Arena Report - Thomas & Mack Center
RAW makes its return to the campus of UNLV tonight for a live edition of Monday Night RAW. The Thomas & Mack Center, located just minutes from the famous Las Vegas strip has long been a popular host of big-time wrestling and boxing events.
WWE‘s last visit to the Thomas & Mack Center was for the Vengeance pay-per-view in June of 2005. The blockbuster event had two huge main events. In the first half, John Cena retained his WWE Championship by defeating Chris Jericho and Christian in a Triple Threat match. Later, Batista made history by defending his World Heavyweight Championship in a Hell in a Cell match, becoming the first man to defeat Triple H in such a match.
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas also hosted a WWE pay-per-view in 2001, when No Way Out came to the Thomas & Mack. In another double main event, Triple H defeated Stone Cold in a unique Three Stages of Hell match. Austin recorded the first fall in a standard WWE rules match. The Game won the second match, which was a Street Fight, and later, he clinched the win with a pin in their Steel Cage Match. Later, The Rock defeated Kurt Angle to win his 6th WWE Championship.
Prior to tonight, RAW's last visit to the arena was for two separate shows in 2002. In February of that year, the main event saw Undertaker & Chris Jericho use a lead pipe to defeat The Rock & Stone Cold in a special tag team match. On the October show, Eric Bischoff debuted the popular RAW Roulette. Every contest was made via a spin of the wheel. Some of the matches included Booker T over Big Show in a Steel Cage, Trish over Stacy in a Bra and Panties Paddle on a Pole match, and in the main event, Kane single handedly defended the WWE Tag Team Championship by defeating Christian & Jericho, Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy and Bubba & Spike in a Tag Team Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
The arena opened in 1983, and has hosted some of sports and entertainments biggest and most popular acts. In 1999, the arena set a Nevada state record when the Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis fight grossed over $18 million. Of course, the music world has also left its mark in Las Vegas. Luciano Pavarotti, Phish, Celine Dion and Garth Brooks are just a few to play on the campus of UNLV.
The Thomas & Mack Center is the proud home of the UNLV Running Rebels NCAA Basketball team, as well as the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League. In 2007, the arena will host the NBA All Star Game, marking the first a venue has hosted the event without actually having a team in the league.
Be sure to witness the next chapter of WWE history in Las Vegas as RAW comes to you live at 9/8 CT, only on USA.