Pro wrestling fans, if you’re traveling to Orlando for summer vacation (holiday) or for a break, there are plenty of opportunities to see a pro wrestling show.
• TNA Impact Wrestling continues its live summer series on Spike TV at 8 p.m. EST Thursdays from Universal Studios Orlando. See Hulk Hogan, Sting, Kurt Angle, Austin Aries, Miss Tessmacher, Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, AJ Styles, Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley), Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Gail Kim, Zema Ion, Mr. Anderson, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Kenny King, Madison Rayne, Earl Hebner and more.
• TNA’s Hardcore Justice pay-per-view, presented by Direct Auto Insurance, is 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug. 12 at Universal Studios Orlando. TNA champ Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode. Visit http://www.impactwrestling.com/ppv/Aug-12-Hardcore-Justice.
Universal Studios Orlando features Universal CityWalk which offers plenty of eateries -- indoor and out. Visit http://www.universalorlando.com/Restaurants/CityWalk-Restaurants.aspx.
Kirkman, Sand Lake and Turkey Lake roads are good to know when visiting Universal Studios. Universal Boulevard and International Drive as well.
The Holiday Inn & Suites Main Gate to Universal is across the street from the entrance to Universal Studios Orlando and Universal CityWalk. A nice, affordable place, the hotel is adjoined to a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant, 5933 Caravan Court. Call 407-903-0338. Visit http://www.tgifridays.com/.
For the Holiday Inn & Suites Main Gate to Universal, 5905 S. Kirkman Rd., call 407-351-3333. Visit http://www.hiuniversal.com/ or http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/orlando/mcous/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=mdpr-_-googlemaps-_-hi-_-mcous.
Nearby on the corner of Sand Lake and Turkey Lake roads is a Chick-fil-A, 7333 W. Sand Lake Rd. Call 407-370-9295. Eat more chicken. Visit http://www.cfarestaurant.com/sandlakeroad/home. Chick-fil-A is also at 4752 S. Kirkman Rd., in the Kirkman Shoppes. Call 407-295-9034.
There is a Whole Foods diagonal to that Chick-fil-A. Visit http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/orlando/.
• FCW Summer Slamarama Tour continues throughout Florida including a show Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Orlando Armory, 2809 S. Ferncreek Ave.
FCW, based in Tampa, is the developmental group for WWE.
WWE superstars and divas who developed in FCW include Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston Ted DiBiase, Primo Colon, Ezekiel Jackson, Evan Bourne, Sheamus, Tyler Reks, Abraham Washington, Alicia Fox, Alberto Del Rio, Drew McIntyre, Tyson Kidd, Natalya, Hunico, Derrick Bateman and more.
• WWE NXT, featuring current FCW talent vying to become WWE superstars and divas, tapes shows monthly at Full Sail University in (Central Florida) Winter Park, near Downtown Orlando.
Home to WWE NXT, Full Sail Live at Full Sail Studios, 3300 University Boulevard, is in Building 3 off the southeast corner of Semoran and University boulevards. Some eateries around the perimeter include an Orlando Ale House, a McDonald’s and a Chick-fil-A.
Call 800-226-7625. Visit http://www.fullsail.edu/.
• The Amway Center, formerly the O-rena in Downtown Orlando, is home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Orlando Predators arena football team and various WWE shows.