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If you were to have a high profile match or attend a big time show and had a choice of wrestling arenas to wrestle or watch it from….what would be your top five arenas you would choose? It doesn’t matter how big or small or if the building still exists or not.
Wow some of these venues have an amazing amount of history.
Mid south Coliseum, the Omni, Cobo Hall, Hammerstein ballroom / Manhattan center , Koruken Hall, Greensboro Coliseum, Sunnyside Gardens.
Dallas Texas was the home of a wrestling boom in the early 80s. And the building they used as home was the Sportatorium. The building’s meaning and mystique has been spoken about by some of the biggest legends in the history of the sport ( something that could be said for all the venues on the list). It was one of the few buildings nationally known to the fan base that was not on a big 3 national stage platform. That goes to show the importance it carried.
4) Elks Lodge Queens NY
An amazing atmosphere and a rabid fan base , the nicknamed madhouse of extreme was a gathering place for New York’s wrestling die hards…whether it would be ECW or one of many independent groups that took over the venue…wrestling at the elks was magical ( I know the feeling 1st hand) Not a bad seat in the house, and when packed to capacity, that top balcony area felt like it was about to come down. Sadly the original Elks no longer allows wrestling (the smaller Elks next door does, but its not quite the same) but the magic and memories in that building will last a lifetime
3) Tokyo Dome
New Japan’s wrestle kingdom, which in years past has been called the Japanese equivalent to Wrestlemania takes place in this venue . A venue also rich in wrestling history, as many of the greatest Japanese legends and Gaijin talent have done battle within its confines.
2) ECW arena
Only in professional wrestling can a small time, run down bingo hall on the rough side of Philadelphia become one of the most famous and influential wrestling venues of all time. The birthplace of a revolution, where like minded fans gathered to cheer wrestling that was outside the norm of the large national television shows. Blood, guts and amazing technical wrestling was on display. So great the influence that both major companies at the time borrowed from its ideas. The building still holds wrestling events to this day, opening the door for the future of the industry.
1) Madison Square Garden
Nothing else can come in at number 1. It is called the world’s most famous arena for a reason. The mecca of pro wrestling and other sports as well. Its history can’t be measured. Its smack dab in the middle of the most famous and largest city in the world, our very own New York city. Some of the all time greats captured titles built their legacies and throughout the decades entertained millions that walked through its hallowed halls.
The Cow Palace
A truly iconic building for professional wrestling on the west coast in California. The Madison Square Garden of the West Coast and the venue that hosted countless matches from Roy Shire’s Big Time Wrestling.
Mid South Coliseum
I have never had the privilege of attending a wrestling show in that venue, but I grew up reading about it and watching classic match ups with the likes of Jerry Lawler, The Rock N Roll Express, The Fabulous Ones and even Andy Kaufman. Definitely a very historic part of Memphis wrestling history.
Located in Detroit, Michigan….Cobo was the site of thousands upon thousands of classic wrestling matches. Most of which were booked by the legenday Sheik Ed Farhat.
WTBS Studios: 1050 Techwood Drive
This location in Atlanta, Georgia was certainly not an arena of any sort, but still was a very important part of wrestling history. A television studio that hosted many great wrestling matches and wrestling moments throughout the years. The site of the Georgia Championship Wrestling program as well as Jim Crockett Promotions for several years.
The Dallas Sportatorium
While the Dallas Sportatorium no longer exists and it had a horrible reputation of being run down, hot and rat infested…it still holds a special place in my heart. The site of World Class Championship Wrestling where the Von Erich’s battled the Freebirds and many other villains like Devastation Incorporated and Gino Hernandez et al.