor of the late, great Macho Man Randy Savage being announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015, South Florida residents emailed a photo of themselves dressed like the Macho Man or a video doing their best Macho Man Randy Savage imitation.
Two grand prize winners were chosen by random drawing. Courtesy of WWE, each winner received two ringside tickets and a Macho Man Randy Savage jersey. The BB&T Center provided one parking pass for each winner.
Hernandez, a Doral resident, took Jessica Cespedes to the show.
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“The first thing I did when I found out about winning the contest was email Jessica, sending her a screen shot that we won,” said Hernandez, a fan of The Rockers and The Ultimate Warrior. “I was super thrilled about it.”
Jessica said: “This reminds me of my childhood. My co-workers and friends used to call me Lita because of my hair, and I love the Undertaker’s entrance. It is so awesome and still gives me goosebumps.”
Underwood, 12, of Lighthouse Point, constantly asked his mom, Georgia, if she received an email about the contest results.
“When I did, and she told me I won, I started yelling,” he said. “I thought I had a chance, a good chance.”
It took Underwood 10 takes to get his video ready for entry.
After the 10th try, he told his mom, “I think that’s the good one.”
Underwood, a Stone Cold Steve Austin fan, was accompanied to the show by his dad, Brandon, a fan of The Rock.
There were also 10 runners-up, each receiving two lower level tickets and a Macho Man jersey.
Everyone loves the Macho Man Randy Savage, a great character. Impersonating him is honoring him and also fun.
All photos and videos were eligible to be shown via YouTube and MiamiHerald.com.
The contest was only open to South Florida residents, and kids entering were required to have permission from an adult family member.
One entry per person. Winners were notified via email.
Road To WrestleMania Includes SoFlo
- The Road to WrestleMania traveled through South Florida as the WWE SmackDown tapings occurred at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, near Fort Lauderdale.
WWE SmackDown was Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the BB&T Center, home to the NHL Florida Panthers. That SmackDown was broadcast 8 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 19 on Syfy.
It was eight years since WWE SmackDown visited the Panthers’ home ice, and it marked the final WWE TV show before the inaugural WWE Fast Lane pay-per-view, which is Sunday, Feb. 22 on WWE Network.