Arena Report- Crown Coliseum

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June 26, 2006

It's been nearly three years since RAW has returned to Fayetteville, North Carolina's Crown Coliseum—a 13,500 seat multi-purpose arena built in 1997 and home to the Fayetteville FireAntz ice-hockey team and the Fayetteville Guard indoor football team.

The last visit from RAW was in October 2003 when Chris Jericho defeated RVD to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Jericho slapped the Walls of Jericho on RVD and got the tap, but immediately following the match Co-GM of RAW Stone Cold Steve Austin announced Jericho would rematch RVD in a Steel Cage match that same night. In their second match of the evening, RVD climbed out of the cage first to reclaim the Intercontinental gold he lost earlier.

At WWE's last televised event in Fayetteville, an episode of SmackDown in July 2004, JBL defended the WWE Championship he won two nights earlier at The Great American Bash against Spike Dudley. After nailing JBL with a Dudley Dog and nearly getting a three count, the future SmackDown commentator was able to regroup and regain control over Spike to retain his Championship.  Also that night, Booker T became the No. 1 contender for the U.S. Championship by beating RVD and Rene Dupree in a Triple Threat Match.

Another memorable SmackDown moment from Fayetteville was in 2001, when the first Gravy Bowl Invitational Match took place between Stacy Keibler and WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus. After a fierce Thanksgiving dinner food fight, the match spilled into the gravy bowl (a pool filled with gravy) where Trish retained her Championship by locking in the Camel Clutch to make Stacy tap out.

What will the fallout from Vengeance bring to Fayetteville tonight when RAW invades the Crown? Can John Cena retake WWE Championship in his match against ECW's Rob Van Dam? What's next for DX now that they've overcome the odds and defeated all five members of the Spirit Squad? Does Mr. McMahon have something planned for Shawn Michaels and Triple H? RAW, live from the Crown Coliseum, 9/8 CT on USA is the only place to get all the answers.

 

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