Halloween WWEek starts with WWE Hell in a Cell in Miami

 

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

Is it Christmas?

Actually, it’s closer to Halloween, a lot closer, but it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping. QVC and HSN believe so.

WWE is releasing a cavalcade of DVDs, and what great timing.

WWE does an incredible job with these DVDs, and there are varying types for any type of fan -- old school wrestling to sports entertainment newbie.

It’s Pro Wrestling 101, a history lesson with classic matches, insight from your favorite WWE talent (past and present) and more.

‘Goldberg,’ ‘Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden,’ ‘Legends of Mid-South Wrestling’, ‘Triple H,’ ‘WCW War Games,’ ‘WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Match Anthology’ are some of the newer releases.

In the three-disc set of ‘Legends of Mid-South Wrestling,’ you can watch Shawn Michaels (pre-Rockers) as enhancement talent (jobber) against Ted DiBiase. How about pro wrestling rookie Rob Ricksteiner against Nick Patrick. Rob Ricksteiner who later became Rick Steiner and Nick Patrick, son of the Masked Assassin, who turned into a referee. Cowboy Bill Watts, the brains behind Mid-South Wrestling, created The Blade Runners (Sting and The Ultimate Warrior) with Eddie Gilbert. Junkyard Dog, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Fabulous Freebirds and DiBiase are some of the stars developed by Mid-South Wrestling.

‘Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden’ features the greats who sold out the famous Garden in New York City. How about this list of legends: Ivan Koloff, Bob Backlund, Harley Race, Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, The Rock, Bret Hitman Hart, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Booker T, Trish Stratus, Bruno Sammartino and more. The three-disc set is filled with historic MSG matches and commentary by Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon, Matt Stryker and Jim Ross along with Mean Gene Okerlund interviewing. See the legends now remembering Madison Square Garden. What a look down memory lane, and what a DVD set to own.

• Watching some mat classics and listening to stories from the wrestlers are fun, but what’s even better is seeing new action live.

WWE pay-per-view tickets also make a nice early holiday gift.

And what better way to celebrate Halloween WWEek than by seeing a WWE pay-per-view live in South Florida

Daniel Bryan battles Randy Orton for the WWE title in the main event of WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

HBK Shawn Michaels will be the special guest referee in Hell in a Cell.

The Hell in a Cell is a 24-foot-high roofed cell (enclosed steel cage) structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. In a Hell in a Cell match, there are no disqualifications or countouts (also no escape). It’s also a good way to prevent outside interference like what occurred at Battleground.

The only way to win Hell in a Cell is by pinfall or submission inside the ring.

John Cena will make his return, challenging Alberto Del Rio for the World title.

CM Punk faces Ryback and Paul Heyman in Hell in a Cell.

WWE divas champ AJ Lee (with Tamina) vs. Brie Bella.

WWE Hell in a Cell is the first pay-per-view at the AAA since WWE’s Survivor Series in November 2010.

Miami is the gateway to the Americas, and the AAA is a long-time host of WWE events including the first SmackDown of 2013, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania Week in 2012, the Raw after WrestleMania in 2012 and the Rock’s birthday on Raw in 2011.

Tickets are sale via TicketMaster outlets, online and by phone as well as at the AAA box office. Keep posted at http://www.wwe.com/events.

• Halloween WWEek howls on Monday, Oct. 28 with WWE Raw from the Amway Center in Orlando. Raw is live 8 p.m. EST on the USA Network.

• Halloween WWEek continues on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with a thriller as the release of the WWE 2K14 video game celebrates 30 years of WrestleMania.

Later that night, WWE gets spine-chilling with SmackDown tapings from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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