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Royal Rumble 2018

Besides WrestleMania, Royal Rumble is one of my favorite WWE pay per view (PPV) events of the year. This year was even more exciting because they had the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match! Shinsuke Nakamura won the Men’s Royal Rumble, while Asuka won the Women’s Royal Rumble.

I had been rooting for Finn Balor to win the Men’s Royal Rumble, but I was okay with Nakamura winning. However, I was pretty disappointed to see Asuka win the Women’s Royal Rumble. I was really hoping Naomi or Nia Jax would win. I would have also been happy if Becky Lynch or Sasha Banks had won.

During the Women’s Royal Rumble match, so many old school wrestlers came out. Some of those were Hall of Fame wrestlers like Beth Phoenix, Lita, Trish Stratus, etc. A lot of NXT wrestlers showed up as well including one of my favorites, Ember Moon. I was really happy to see Brie Bella! She retired in 2016 to start a family. I am hoping she comes back to WWE soon. I know a lot of WWE fans really don’t like her or her sister Nikki Bella but I do. My sister is a huge Nikki Bella fan.

One of my least favorite matches in Royal Rumble was the triple threat match that took place between Brock Lesnar, the defending Universal Champion, Braun Strowman, and Kane. Unfortunately, Brock Lesnar won. I hate the fact that he has been champion for so long. He rarely shows up on Monday Night Raw and only defends his title in PPV events. I would rather see someone like Finn Balor hold that title or even Braun Strowman. I just want to see somehow who regularly has to defend his title and shows up to Monday Night Raw, the way The Miz is constantly defending his Intercontinental title.

Sheamus and Cesaro defended their Tag Team titles against Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan. During the match, Jordan was hurt and Rollins had to compete alone. He lost and Sheamus and Cesaro retained their Tag Team titles.

There were many other matches that took place, but these are the main ones that caught my attention. The next WWE PPV will be Elimination Chamber, which will only be for Monday Night Raw wrestlers. This PPV will take place on February 25, 2018.

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Looking Back at 2017

A lot of people say 2017 was a bad year, but for me personally 2017 was a great year! Here are a few things that happened in 2017.

Graduated from Cal State LA with a bachelors degree in history
After so many years of going to school, both back in community college and Cal State LA, i could finally say I got my degree. It was tough at times, going to work part time and going to school full time. To make things harder, I didn’t have a car for most of my college years, which meant i was usually going to school and work on the bus. It took me a little longer than I had expected to get my degree, but better later than never right?

Got a job at my local gym
In August I decided that I needed to get a second job because I wasn’t getting enough hours at the supermarket where I was cashier. So i decided to apply to a few local areas. Someone I knew from the gym where I have been going since 2016 told me they were hiring there. I decided to give it a shot even though I felt there was no way they would hire me. I was wrong. Within two weeks of Applying, I got hired! I was so happy. For three months, I worked both jobs. It was hard at times, but I decided to stick with it. At the end of 2017, I decided two jobs was two much and I needed to pick one job. My choice was easy. I picked the local gym.

Which brings me to this major thing i did in 2017. I finally left the job I had for 5 years.
This was pretty scary, not going to lie. I was not happy at this job, I spent all year being miserable, but I was too scared to quit. I had originally planned to quit in May after my graduation, then I decided summer I would get more hours so I Should stay a little longer. then decided I would quit in September, that didn’t happen either. I said I would quit around Thanksgiving, that didn’t happen either. I finally said that I would quit December 31, and i didn’t want to keep postponing it. I gave the manager my two weeks notice on December 15, 2017, the whole process was easier than I had expected. December 31, 2017 was my last day and it was a really long 8 hour shift. Before I quit, they gave me a certificate for being there five years. It was bittersweet. On one hand, I was happy to be getting away from retail life and rude, demanding, self entitle customers, but I will miss the friends that I made while working there.

I ran my first marathon
I never thought I would one day be able to run 26.2 miles, but on my 26th birthday, I decided I wanted to celebrate turning 26 years old in a big way, so that’s when I decided to run a marathon. My first ever marathon was in Long Beach, California and it took me about 5 hours and 17 minutes to finish. it took me four months to train for it. I thought this would be my only marathon ever, but I signed up for the LA Marathon, March 2018, and I am currently training for that.

Went to Orlando for the first time to attend Wrestlemania
I went with my friend Giovanna. We have gone to Portland, Oregon, Washington DC, and now Orlando together. We went to Universal City Walk, where I had the best tasting milkshake ever, red velvet with a red velvet cake. Yum! We also went to Universal Studios, where we went on so many rides and got to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I tried butterbeer for the first time. Besides Wrestlemania, we also went to Monday Night Raw, NXT Takeover, and the WWE Hallf of Fame. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I had so much fun. We got to meet a few wrestlers at one of the events, inclduing Baron Corbin and R Truth. Wrestlemania was amazing. Our seats were so close. We got to see Undertaker retire, Seth Rollins vs Triple H, Hardy Boyz make their return, John Cena propose to Nikki Bella, and many other things.

Went to Las Vegas
I had never been to Las Vegas, which is crazy because I am 26 years old and most people go there for their 21st birthday. I never had much interest. Until I decided to run the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon and 5k. I went with my mom, grandpa, and three of my sisters. My mom drove us there and it took forever to get there. I had fun there, i didn’t gamble once, but i did have fun walking around and trying the all the different drinks. One of my favorite things that I did was getting on the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel.

Visited San Francisco twice
The first time was with my family, my mom, three sisters, and brother. We did all the touristy things, like visit the Golden Gate Bridge and the Full House/Fuller House house. We ate crepes and clam chowder, which was super good. The second time I went, it was only with my grandpa and my sister Destiny. I went to run the San Francisco Half Marathon. It was one of my best races. I can’t wait to go back to San Francisco this year. It is a much nicer place than i ever thought. It is one of my top favorite places to run.

