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12/28/04

Thousands Watch National Wrestling Event at Coliseum

An estimated 10 million viewers in the United States tuned in to World Wrestling Entertainment's RAW event Monday night. About 6,000 people in South Mississippi got to see the bodyslamming and drop kicking up close in Biloxi's Coast Coliseum, where the matches were held.

Carlos Pereira was first in line to see Monday night's WWE wrestling event. He waited four hours holding on to his coveted spot. Carlos says it was worth the wait, but he was anxious to see some action.  

"I'm cold. I'm not a fan of the cold weather. I'm a fan of the warm weather. I don't know. I want to get in, get in now actually,"  Pereira said.

Judging from the long line of people wrapping around the Coliseum, Carlos was just one of many WWE fans in South Mississippi.

Hurley resident Melissa Pierce said she'd already had a close encounter with her favorite wrestler.

"I came up here, got to meet Rhino back there, and got his autograph and got to take pictures with him," Pierce said.

Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived, and the doors opened.

This is the first time in two years a wrestling event has been held at the Coast Coliseum, and there's a good chance the Colisum will be landing another show like this in the near future.

"Everything's been going very well. The fans have really responded by buying the tickets. I don't know if it's because of the holidays, and they're out of school, it's Monday night, and stuff like that, but everything's been very good," said Bill Holmes, Coast Coliseum Director.

Some wrestlers won. Some wrestlers lost, but the event was win-win situation for all the fans in the Coliseum.

by Toni Miles

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