We know WrestleMania 34 will be in New Orleans, Louisana, but now the question is, who will host WrestleMania 35. The rumored front runners are, Detroit, New York Or Philadelphia. All three of these cities have hosted the biggest event in sports entertainment before, so let’s look at what happened when the event was in those places.
WrestleMania III, WrestleMania 23
The Motor City was the Home of one of WWE’s most epic main events ever. WrestleMania III was the Irresistible Force vs the Immovable Object as Hulk Hogan successfully defended his WWE Title against André the Giant. That event set a record for the largest indoor record attendance with over 93,000 people. The event would return 20 years later as John Cena successfully defends his WWE Title against Shawn Michaels.
Detroit is the rumored front runner for WrestleMania 35. With this track record, we know WWE will bring it and pay homage to the previous WrestleManias held there. Aretha Franklin anyone?
WrestleMania, WrestleMania X, WrestleMania XX, WrestleMania 29*
New York has always been considered home for the WWE. During the territory days, it was where Vince McMahon Sr. ran his promotion. For Vince Jr., it was the place where he put everything he had on the line to create what would be known as the biggest yearly event in sports entertainment, WrestleMania. WrestleMania I brought two worlds together, Rock-N-Roll music and wrestling. In the main event, we saw Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeat Paul Orndorf and Roddy Piper.
WrestleMania X was the true beginning of the New Generation Era. That night we saw Bret Hart defeat Yokozuna to win his 2nd WWE Championship. But the night was stolen by Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon who put on an incredible ladder match that served as the standard for years to come.
WrestleMania XX, where it all begins again. On the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania we saw Chris Benoit defeat Triple H and Shawn Michaels to finally win the World Heavyweight Championship. Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Title and the two shared a we made it moment in the ring. Due to circumstances surrounding Benoit’s death, we will never see that footage on WWE programing again (unless you have the network).
I put an asterisk behind WrestleMania 29 because while the event was held in New Jersey (like Mania IV & V), the Events surrounded by it was held in New York. It was booked at New York-New Jersey. So we have to respect it in a sense of talking about host cities. On this night, we saw John Cena get his revenge on The Rock as he defeated him to win the WWE Title.
You can never go wrong with the New York City. The question is, will they put this Mania back in Jersey, or perhaps would they have it in Yankee stadium. That’s never been done before. Remember, anything can happen in the WWE.
The city of Brotherly Love was the Home of the first of a triology of matches between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. This also took place at the height of the Attitude Era. Austin defeated The Rock after months of trying to get his belt back.
WrestleMania was big in 1999, but not to the point that stadiums were a must. It would be nice to see Philadelphia host WrestleMania in 2019, and I would have to guess that Lincoln Financial Field would be the place where it would be held.
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