Went to a Tim McGraw concert
Tim McGraw is by far one of my favorite country singers. I had the chance to see him and his wife Faith Hill in concert at the Staples during the summer. I loved it. It was so great seeing them. I was so happy when they announced they would be coming back in 2018, I have to see them again. I also discovered a new singer whose music I love. Her name is Rachel Platten and I feel like her song Fight Song is my theme song in life! Haha

Watched my two favorite soccer teams play each other
Went to the Coliseum in Downtown LA with my sister Angelina to watch Real Madrid vs Manchester City. Manchester City won, but it was fun just seeing them. While I was there, I ran into my friend from work and his friend, who is a manager at my old job.

These are the major things that happened in 2017. I was also blessed to meet people who I now consider my friends, I lost a couple friends, but made new ones. I spent time with my family, boyfriend, and friends. Hope 2018 is just as good or even better than 2017 was!

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Florida and Wrestlemania 33

I used to say that I would never go to Florida. Sure they have Disney World and Universal Studios (which is bigger than the one we have here in California), but every time there’s a story on the news about a gruesome murder of something crazy happening, it’s usually in Florida. Also, Florida has hurricanes there. Lastly, Florida is a red state, so I thought I would be uncomfortable and out of place there because of my ethnicity. But I ended up changing my mind when my friend told me that Wrestlemania 33 was going to be in Florida. It sounded fun so I had to go. This was my last spring break of college and a little graduation present to myself. We had planned this trip since October 2016 and we couldn’t wait for April to get here.

We left on Thursday night from California, around 1030/11pm. We got to Florida on Friday morning, 6am their time. We checked in to our hotel and fell asleep. We had planned to see Charlotte and get out pictures taken with her, but unfortunately we got there too late. We went to eat at IHOP. Later on we went to the WWE Hall of Fame. It was weird seeing all the WWE Superstars all dressed up and with their wives or husbands and boyfriends or girlfriends. We saw Roman Reigns, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Jericho, pretty much all the wrestlers. Our seats were pretty good. We sat near the entrance where they passed by.

Saturday was Wrestlemania Axxess. We went to two sessions and got to meet a few WWE Superstars and get pictures with them. The five people that I took pcs with were R-Truth, Mark Henry, Cedric Alexander, Curt Hawkins, and Baron Corbin. I didn’t get my favorite though, Roman Reigns, because it costs $190 to get his autograph since he was a premium vip. Maybe next year. There were so many people there! Lines were at least an hour or more each. I bought myself a Roman Reigns pin and an autographed Roman Reigns picture.

Sunday was Wrestlemania. In the morning, I went to the gym and ran 8 miles on the treadmill. I took about an hour and 35 minutes to finish. After the gym, we went to breakfast. Then back to the hotel to get ready. Although Wrestlemania started at 5pm Florida time, we had to be downstairs by the bus by 2pm. It was a good thing we left early because not only did it take us a while to get to the stadium. There was so many people there, more than 70,000, it took us over an hour to get inside the stadium. We sat on the field, not ringside, but close enough.

Monday was Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventures in the morning and Monday Night Raw at night. We chose Islands of Adventures because it was different that the one we have in California. Next time I will visit the other park. My favorite ride was the Hulk ride. I finally got to try butterbeer and it was so delicious! I loved it.

Tuesday we went to Downtown Disney which is called Disney Springs. Then we came back home to California.

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Wrestlemania 32

When I was younger, I used to like watching wrestling. This was back when WWWE was WWF. When I started middle school, I decided that I wasn’t into it anymore for whatever reason. I recently started watching again last year, thanks to my bf who was like oh we should watch Monday Night Raw together. When he said that, I was like are you serious? So I agreed and we started watching a couple times a month. At first I didn’t know any of the wrestlers, but then I started to have favorites.

This year, somehow, I was given Sunday off from work without having to request it. I watched Wrestlemania 32, which was my first Wrestlemania ever, with my younger sisters and younger brother. We made pizza and had junk food. We managed to watch the pre show and the whole show before my sisters had to get ready for school the next day.

Two of the preshow matches that I liked were the Usos beating the Dudley Boyz in the tag team match and the 10 Divas tag team match. The Usos are my favorite tag team in WWE, I always root for them. I even like them more than the New Day. In the Divas tag team match, I was rooting for Team Total Divas aka Brie Bella (my favorite), Natalya, Paige, Eva Marie, and Alicia Fox. They were going against Team B.A.D and Blonde aka Naomi, Summer Rae, Emma, Tamina, and Lana. Team Total Divas won their match as well.

There were a few good matches. Not all the people I was rooting for won, however. Dean Ambrose had a match with Brock Lesnar, but unfortunately he lost. After this match, they had the match for the Women’s Championship. It was a 3 way match with Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks. I was rooting for Sasha Banks, but I would’ve been okay with Becky Lynch winning. In the end though, Charlotte won. Ugh. I got to see The Undertake win against Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell, that was good. The one moment everyone was talking about was when Shane Mcmahon jumped off the top of the cage and tried to land on the Undertaker. Lucky for the Undertaker, he moved out just in time.

The main event of the night was the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Triple (who was the current champion at the time) and Roman Reigns (my favorite). In the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania, the two of them had a lot of run ins on Monday Night Raw and other pay per view events. For the most part, Triple H seemed to have the advantage. I honestly thought he was going to win. But I was really happy to see Roman Reigns win even though I know not too many people like him for some reason.