Arena Report - Nationwide Arena

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May 01, 2006

WWE comes to the Nationwide Arena in the capital city of Columbus, Ohio tonight for Monday Night RAW. WWE has an extensive history at the Nationwide Arena, last visiting Columbus in August of last year for a live edition of SmackDown that saw "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton take on the returning WWE Legend Kamala.

In recent years, the Nationwide Arena has hosted two WWE pay-per-view events. Before it was brought back to SmackDown this year, the last King of the Ring Tournament was held in Columbus in 2002. King of the Ring featured no fewer than three memorable contests. Amongst them was a battle of legends, as Ric Flair defeated Eddie Guerrero. Triple H came up short in his challenge of Undertaker for the WWE Championship. And, in a dream match, Kurt Angle used the Ankle Lock submission to defeat the immortal Hulk Hogan.

In 2004, WWE brought the Bad Blood pay-per-view to Columbus. At Bad Blood, Chris Benoit pulled double duty, first teaming with Edge in a losing effort against La Resistance for the WWE Tag Team Championship, and then later in the night, he successfully defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Kane. The main event of the evening was a classic Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The Game and The Showstopper pushed the limits and went nearly one hour to settle the score in one of the most intense rivalries in WWE history. Triple H came out on top after hitting the Pedigree not once, but two times on HBK.

The Nationwide Arena, opened in the year 2000, is one of the most beautiful and unique venues for sports and entertainment in the United States. The Nationwide Arena, which seats up to 20,000 people for WWE events is also the home of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Arena Football League's Columbus Destroyers.

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