Vince McMahon announced yesterday that WWE would make AT&T Stadium the home for WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas. AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League and now the place where WrestleMania will be on April 6, 2016. That’s more than a year from now, but the WWE isn’t done planning big events in advance.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plans are already starting to take shape for WrestleMania 33 in 2017. One city in particular will surprise the WWE Universe with their bid for WrestleMania 33.
“Philadelphia is expected to put in a bid for WrestleMania 33 in 2017. Orlando is among the other cities that has already put in a bid for that show. If they do the show in Philadelphia then the idea would be for WrestleMania to held at Lincoln Financial Field and Monday Night Raw and the WWE Hall of Fame at the Wells Fargo Center.
“Those in Philadelphia have said that they were notable to bid yet because of schedule conflicts. Those in San Jose say that when they were bidding for 2015, it came down to San Jose and Philadelphia as the final two cities being considered.”
Philadelphia would make a great place for WrestleMania, because of the long history that Philadelphia has with professional wrestling. It is the home for Extreme Championship Wrestling, which will make for a great Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday.
The last time Philadelphia hosted WrestleMania, it was WrestleMania XV in 1999 when the Rock faced Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No DQ match for the WWF championship, with Mankind as the special guest referee. Since then, WrestleMania has never come to the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Going back to WrestleMania 32 next year, the WWE has a prime opportunity to cash-in on two legendary wrestlers that live near AT&T Stadium. Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker are from the area and have the ability to wrestle another match. There’s still potential of Taker wrestling Bray Wyatt at this year’s WrestleMania, but if he doesn’t, a return in 2016 would blow the roof off AT&T Stadium.
Jim Ross, legendary WWE announcer, talked about the possibilities of Austin and Taker working WrestleMania 32 on his blog, Jr’s Bar-B-Q.
“Enjoyed spending some quality time this past weekend with Steve Austin in Los Angeles. He is looking great and would be a perfect fit, in my opinion, to return to the ring in Dallas next year for WM32.
“I could see WWE adding a major Undertaker match to this potential record breaker of an event that is if Taker would be physicality good to go in 2016.”
Ross is one of the most-gifted minds in professional wrestling history and his WWE analysis is always a treat to read. The WWE has over a year to decide if Austin and Taker can perform at WrestleMania 32, but the time will come when the contracts need to be signed. Hopefully for the WWE Universe, they get to hear glass shattering and a loud gong on April 6, 2016.
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