Top Five Wrestling Venues

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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.


 

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Wow some of these venues have an amazing amount of history. 


Honorable mention 
Mid south Coliseum,  the Omni, Cobo Hall, Hammerstein ballroom / Manhattan center , Koruken Hall, Greensboro Coliseum,  Sunnyside Gardens.


5) Sportatorium

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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. 


 

Brian

The Cow Palace

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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

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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.

Cobo Hall

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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

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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

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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.

12 thoughts on “Top Five Wrestling Venues

  1. I’ve driven around 1050 Techwood Drive but never went there as that’s a place that I need to go as a wrestling fan. The Omni was a great arena back in the day as I just love the atmosphere of it. A part of me died when it was demolished as the State Farm Arena (terrible name) is alright but it’s not the same.

    If we were going for a historical context of the greatest venues in the history of pro wrestling. Here are the 10 in no particular order:

    1. Madison Square Garden
    2. Tokyo Dome
    3. the Chase in St. Louis
    4. ECW Arena
    5. the Cow Palace
    6. Sportatorium
    7. Hammerstein Ballroom
    8. Cobo Hall
    9. Mid South Coliseum
    10. Korkuren Hall

    The venues right now has changed as they all kind of look the same though I will give AEW credit for trying to go to different places as Daily’s Place in Jacksonville is their home and the genius of making an amphitheater into a wrestling venue I thought would never happen. Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens is an unlikely place yet they made it work.

    Since there is a lot of talk about attendance records as I still don’t buy the idea that Arlington Stadium had 100,000 people for WrestleMania 32 as I will stick to the 87,000 people at the Silverdome for WrestleMania III. What would it take for any wrestling promotion to… sell out the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro which can put in an attendance of nearly 150,000? KISS sold out that stadium back in 1983 to a number like that while Paul McCartney and Tina Turner both had nearly 200k in that stadium alone.

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    • Okay. If you’re selling out 150,000 seats:

      1- The show would have to be a LEGITIMATE WWE vs. AEW PPV. Neither company purchased the other. Both companies are 100% willing to play ball with the other company and fully cooperate in this PPV event, right up to “Vince McMahon and Tony Khan signed a legal document that both companies will go .500 “on the undercard” (secretly for the whole PPV, but not mentioned to the fans there for reasons said below.

      2- The reason for the second: The four main events are: AEW World/TNT/Tag Team/Women’s Champ vs. a WWE World/secondary/Tag Team/Women’s Champ, Title vs. Title, with the stipulation: No time limit, no DQs, no countouts, no schmozz finishes, no draws possible in any way, shape, or form, Both companies etch in stone for these matches: There MUST BE A WINNER, that winner WILL WIN BOTH TITLES, and the champion WILL APPEAR on the other corresponding show for the duration of their title reign.

      3- The rest of the show is some WWE matches, some AEW matches, some WWE vs. AEW,. and…whatever, since it’s local to Rio and you need local heroes to get people to show up at the ring, Tay Conti gets a TBS Women’s Title shot (and it’s strongly hinted “she wins the big one.”)

      Do all of those things , and if the pandemic ends, yeah, you can sell out 150k seats.

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    • Agreed re: Arlington and WM 3. However I believe the number for Arlington was 87,000. For WM 3 it’s been 78,000 paid with 15,000 comped. Stay healthy and positive👍

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  2. Its smack dab in the middle of the most famous and largest city in the world, our very own New York city.

    It’s probably in the mix for most famous, but New York isn’t even close to being the largest city in the world.

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  3. 1) Madison Square Garden
    2) Tokyo Dome
    3)Mid south coliseum
    4)ECW Arena
    5) ok this a bizarre one and little known But Blackpool Tower circus ring it only hold 500-700 at push but there stars that worked there is amazing Mark rollerball Rocco,Tony st Claire , Adrain Adonis ,Ray Stevens,Davey boy Smith, dynamite kid,bret Hart,fitlay,Owen Hart,stu Hart, and all old British shooters, and stars

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  4. I don’t know how there can be a discussion about wrestling venues without mentioning Arena Mexico. It was built a hundred years ago for boxing, then in the 1930s also started being used for wrestling by the company now known as CMLL, who currently own it. All the lucha legends like Santo, Blue Demon and everyone who came after, have performed there, as well as international stars like Jushin Thunder Liger and Shinsuke Nakamura.
    Been there many times, always a great time (altho the quality of CMLL has declined quite a bit in recent years).

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  5. In Alabama, we had/ have the Boutwell Auditorium and when I was young we would go there to see The Armstrongs battle the Welches. I miss those day.

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