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What MLB Park Will Be The Next To Host A WrestleMania?

Wednesday, October.31/2012

Wrestlemania 18 (At SkyDome) was Hulk Hogan vs ‘The Rock.’ Hogan was his heel face character  ‘Hollywood’ Hogan from his NWO days in the WCW for the event. The fans of Toronto gave the Hulkster several standing ovations for his entrance and as well for the Match. He was the most popular wrestler in Canada that day. While he lost to Dwayne Johnson in one of his best contests of his career, this match gave the WWE the idea to turn him Baby Face Again. The next week “Hulkamania” was reborn with Red and Yellow.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer):

I have previously mentioned that baseball and wrestling was my entire life as a young kid in the 80’s.  To me, nothing was bigger than the World Series every fall or WrestleMania every spring.  In 1990, the city of Toronto hosted WrestleMania 6 at the (NEWEST) ballpark in the MLB,  “The SkyDome.”  Back in the day, the building was considered state of the art.  I mean they were the 1st park to carry McDonalds as a fast food joint for a concession, they had luxury suite hotel rooms (in which some people forgot to draw the curtains to in heats of passion) and everything was big league.  So when almost 68000 fans packed into SkyDome to watch the 1st ever WrestleMania in Canada (and also an MLB Park), it was an un-believeable atmosphere.

Wrestle Mania 6 The SkyDome–Photo Courtesy of WWE

Now I lived in Calgary at the time, yet I had seen my first MLB Game in 1989 at the SKYDOME.  I would have loved to have been in that audience.  I watched the events transpire from CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) in a big Restaurant in Calgary.  (Yes people, there used to be no black box that you would be able to buy ALL PPV events on.) 

HOGAN VS THE ROCK FULL MATCH FROM WRESTLEMANIA 18

Results WrestleMania 6 Toronto, Ontario, Canada April.1/1990

# Results
Stipulations Times
Dark Paul Roma defeated The Brooklyn Brawler Singles match Unknown
1 Rick Martel defeated Koko B. Ware Singles match 03:51
2 Demolition (Ax and Smash) defeated The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) (with Bobby Heenan) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 09:30
3 Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Hercules Singles match 04:52
4 Brutus Beefcake defeated Mr. Perfect (with The Genius) Singles match 07:48
5 Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown fought to a double countout. Singles match 06:48
6 The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov). Tag team match 00:19
7 The Barbarian (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Tito Santana Singles match 04:33
8 Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri Mixed tag team match 07:52
9 The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji) defeated The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) by countout Tag team match 07:38
10 Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart and Earthquake) Singles match 04:15
11 Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) defeated Jake Roberts by countout Singles match for the Million Dollar Championship 11:50
12 The Big Boss Man defeated Akeem (with Slick) Singles match 01:49
13 Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Jimmy Snuka Singles match 03:59
14 The Ultimate Warrior (Intercontinental Champion) defeated Hulk Hogan (WWF Champion) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and WWF Championship 22:51

Hulk Hogan was bigger than life to kids, and was winding down his 1st stint with the WWE.  He really only fought 4-5 times a year anyways as he mixed time between doing movies in Hollywood.  WrestleMania was gathering massive steam in the media for their PPV buys and was their biggest draw of the year.  Hogan lost his 1st match in 6 WrestleMania’s in this event’s final match against the Ultimate Warrior.  It was an incredible Spectacle to watch a Wrestling event live from a Baseball Park that I had been to in person.  Sadly, the WWE would not return to a MLB Park until 2001. 

It wasn’t even a current MLB Park as the Houston “Astrodome” was not the home field of the Houston Astros anymore in March of 2001.  It had all of the feelings of a Major League Ball Park.  WrestleMania 17 was the height of the current ratings ERA for the WWE.  Stone Cold Steve Austin and ‘The Rock” ruled the world of the squared ring. It was before the company would take major publicity hits on numerous ex-wrestler and current wrestler deaths.  It was shortly before all of the mainstream media caught wind of all of the rampant steroid and overusing of the wrestlers by the company.   It was considered the “Attitude ERA.” 

