It has long been rumored but WWE announced after Raw that WrestleMania 32 will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The home of the Dallas Cowboys holds 80,000 for football but can fit over 105,000 for other events. The record attendance for a football game was 105,121 in September 2009 when the Giants beat the Cowboys in the stadium’s first regular season game. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game drew 108,713 fans to the stadium, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance for a basketball game.
WWE will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops to try to fill Jerry World. An Undertaker retirement match would not seem out of the question, especially if WWE decides to keep him off the WrestleMania XXXI show. There has always been talk of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returning for one more match in his home state, so I’m sure Vince McMahon and company will be working the Rattlesnake over.
One thing to remember is that although the capacity can reach over 105,000, WWE generally has a pretty elaborate and space-consuming entrance way for WrestleMania, which will cut down on some of those potential seats.
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With less than a week to go until the Royal Rumble comes to us from Philadelphia, WWE has finally rounded out the card, adding three tag team matches to the slate. A Divas tag team match will feature Natalya teaming with new bestie Pagie to take on the Bella Twins, while A New Day will battle Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose on the kickoff show. The Ascension will seek revenge against the New Age Outlaws as well, bringing the total match number to six. Below is the full, updated card:
Royal Rumble Match
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
John Cena v. Seth Rollins v. Brock Lesnar
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos
The New Age Outlaws v. The Ascension
Natalya & Paige v. The Bellas
Kickoff Show Elimation Six-Man Tag Team Match
A New Day v. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose
“The Vigilante” Sting appeared at the close of last night’s Raw Reunion show to distract Seth Rollins and the rest of the Authority just long enough for John Cena to get a roll-up pinfall on the Money in the Bank briefcase holder. The win – against Rollins, Kane and Big Show – means Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler all get their jobs back, thanks to the stipulation agreed upon earlier in the night. Had Cena lost he would have had to forfeit his spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.
The appearance of Sting would seem to make a Sting v. Triple H WrestleMania match a lock and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Triple H makes the most sense to face Sting given the current situation. He’s still in incredible shape and can most likely put on a better match with Sting than Undertaker can at this point in his career.
TNA superstar Robbie E provided us with a look at the new Impact Wrestling logo for the company’s debut on Destination America. I personally really liked the current Impact Wrestling logo and this one feels a little “1990s Geocities” to me, but new is new.
WWE has changed the name of its February pay-per-view from Elimination Chamber to Fast Lane, according to PWTorch.com. The news comes via an email from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, which plays host to the event on February 22, 2015.
The new name ties in with the “Road to WrestleMania” concept and one would imagine that it means the Elimination Chamber match will not be a part of the event.
Following the announcement that CM Punk signed a multi-fight deal with UFC, the organization has released some highlights from his introductory press conference.
Punk says he’s excited for a new challenge and feels better than he has in a long time. We’ll see how well the transition from pro wrestling to MMA goes for the Straight Edge Superstar but, at 36-years-old and not having a traditional wrestling background like fellow wrestler-turned-fighter Brock Lesnar, it’ll be a big hill to climb.
Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (remember him?) will be included in the Free Legends DLC coming to EA Sports UFC, the next-gen mixed martial arts game available on Xbox One and PS4.
Matt Hughes, Mark Coleman and Rampage Jackson also join Lesnar in the free download, which is available Tuesday, December 9.
Kurt Angle will stay in TNA, despite rumors that he might be returning to WWE for one more run, according to Vince Russo. The former WWE, WCW and TNA creative team member had Angle on his “The Swerve” podcast, where the news was confirmed.
While it would have been cool to see Angle back in the WWE for a short run – the pop when his music hit and a confrontation with Rusev would have been amazing – it didn’t really seem all that close to happening. Many were reporting that Angle wouldn’t be able to pass a WWE physical and there were concerns about how his body would hold up even if he did pass.
According to Angle, the relationship with he and Vince McMahon has been repaired, as the two are on speaking terms. He also went on to deny speculation of heat between he and Triple H, as well as rumors that Triple H was the one stopping a potential Angle return, saying that they had always gotten along and you can’t believe everything you hear.
Angle kept the door open to a WWE return, at least in a training or agent capacity. For now, though, he’s excited about the future of TNA with its new television partner, Destination America.
The Anonymous Raw General Manager has added John Cena v. Seth Rollins in a Tables Match to the TLC pay-per-view card. Logical fallacies of a one-night-only GM making matches for a pay-per-view aside, the announcement was made after a confrontation between Rollins and Cena during the opening of Monday’s episode of Raw.
Also added to that match was the stipulation that should Cena lose, he will no longer be the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. (Remember that WWE has a world title?)
The official card for TLC, which is less than two weeks away, is now at three matches. Joining the Cena-Rollins skirmish are Bray Wyatt v. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match and Ryback v. Kane in a Chairs Match.
It was a busy day in the pro wrestling world, with New Japan Pro Wrestling launching its own WWE Network-style streaming service and more fallout from CM Punk’s tell-all interview with Colt Cabana. Let’s take a look at what the interwebs are saying today:
• New Japan’s aforementioned streaming service, New Japan World, is available now and includes archived content and live events, including the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 9. It costs around $8.50 per month in US dollars and is currently available on desktops, tablets and smartphones. No announcement has been made about Roku, Apple TV or console availability. [Wrestlezone]
• Steve Austin says he plans to ask Vince McMahon about CM Punk during his live podcast with the WWE Chairman, airing on the WWE Network following tonight’s broadcast of Raw. [Cageside Seats]
• Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament returns to Nashville in January. [ROH Wrestling]
• Chris Jericho was one of the many people CM Punk mentioned in his talk with Colt Cabana. Today, Jericho responded. [Cageside Seats]
• A tag team turmoil match has been added to tonight’s Raw to determine the number one contenders to the straps. [WWE.com]