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Miami in the running to host 2018, 2019 or 2020 WWE WrestleMania

John Cena, right, fights Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania 28 at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012.
John Cena, right, fights Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania 28 at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Is it time to get ready to rumble — again — Miami?

Perhaps. The biggest event in pro wrestling could be headed back to South Florida.

The region has submitted a bid to host WWE’s WrestleMania at the Dolphins’ renovated stadium in either 2018, 2019 or 2020, and local organizers are optimistic about the region’s chances, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the process tell the Miami Herald.

WrestleMania is the signature event of World Wrestling Entertainment’s calendar. The pay-per-view event has been held in South Florida once, in 2012, and was an unqualified success.

More than 78,000 wrestling fans packed Miami’s football facility, then known as Sun Life Stadium, for WrestleMania 28. The fight drew 1.2 million pay-per-view buys, which is the largest subscription audience in the event’s history. The University of Miami’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson defeated John Cena in the much-hyped main event.

WWE likely couldn’t match that attendance figure should the fight return to Miami. The Dolphins’ stadium, which is currently unnamed, has shed some 10,000 seats during its half billion dollar renovation project.

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The latest bid is a collaborative effort among the Miami Dolphins, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami Beach Convention Center and the AmericanAirlines Arena/HEAT Group. The partners submitted their bid in February and are waiting to hear back from WWE.

If geography is a factor, Miami is probably best positioned to land WrestleMania in 2019 or 2020. WrestleMania 33, held next April, will be in Orlando, and the WWE might not want to come to Florida in consecutive years.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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