Shaq for WWE Hall of Fame 2017 in Orlando
After making a surprise appearance in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WWE WrestleMania 32 on Sunday, April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, it was announced on Monday, April 4 that Shaquille O’Neal will be enshrined into the NBA Hall of Fame.
How about this? WrestleMania 33 in Orlando next year (2017). Shaq, a former Orlando Magic player, as the celebrity inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. That would be very cool and apropos. The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will be at the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic.
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By the way, WrestleMania 32 was not Shaq's first wrestling rodeo. A big fan, he's been involved in several WWE and WCW events.
Charlotte, Becky Lynch and The BO$$ Sasha Banks delivered big time at WrestleMania 32. Their triple threat match for the title was outstanidng. It wasn’t just a good women’s wrestling match. It was a good wrestling match.
Developing in the ranks of NXT, women’s wrestling in WWE is legit. WWE Hall of Famer Lita introduced the first WWE women’s championship belt, retiring the WWE Divas’ title.
Congrats to Charlotte for being the last divas’ champ and first WWE women’s champ. Congrats to Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Charlotte for one heck of a match. Congrats to women’s wrestling. And congrats to wrestling.
Time to take it to the next level.
Awesome entrance, too. Sasha Banks with her cousin WWE Hall of Famer Snoop Dogg by her side rapping her entrance. Banks and Dogg wore an outfit in honor of the late, great Eddy Guerrero, who inspired Banks to wrestle. Charlotte wearing a Ric Flair style robe pieced together from Flair’s retirement match robe at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando. And Becky Lynch always with cool gear.
The NFL Super Bowl is a huge event with great interest, probably the biggest viewing sports/entertainment attraction annually in the United States.
WWE WrestleMania is a huge event, too, and I would say where WWE surpasses the NFL Super Bowl is by the amount of interest from the world. Fans from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and more (50 countries and all 50 states) actually travel (travel) to the host city (like Dallas) to attend WrestleMania and WrestleMania Week. That's like the World Cup or the Olympics, and that's one reason why ESPN and other sports mainstream are now covering WrestleMania.
WM fans include sports fans and even athletes who enjoy the bravado, the entertainment. WrestleMania has become mega-big globally ... and .. by the way...next year the world will be in Orlando for WrestleMania 33.
WrestleMania 33/WWE HoF
WWE WrestleMania 33 is Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony is Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Amway Center.
It’s Good to be The Foil
They had big WrestleMania moments during WWE WrestleMania 32. Barrett took one, two, three for the team (League of Nations) as he was hit by HBK Shawn Michaels‘ Sweet Chin Music, Mick Foley‘s Sock-o and Stone Cold - WWE Universe Steve Austin’s Stone Cold Stunner.
Later in the show, Rowan, a member of the Wyatt Family, received The Rock Bottom from The Brama Bull Dwayne The Rock Johnson and then was pinned in just six seconds, the quickest pin in WrestleMania history.
Barrett and Rowan were the foils, but so what. To be part of huge spots is what counts in pro wrestling/sports entertainment.
Cerebral Assassin’s Henchmen
WWE SmackDown in Miami
WWE SmackDown will return to the AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the three-time NBA champion Miami Heat, on Tuesday, June 28 in Miami.
Get tickets before the general public with an exclusive venue pre-sale now until 11 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Use the password "GOHEAT" to access the pre-sale. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8.
Scheduled to appear are Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Charlotte, Bray Wyatt & the Wyatt Family, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Sasha Banks, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, Alberto del Rio, Sheamus, Becky Lynch, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, The Dudley Boyz, Paige, The Miz, New Day, and more.
Bell time is 7 p.m.
WWE SmackDown is 8 p.m. Thursdays on the USA Network.
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