World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been one of the most popular spectator sports in the United States for decades. This league was led by Vince McMahon Sr. and Toots Mondt, and throughout the 1970s, the federation became popular with regular events at Madison Square Garden. After being renamed the WWF in 1976, the company was sold to Vince McMahon Sr.'s son in 1983, which began the golden age of professional wrestling. The 1980s were a time of massive growth and publicity for the WWF, as Vince McMahon Jr. realized that wrestling would have to break out of regional matchups and truly reach a national scale. McMahon Jr. went on a massive recruiting mission, signing such wrestlers as Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and many other future legends.
In the late '80s and early '90s, the WWF began its Monday night television war with World Championship Wrestling. The WWF's Monday Night RAW and WCW's Monday Night Nitro were the two biggest weekly events in wrestling and became a bitter rivalry after a few former WWF stars defected to the new league. However, WWF would come out on top of the ratings war and would purchase the WCW in 2001. Today, the WWE continues to be one of the most popular spectator sports in America today, with annual events like SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania, Hell in a Cell and many other themed events. With television and pay-per-view ratings still at consistent levels, the WWE shows no signs of slowing down and continues to add legions of fans each year. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for WWE tickets.
This is a weekly WWE event that takes place across the country on Tuesday nights. The event began in 1999 and was met with tremendous success. Many big-time matches have occurred on Smackdown throughout the years, and the WWE’s best are always on hand to wrestle in a variety of showdowns. Smackdown is a two-hour long event.
Raw is a very popular Monday-night event that takes place throughout the year in arenas all around North America. The show debuted in January 1993, and currently airs in a three-hour spot on the USA Network, after spending time on TNN and Spike. Vince McMahon, Randy Savage and Rob Bartlett were the original hosts of the show. Jerry Lawler took over co-hosting duties in 1995 and still currently holds the position.
WWE’s SummerSlam is a pay-per-view premier wrestling event that takes places annually in August. The first SummerSlam was in 1988 at Madison Square Garden. The event was moved around throughout the U.S. (with the exceptions of London and Toronto) until 2009, where it found its permanent home in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. SummerSlam is one of the “Big Four” events, which includes WrestleMania, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble.
WrestleMania is the WWE’s biggest show as the longest-running and most successful event in the company’s history. Many celebrities have participated in WrestleMania as guests, and the event has broken attendance records for indoor events in the United States. The first edition was held in Madison Square Garden in 1985, with participants such as Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Muhammad Ali. View WrestleMania Tickets
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