Through the years SummerSlam has become more than just a premiere seasonal event for WWE.
The days leading to the “Biggest Party of the Summer” are always filled with WWE superstar visits to hospitals, schools and other places that delve in community outreach. They also take time to appear at famous landmarks and sights, which New York City happens to have for sure.
WWE’s Daniel Bryan, Carmella and Jimmy and Jey Uso were lucky enough to check out the awe-inspiring One World Observatory on Saturday, Aug. 20, the day before SummerSlam. The event was part of WWE SummerSlam Week in New York City.
The WWE contingent took in the sights, looking at the five boroughs from high above and touring the three floors of the Observatory at the top of the architectural marvel, which happens to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and sixth tallest in the world.
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After the crew ventured 102 floors to pose for photos and speak with media. The elevator is an immersive experience, taking you through 500 years of New York City’s growth in a minute via a time-lapse LED presentation.
It was an especially monumental weekend for Carmella, who was one of the SmackDown draft picks from NXT. This was one of her very first appearances since joining the main roster. She was also preparing for her first pay-per-view match at SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan was in the midst of his own transition from in-ring performer to onscreen general manager for SmackDown Live on USA Network and commentator for the Cruiserweight Classic on WWE Network.
The Usos were all smiles as they geared for another big tag team match at SummerSlam. The twin brothers are used to high flying moves, but even they were taken aback by looking down from high above in the Observatory.
“We’ve only seen views like this on a plane,” Jimmy said, “but it’s so different on the plane. Actually coming up here and taking the elevator ride, it’s dope.”
Jey added: “The elevator ride was like the coolest elevator ride ever. I immediately thought about how futuristic the whole world has become and is going to be when we started to see everything.”
For the duo, looking at the incredible landscapes was truly Uso Crazy.
The One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex and shares the name of the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The structure is truly a showcase of the strength and resolve of the American spirit.
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