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Funny thing is in the World of Sport days, a lot of the biggest regular venues were ice rinks. Wembley Arena (aka Empire Pool) aside, you didn't have many 10,000 seater indoor arenas at the time because there weren't any sports that required it and concerts weren't as big a deal at the time. Ice rinks often had several thousand seats for ice hockey games, which were perfect for weekly wrestling shows when the business was hot. Nottingham Ice Rink was the main venue for "big-time" matches outside of the Royal Albert Hall at one stage.

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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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8 hours ago, Sheffbag said:

My lad plays hockey and it truly is the one fixture you look at and go "do i really need to go"

Aye, it was a dump when I was going in the nineties and I'd be surprised if any work has been done since. The bar would happily serve 14 year old me during the Warriors games so you didn't really care about it's being a shithole. 

 

The bowling alley upstairs was a treat too, no electronic scoring, alleys that were warped as fuck and balls with big chips out of them. 

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Regarding Whitely Bay Ice Rink.  I went to a show at a social club located around the back of it in 2006, featuring a young Drew McIntyre/Galloway.  There was a meat raffle, and I remember a 50 year old or so woman asking me and my mates (who were 16 at the time) if we were staying around for the stripping that was on after the wrestling.  

Shame that McIntyre never made it across the car park to the big time of the main venue of the ice rink.

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7 hours ago, bbabba said:

Regarding Whitely Bay Ice Rink.  I went to a show at a social club located around the back of it in 2006, featuring a young Drew McIntyre/Galloway.  There was a meat raffle, and I remember a 50 year old or so woman asking me and my mates (who were 16 at the time) if we were staying around for the stripping that was on after the wrestling.  

Shame that McIntyre never made it across the car park to the big time of the main venue of the ice rink.

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Some proper north-east indy blasts from the past on that card! 

I never saw wrestling at Whitley Bay ice rink but we did go occasionally when it was open for ice skating so I've probably taken my fair share of bumps on the ice. I don't remember it being the nicest of places.

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On 3/30/2021 at 12:32 PM, tiger_rick said:

One of the first clips I downloaded via p2p software. Probably took 3 hours to download a grainy 30 second clip at the 4th attempt after the previous three were deliberately misleading bestiality porn.

Was it just the backstage segments from the Kurt Angle/Booker T feud? 

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I did attend a local wrestling show in a school yard in 2004, but was it rained off. 

Went down with a few mates, obviously with no wrestling going ahead we decided to do something else, so we headed down the coast (rain or not) and ended up watching T'Pau! 

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On 4/2/2021 at 12:56 AM, bbabba said:

Regarding Whitely Bay Ice Rink.  I went to a show at a social club located around the back of it in 2006, featuring a young Drew McIntyre/Galloway.  There was a meat raffle, and I remember a 50 year old or so woman asking me and my mates (who were 16 at the time) if we were staying around for the stripping that was on after the wrestling.  

Shame that McIntyre never made it across the car park to the big time of the main venue of the ice rink.

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https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=17558   

Given its Whitley Bay,  I'm surprised she wasn't the first prize in the meat raffle

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3 hours ago, Sheffbag said:

Given its Whitley Bay,  I'm surprised she wasn't the first prize in the meat raffle

Is Whitley Bay still brimming with strip clubs? We used to go there a few times each year on a lads night out and the place got rougher and rougher on every visit....

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1 hour ago, Cod Eye said:

Is Whitley Bay still brimming with strip clubs? We used to go there a few times each year on a lads night out and the place got rougher and rougher on every visit....

Nah, thankfully that whole, awful, drinking strip has died a death. Got quite a decent micro pub scene now though, which is much better now my teens are well behind me 😂

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I only ever heard of Whitley Bay from Dire Straits' song Tunnel Of Love - "...from Cullercoats to Whitley Bay".

What's Cullercoats like?

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spacer.pngCullercoats was a quite traditional fishing village originally but now the whole stretch of coastline from Whitley to Tynemouth is basically one conurbation. Cullercoats Bay is very bonny, although so are most of the beaches on the north east coast. 

 

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I always thought the Blackburn ice rink was an odd choice for the wwf, but that was back in 94 during the slump. I had been there skating so many times before so I found it fascinating that they were there. WCW used it the year before. 

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19 minutes ago, TheCrisis said:

I always thought the Blackburn ice rink was an odd choice for the wwf, but that was back in 94 during the slump. I had been there skating so many times before so I found it fascinating that they were there. WCW used it the year before. 

Same for me with Hull Ice Arena, a venue so small the company had to put their concession stand outside.

Didnt stop WWF running there in 1994, 1995 and 2005 though. 

SO crazy seeing The Undertaker, Batista, Triple H, Bret Hart, Ric Flair and others wrestle in a building so small the wrestlers could touch the lighting rig if they stood on the middle rope. 

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Was there anywhere else they could have played at the time? Up here back then the ice rink was basically the biggest indoor venue in the North East, once the Newcastle Arena was built a couple of years later the ice rink all but stopped being used for live performances. 

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