Arena Report - Tacoma Dome
WWE returns to the City of Destiny tonight for a live broadcast of Monday Night RAW. The Tacoma Dome, which is among the largest wooden-domed structures in the world, will host the biggest show in sports-entertainment for the first time since 2004.
WWE’s last Tacoma visit was in February ’04 for SmackDown. Rey Mysterio defeated Tajiri with the 619 in a fast paced opening contest. Later, the APA defeated The World’s Greatest Tag Team after JBL delivered a Clothesline from Hell on Shelton Benjamin. In the main event, Eddie Guerrero & John Cena defeated World Champion Brock Lesnar & Big Show in a tag team match when Eddie used a surprise roll up to pin Brock.
In 2001, a historic edition of RAW emanated from the Tacoma Dome. In happier times, Matt Hardy & Lita teamed up to defeat Big Show & Trish in mixed tag team action. In the main event, WCW Champion Booker T faced off against Buff Bagwell in the first ever WCW match on a WWE show. The first-time contest didn’t last long as Kurt Angle and Steve Austin ran down and interrupted the match. The WWE Superstars attacked their WCW foes and literally threw them out of the building.
WWE set a Tacoma Dome record for a May ’00 edition of SmackDown. The event was the quickest non-concert sellout in Tacoma Dome history. On that jam-packed show, Kurt Angle defeated JBL in a King of the Ring qualifying match, and Chris Benoit defeated D’Lo Brown to retain the Intercontinental Championship. In the evening’s huge main event, Kane defeated World Heavyweight Champion Triple H in a non-title match.
In 1999, World Championship Wrestling left its mark on the dome. Tacoma hosted WCW’s annual pay-per-view spectacular Spring Stampede. On a historic show, Diamond Dallas Page won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship by defeating two great champions in their own right, Ric Flair and Hollywood Hogan in a Triple Threat Match. Also on the show, Rey Mysterio defeated Billy Kidman, and Goldberg beat Kevin Nash in a battle of big men.
The Dome, which opened in 1983, is located in Downtown Tacoma right off the water of the Commencement Bay. The venue is a popular home for many regional college and high school athletic events, and was the temporary home of the NBA’s Seattle Super Sonics for the 1994-95 Season.
Tacoma has already been a major part of WWE history, and tonight will be no different as Mr. McMahon will name the newest RAW General Manager. Tune in live at 9/8 CT on USA to find out who it is.