Wrestling is a sport that combines entertainment with excellent examples of athleticism and sportsmanship. One of the things that make wrestling matches so appealing to many people is that they can be held in many different settings, and this article is aimed at providing you with more information on the topic.
Where do wrestling matches usually take place?
Many important events organized by the UFC were held outdoors, and the audience seemed to like the locations picked for the events. There are special arenas used, but as glittery and attractive this sport is, it would have been a shame if other sites haven’t been used for this particular purpose.
You will find below some of the most exciting and surprising places where pro wrestling matches have ever taken place in the history of the sport.
Did you know that UFC matches even took place in a subway station?
It all happened in 1997 when WWE launched a show named Shotgun Saturday Night. The place of the event was New York City, and its purpose was to get more people excited over the matches. Also, the intention was to create more of an intimate atmosphere that would make the audience feel as if it were part of an experience.
Therefore, the large arenas were left behind, and settings more fitting for scenes taken straight from the movie Fight Club, came forward as a replacement. Bars and clubs in New York City were picked for the event.
Unfortunately, the format didn’t last long. Still, one of the most memorable matches took place in the Penn Station. The hero of that match was Hearst Helmsley who needed to defend his belt. The fans were impressed with his performance, but the USA Network not so much. The show was short-lived.
A Japanese water park was the scene for a women’s wrestling match
Women’s wrestling used to enjoy a lot of popularity in Japan, one of the countries where this sport was held in high regard back in the days. There is no wonder that a particularly interesting location was chosen, at one point, for hosting a match of high caliber between two famous names at that time.
The female wrestlers who gave that unforgettable performance were Yumi Fukawa and Nobue Endo. There were rumors about the gimmick of choosing such a location used to spur sales of tickets, as the sport had seen a steady decline over the years. This match took place in 1996.
WCW created an event taking place above a pool
During the 90s, a lot of shows were being held in all sorts of locations, and wrestling could not have been out of the loop. WCW wanted to have its own show, and that was how the wrestling version of Spring Break came into being.
Hosted by Club La Vela, located in Florida, this event was, simply put, a way to make the sport more entertaining. The wrestlers had to fight on an arena suspended over the pool located inside the nightclub, and the purpose of each fighter was to make the other splash into the water below.
The show must have been a bit of a hit, seeing how it lasted for a few years, between 1997 and 1999. Some iconic scenes took place during that time, such as the descent of a wrestler called Sting with the help of a helicopter, through the roof, and straight into the improvised ring.
A tribute to the military troops
Pro wrestling has a history of being tied with other aspects of daily life, via its stories and characters, but, on occasion, its representatives turned toward the less glamorous and more charitable aspect of their activity. Such an opportunity was the Tribute To The Troops show organized in 2003 to honor the military forces involved in overseas conflicts.
The show took place at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, and it was meant as an event to entertain the troops and their families gathered there. Among all the strange places where wrestling matches ever took place, the middle of the desert should be mentioned.
It was also an occasion to show the courage of the military forces involved in taking down the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Only weeks after the dictator was captured, this event took place, which means that the security at that time had to be pretty strict.
Fighting on the beach
No location is off-limits for wrestling matches, as it seems, and that is why a beach should not come as a big surprise as it is listed among the less usual places for such an event. WCW was behind such an event, called Bash at the Beach, which took place for two years, 1994 and 1995, at Daytona Beach.
There were other exciting events taking place at the same time that connected the WCW matches with them. For instance, Hulk Hogan and another wrestler made an appearance in an episode of Baywatch, a TV series with a significant following at that time.
A large shopping mall wasn’t off-limits, either
The point of having a pro wrestling match was, during the 90s, in particular, to be where a lot of people were, so, in 1995, an iconic game took place at the Mall of America located in Minneapolis. At the time, that was the largest shopping mall in the entire country, so there is no doubt why the organizers picked it from the many other locations they could have chosen.
The event was particularly important for the history of pro wrestling. Here, the first episode ever aired of Monday Nitro took place. Also, it is essential to mention that it was also the match that marked the debut of Lex Luger who had just left WWF. Great names of the wrestling world were present at the event, such as Hulk Hogan, or Sting.
Wrestling on a rooftop
Throughout its history, pro wrestling didn’t lack occasions to show off its glamor and sometimes shocking taste in choosing improvised areas for matches. In 1995, WWE shot a RAW match on top of its headquarters building located in Stamford, Connecticut.
As expected, the production of this event came with a lot of challenges. A crane was required to bring all the equipment needed from the ground level, while a helicopter was used for filming all the aerial footage of the event.
Fans from neighboring areas hurried to be part of the event, as big names were in attendance, too, such as Yokozuna, Shawn Michaels, or Razor Ramon.
Giving bar fights a new meaning
Pro wrestling is all about dominating an adversary, and its effervescent nature makes it quite close to a bar fight. That may be the reason why, in 1997, Denim & Diamonds, a bar in San Antonio, became the ad-hoc arena for a wrestling match.
It all happened on the eve of Royal Rumble so the event might not have been that important. However, Terry Funk debuted during this event, and the fans also seemed to be quite impressed with the choice of the location.
That was not the only time when wrestling gave bar fights a new meaning. In 1999, Bossman and Al Snow, battling over the Hardcore Title – which is now history – first took their verbal sparring to the streets before entering a bar placed closed to the Target Arena, and having their match there.
Into the streets
Wrestling is a combination of many different ways of fighting, so it can’t be that far from street fighting, either. Therefore, the fact that some wrestling matches took place into the streets should not be that great a shock.
Although seen as a way for indy promoters to make hype and draw crowds while using tiny budgets, taking fights to the street level does have its fair share of appeal. Usually, such events are followed by street parties, so everybody loves them.