After spending all day Wednesday in the car and all day Thursday resting, Friday night finally marked the first big event of the WrestleMania 32weekend as NXT TakeOver: Dallas took over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. While the show met with overwhelmingly positive responses from the masses that watched the event on the WWE Network, the members of the NXT Universe in attendance were as hot as any WWE audience in 2016.

For many in attendance, this marked the first night on their personal Road to WrestleMania.

I arrived at the event two hours before the show was scheduled to begin. Due to the popularity of the show and the fact that WrestleMania Axxesswas going on next door, parking filled up fast. I was able to find a spot within a few blocks for just$10.

Having arrived well in advance, I immediately went to look at the NXT merchandise.

While they had quite the spread, nothing especially appealed to me specifically. I ended up purchasing Finn Balor's mask and armbands, as well as Asuka's mask, for my sister's kids. I also shelled out $5 for a Connor's Cure bracelet and $15 for an official NXT program for myself (although the program clearly was not made for this event, but for the recent NXT tour). Total cost of merchandise: $55.

Shortly after making that purchase, I met an online acquaintance who sold me a nosebleed seat (Section 31) for$189.

However, no seats in that section (or anything above floor-level) were handicap accessible. Since I have a wheelchair, I was directed to the event staff near the main entrance to figure out what they would do for me in my situation. It was clear a few other people had received non-accessible tickets despite being in a wheelchair.

Mark Carrano was taking care of some other guests when I arrived. I waited just inside the doors so that I could see the pre-show action.

I missed the first dark match (Manny Andrade defeated Christopher Girard) but could see and hear Apollo Crews defeat Elias Samson, "The Drifter" receiving more heat than almost anyone else all evening.

Mark Carrano, who was as nice to me as he always appears to be on Total Divas, found me a seat near the back of the floor seats, right by the aisle, so I had a clear view of the ring (while those in attendance were seated, anyway). There was a disappointing lack of variety when it came to concessions, so I ended up havingtwo orders of nachos and cheese, a bag of chips and two beers:$30.

The televised portion of the program began withAmerican Alpha defeatingThe Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship. The crowd was incredibly hot for this match, and remained so throughout the night. It received a much bigger reaction thanAustin Aries defeatingBaron Corbin in his NXT in-ring debut.

The next two matches featured some of NXT's Japanese talents, whenShinsuke Nakamura defeatedSami Zayn andAsuka defeatedBayley for the NXT Women's Championship. Both of those matches were good enough to be on the main roster Mania event.

While Nakamura tasted some of his own blood, it was nothing compared to what happened toSamoa Joe early into his match withFinn Balor.

The crowd was absolutely ecstatic, and they couldn't have been much happier when the NXT Champion retained the gold.

With so much energy at a show so late in the evening, I was ready to get back to my hotel room after the show. Rate for the night, including all taxes: $157.01.

Total expenses for Day 2:$441.01. Thanks to the hefty price on the NXT ticket a small increase in my hotel room rates, I spent more on Friday than I did on Wednesday and Thursday combined.

Total expenses for Trip: $866.68.

With the first intense night of Wrestling out of the way, Saturday night will involve a break from WrestleMania 32activities to catch FC Dallas hosting Columbus Crew SC for a regular season Major League Soccer game.

WWE's NXT TakeOver: Dallascan be streamed on-demand via the WWE Network or Hulu Plus.

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