Vince McMahon was front and center for all of the story-lines.  I love it how this owner fought for his company with his own blood, sweat and tears.  Just to be fair, WWE has instituted their own drug policies and have been suspending, firing and admonishing wrestlers for a long time now.  They have also receded the amount of matches a wrestler will have.  They have taken away the hardcore division and have lessened the high-risk injury maneuvers in order to help the welfare of the all of their employees.  Not enough is being said to commend this company for that because you still hear some horror stories from older wrestlers.

The Astrodome was home to WrestleMania 17. It was the first time in 11 years that the WWE had been back to an MLB Park.

Results WrestleMania 17, Houston, TX April.1/2001

No. Results Stipulations Times
Heat X-Factor (Justin Credible and X-Pac) (with Albert) defeated Steve Blackman and Grand Master Sexay Tag team match 07:46
1 Chris Jericho (c) defeated William Regal Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 08:08
2 Tazz and The APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq) (with Jacqueline) defeated Right to Censor (The Godfather, Val Venis and Bull Buchanan) (with Steven Richards) Six-man tag team match 04:53
3 Kane defeated Raven and The Big Show Triple Threat Hardcore match for the WWF Hardcore Championship 09:18
4 Eddie Guerrero (with Perry Saturn) defeated Test (c)[ Singles match for the WWF European Championship 10:30
5 Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit Singles match 14:02
6 Chyna defeated Ivory
Singles match For The WWF Women’s Championship 02:39
7 Shane McMahon defeated Vince McMahon Street Fight match with Mick Foley as the Special Guest Referee 15:12
8 Edge and Christian defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) and The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 15:53
9 The Iron Sheik won by last eliminating Hillbilly Jim 19-man Gimmick Battle Royal 05:05
10 The Undertaker defeated Triple H Singles match 18:17
11 Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock No Disqualification Match for the WWF Championship 28:06

The Iron Sheik won the WrestleMania 17 Legends Battle Royal against 19 other wrestlers. He was featured in an a Interview here at the Reports recently.

The Iron Sheik:  WWE Legend Speaks with MLB reports in the Interview of a Lifetime

In 2002, the NWO invaded the WWE as the poison that Vince McMahon wanted to inflict on his own company brand.  It was the first time ever that Hulk Hogan was a heel in his wrestling company.  Hogan had been in the WCW for almost a decade and had been the central character that helped the Ted Turner Company actually surpass the giants WWE for ratings.  In what was an incredible turn of events at SKYDOME, Hulk Hogan received the biggest heroes welcome by the Toronto fans.  Hogan was supposed to be the bad guy in his storyline character that was facing ‘The Rock”, however he was the one the crowd loved more.  The man wrestled the match of his life.  Hogan would forever credit the Canadian building as a place where he went back to his roots.  Just like in the Cover picture to this article said, it was the re-birth of ‘Hulkamania.’

Mar.17/02 Results WrestleMania 18 Toronto, CAN
Stipulations Times
Sunday Night Heat Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty, and Albert defeated Mr. Perfect, Lance Storm and, Test[ 6-man tag team match with Jacqueline as the guest referee 03:06
1 Rob Van Dam defeated William Regal Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 06:19
2 Diamond Dallas Page defeated Christian Singles match for the WWF European Championship 06:08
3 Maven (c) fought Goldust to a no contest Hardcore match for the WWF Hardcore Championship 03:15
4 Kurt Angle defeated Kane Singles match 10:45
5 The Undertaker defeated Ric Flair No disqualification match 18:47
6 Edge defeated Booker T Singles match 06:32
7 Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Scott Hall (with Kevin Nash) Singles match 09:51
8 Billy and Chuck defeated The APA (Faarooq and Bradshaw), The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) (with Stacy Keibler) and The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) Four Corners Elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 13:50
9 The Rock defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan Singles match 16:23
10 Jazz defeated Trish Stratus and Lita Triple Threat match for the WWF Women’s Championship 06:16
11 Triple H defeated Chris Jericho (with Stephanie McMahon) Singles match for the Undisputed WWF Championship 18:41

In 2003, it was the 3rd straight year that the WWE held and event in a MLB Park that was former or current.  This time the location was Safeco Field in Seattle Washington.  It was a brilliant move by the WWE to go these venues.  It was the last time any wrestling fan would see Stone Cold Steve Austin in action versus ‘The Rock.”  It was another huge success.  It would be another 9 years before the company would return to a baseball park.

