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Following on from discussion of WWE running shows at Peterborough Ice Rink, I thought it would be interesting to discuss/dig up some unusual venues that WWE have run over the years.

I’m somewhat fascinated by arenas, stadiums and smaller venues, especially when WWE rock up and sprinkle their magic production dust over them.

Before COVID, every RAW broadcast looked almost identical, regardless of where they were filming from or how many fans had turned up. So much so, that a WWE show always felt a bit more special when things looked a little different.

During the slump of the early 90s, WWE were running some truly small-time halls for their RAW tapings, such as the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in New York on 3rd August 1993.

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At the other end of the scale, WWE at Leeds is interesting as the venue isn’t the classic oval shape, with the tiered seating only really on one side of the ring:
 
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I’d be surprised to see much show up from Peterborough or Blackburn, but what other unusual venues are you aware of?

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The Colosseum like stadium they used to run in Nimes looked really cool.

If we're counting NXT...   This place they ran in Paris looks amazing

Following on from discussion of WWE running shows at Peterborough Ice Rink, I thought it would be interesting to discuss/dig up some unusual venues that WWE have run over the years. I’m somewhat

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The BIC in Bournemouth is like that with 90 percent of tiered seats on one side.

There's the Roman collesium in France they ran a show and a bull ring in Spain. They looked pretty unique.

I always thought it was odd they ran Coventry SkyDome in 05. I know it was rumoured to derail Universal uproar but I wonder if it was to capitalise on more tickets in the Midlands if Birmingham sold out?

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I didn't know WWE had run Bournemouth, but here's a video. You can't see the entire arena, but it's clearly a lot smaller than the kind of venue you'd associate with WWE. If it weren't for the apron and graphics, you'd be forgiven of thinking this was an indi show at first glance.

 

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The Battle Royal at the Royal Albert Hall always fascinated me as a kid. Such a different venue to everything else you saw on their shows. I still love that show. It's just so unique. Taker's entrance being particularly great.

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I think a lot of the venues they use for house shows in America, even in the modern day would fit as being unusual.   Some of them are so small.

The locations for some of the Axxess events have been quite unusual from the point of view of watching WWE matches live.  2013 being quite an unusual setup at the Izod Center.  2019 being unusual just in that it was in a pier ferry terminal.  I think Royal Rumble fanfest (with matches) took place in the lobby of an arena, rather than inside the arena itself.  They also did a couple of shows on the beach a while back.   Also, the Wall Street show in 2000 (did they also do one on Times Square once too?).

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22 minutes ago, The Dart said:

I think a lot of the venues they use for house shows in America, even in the modern day would fit as being unusual.   Some of them are so small.

The locations for some of the Axxess events have been quite unusual from the point of view of watching WWE matches live.  2013 being quite an unusual setup at the Izod Center.  2019 being unusual just in that it was in a pier ferry terminal.  I think Royal Rumble fanfest (with matches) took place in the lobby of an arena, rather than inside the arena itself.  They also did a couple of shows on the beach a while back.   Also, the Wall Street show in 2000 (did they also do one on Times Square once too?).

They did stuff in Times Square around around a couple of mid 90s Wrestlemanias, think they called them “Public Workouts”

Surely the early episodes of Shotgun Saturday Night wins this. Dingy nightclubs, Penn Station etc

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I will forever be in love with the Wrestlemania 9 "Roman Coliseum." What a fantastic job they did in making a couple of bleachers in a car park look that good.

On my first trip to Vegas in 2011 I tried looking for it around the back of the casino, but found out later its been long since built upon.

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While on the subject of mid 90's WWF taping shitholes, I remember this one looking pretty awful on TV. 1993 represented a clear drop off, in early 93 they were still taping in decent sized arenas, but the by the end of it they were really in high school gym teritorry.

The Feb 1994 tapings at the Fernwood Resort and Convention Center in Bushkill, PA sounds interesting and looks tiny....  

 

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50 minutes ago, The Dart said:

If we're counting NXT...

 

This place they ran in Paris looks amazing

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At first glance I thought the blue thing on the right was a slide.

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Nimes looks absolutely incredible. If it was stateside we'd have had one or two kickass Roman themed 'Manias there by now. 

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Talking of the smaller building they taped TV at in that '93 period. I've always thought they really helped with the success of the early days of RAW. The more intimate, dressed down setting the Manhattan Center helped both give the show a fresh, stripped down look, but the crowd there made the shows look so much fun to be at. I remember being so jealous of the Americans as we didn't get Raw here at the time, barring a few highlights sprinkled amongst the squashes. The idea of a weekly show having competitive matches each time was amazing to 11 year old me...

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