Calvin in America: NXT Wrestling

By Calvin Li

NXT is the developmental division of the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, and I’m one of people who were fortunate enough to be part of the first time ever NXT Road Trip stop in Seattle.
“The following match is scheduled for one fall!”
I was just holding my breath, and making sure my eyes were open so I wouldn’t miss a second of what’s going to happen. Then boom! A super familiar theme song hit, the theme song of one of my favourite NXT superstars – No Way Jose.
Man do that dude’s got charisma.
Dancing during his entrance, he hyped up the crowd. And just when you thought the crowd couldn’t get any louder, he took off his shirt and revealed the Russell Wilson jersey that he was wearing underneath. The crowd went even crazier and oh man! What a way to start things off!
There were a total of eight matches. My favourite is the main event, where former champ Finn Balor – my idol – took on the current champ Samoa Joe. I’m a huge fan of a wrestling faction “Bullet Club.” In fact, I was wearing their T-Shirt and jacket that day and I own pretty much all their merchandise. Finn Balor is the founder of the faction so I have a lot of love and respect for him.
The match was awesome and it left me speechless and I just knew I had to go home with an autograph of Balor. The best part about the autograph is he signed it while breathing the same air with me(yes I’m a little fan boy). I also felt like the last bullet club signature “Too Sweet” hand gesture that Balor did to the crowd was for me!
The Seattle crowd was great and we all chanted loud and proud. I couldn’t even tell you how awesome it felt to be able to do all the chants that I’m so familiar with with a real crowd instead of just yelling in front of my laptop alone.
Lastly, I just want to say thank you to NXT. Thank you for giving this kid the best night of his life; thank you for showing him the best wrestling matches in the world; and thank you for making this kid realising that there is nothing more he wants to do for the rest of his life than to become the best wrestler in the world.