Results Safeco Field Seattle, WA WrestleMania 19 March 2003

# Results Stipulations Times
Heat Lance Storm and Chief Morley  (with Dudley Boyz) defeated Kane and Rob Van Dam Tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship. 10:00
1 Matt Hardy  (with Shannon Moore) defeated Rey Mysterio Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship 05:39
2 The Undertaker defeated The Big Show and A-Train Handicap match 09:45
3 Trish Stratus defeated Victoria (with Steven Richards) and Jazz Triple Threat match for the WWE Women’s Championship 07:17
4 Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defeated Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo Guerrero) and Chris Benoit and Rhyno Triple Threat Tag match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 08:46
5 Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Jericho Singles match 22:33
6 Triple H  (with Ric Flair) defeated Booker T Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 18:50
7 Hulk Hogan defeated Vince McMahon Street Fight 20:48
8 The Rock defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin Singles match 17:53
9 Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle Singles match for the WWE Championship 21:04

The Latest MLB Park to host a WrestleMania was this past year in Sun Life Stadium.  I have a confession to make, I watched this exact event for the first time in 3 years.  The Rock made a triumphant return to the ring and it was the first time that an open-aired baseball venue was used for the event.  Yes the Marlins now play at their new park downtown, but much like when the ‘Astrodome’ was used for WrestleMania 17, a former baseball park had been used once again.

Sun Life Stadium was host to WrestleMania 28, after this year, what ex or current MLB Park will be used next for another WrestleMania?

Results Sun Life Stadium Miami, FLA  April.1/2012

# Match Stipulations Time
Pre-show Primo and Epico (with Rosa Mendes) defeated Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd and The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) Triple Threat Tag Team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 05:11
1 Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan (with AJ) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 00:18
2 Kane defeated Randy Orton Singles match 10:56
3 The Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes
Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship 05:18
4 Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres Tag Team match 06:49
5 The Undertaker defeated Triple H Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee[ 30:52
6 Team Johnny (David Otunga (captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz, and Drew McIntyre) (with John Laurinaitis, Vickie Guerrero and Brie Bella) defeated Team Teddy (Santino Marella (captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, and Booker T) (with Theodore Long, Hornswoggle, Eve Torres, Nikki Bella and Aksana) Twelve-Man Tag Team match to determine the General Manager of both the Raw and SmackDown brands. 10:38
7 CM Punk  defeated Chris Jericho via submission Singles match for the WWE Championship with the added stipulation that Punk would lose the title if he was disqualified. 22:21
8 The Rock defeated John Cena Singles match 33:34

Much like the Winter Classic in the NHL, that has been held at historical venues such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, whatever MLB Park that the WWE picks would ultimately sellout.  You have to factor in the weather though.  So you must look at the Dome Parks first.  Miller Park, Minute Maid Park and Chase Field would have to be on the companies radar.  A return to Miami is not likely for awhile.  I would think that Tropicana Field would also not be a suitable venue.  Safeco Field and The SkyDome are always possibilities as well.  Some of the better weather venues would not be ideal, like Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium and The Ball Park In Arlington (particularly since the Cowboys Stadium would hold over 100,000 people in capacity and break the ALL-Time Record for WrestleMania.)  Whenever they do go back to use an MLB Park for WrestleMania, I will definitely take a road trip to see it. 

Miller Park would be my #1 choice to see a WrestleMania go to next. It is perfectly located in Central USA and has lots of cheap travel opportunities to arrive in Milwaukee. #2 Choice would be Chase Field and my 3rd would be Minute Maid Park. Weather plays a big factor as the event is always held at the End of March or very early April.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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