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Monster Jam Is Resurrected with a Roar in Music City

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Like everyone else on the planet even the whimsical and rugged world of Monster Trucks felt the impact of the extreme weirdness that we have all experienced these past two years. But, the circuit and their Monster Jam tour that is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2022 has a secret weapon that was revealed as big crowds returned to enjoy the festive family fun at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for a thrilling three-pack of events on January 29 and 30 in Music City.

Monster Jam rolled back into the Bridgestone Arena in January of 2022.

To highlight just how big the wrench that was thrown into the machine actually is - the showdown in Tennessee is just one of a series of competitions leading up to the 21st incarnation of the Monster Jam World Finals scheduled for Orlando on May 21 and 22. This two-day championship - which is always the biggest event of the season and showcases the best trucks and drivers in Racing, Freestyle, High Jump, and Skills competitions - was originally scheduled for the year 2020.

Grave Digger dug deep for another impressive victory on Saturday night.

But, now with hindsight and the restrictions in the rear-view mirror Monster Jam was refueled for it's return to Nashville. The secret weapon??? The always capable Adam Anderson who was at the helm of Grave Digger - one of the world's most famous Monster Trucks that is celebrating its own 40th Anniversary this season - did the heavy lifting to dig out Saturday night's single event championship on the strength of his well-earned tally during a climactic freestyle showing.

Max D was out for maximum destruction in Nashville.

Monster Jam was a family friendly event that clocked in at just over two hours including an intermission and a half time provided by a group of skilled BMX riders who did tricks and jumps while the Monster trucks and their drivers geared up for the second half. But, it is loud as the bootleggers selling industrial strength ear muffs outside would indicate. Once inside, the normal hockey horn was tuned down a bit to sound more like one on a big rig and it blasted quite a few more times than you would normally hear at a Predators match ... LOL.

Fans were bullish on the horned and snorting El Toro Loco.

Mark List (El Toro Loco) and Tom Meents (Max-D) also shared the spotlight with single event championships throughout the weekend. But, the biggest joke of Saturday night was the hapless Jester who turned over twice in two events requiring the assistance of a lift and crane to exit the arena. The vehicle ultimately blew it's engine on its final event drawing laughter and derision from the fans in the stands who were amused at the clown like antics of the aptly named machine. While this troubled truck provided an outlet for spectaror-based schadenfreude -- there's no doubt everyone took some pleasure in getting a bit back to normal. Now - on to Orlando!

Sad to say but the Jester was the biggest joke of the evening.

Related Links: For more information on MONSTER JAM and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Monster Jam | Monster Jam Is a Marvelous Muddy Mess in Music City | Bridgestone Arena


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