WrestleMania Week extended from March 28-April 2 with events like WrestleMania (Sun Life Stadium), WWE Hall of Fame (AmericanAirlines Arena), WWE WrestleMania Fan Axxess (Miami Beach Convention Center) and WWE Monday Night Raw (AmericanAirlines Arena). There are also important causes and charitable outreach during the week, i.e. WWE Be a STAR anti-bullying programs (Hialeah Gardens and John F. Kennedy middle schools), WWE charity golf tournament (Doral Golf Resort), WWE art auction/fashion show (Star Island), hospital visits (Joe DiMaggio Children’s and Holtz), WWE WrestleMania Reading Challenge (Miami-Dade County Main Library), Make-a-Wish pizza party (Jungle Island) and more.
“We put so much emphasis on building with our partners in the host community a very strong blend of not only economic windfall but also pro social windfall and legacy,” Saboor said. “Our chairman [Vince McMahon] has placed enormous emphasis on not only our event presentation but what we do for our host community to create legacy in giving back to community-based organizations and conducting events that are designed to benefit that host community.
“We could not be more proud of those elements of WrestleMania Week and can not emphasize how important they are to the overall event make-up and planning.”
And the fans had a great time as did WWE talent.
Saboor said: “We’ve received so many positive comments from WWE superstars, divas and legends about their experience during WrestleMania Week in Miami-Dade and the strong sense of welcome that they felt from the time they landed at the airport until they left for their next live event after WrestleMania Week. It’s happened every year, but it was even more prevalent this year.”
WWE superstar and renaissance man Chris Jericho, lead vocalist for the rock band Fozzy and a former ABC “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, delivered a stellar WrestleMania 28 match against WWE champ CM Punk. Jericho, a WrestleMania veteran, can attest to Miami as a host, commenting at a WrestleMania 28 press conference.
“The thing I liked best about Miami was actually — and it sounds weird — but for us, it’s like the hotel we’re staying at, the Intercontinental [for several days]. That’s been the best, by far, hotel as far as the organization they had for us. The people who work there were amazing. It’s been very pain free.
“Every year [for WrestleMania Week], there’s usually something going on — too many fans at the hotel, this or that. So the Intercontinental was amazing. The [Miami Beach] Convention Center where we had [WrestleMania] Axxess was amazing. The stadium is incredible. I was here [Sun Life] a couple of years ago to see Paul McCartney which was amazing. So this is just a great city for what I’ve seen and everything just very concentrated, and the people were great, really.
“A lot of times you say that, but I really mean it. Miami has really supported WrestleMania and made this one very special for all of us.”
One of many things that made it special for fans watching via pay-per-view or later on DVD was legendary announcer Jim Ross. The WWE Hall of Famer called the End of an Era match, another great WrestleMania 28 attraction, with Undertaker vs. Triple H in Hell in a Cell (special guest ref Shawn Michaels).