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Quicken Loans Arena
Tonight the Superstars of RAW are ready to rock the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, as the legend of all legends, Hulk Hogan, is set to return to RAW.
The last time RAW was in Cleveland was on Nov. 28 last year -- just one night after the Survivor Series. Tension was thick as Mr. McMahon was irate with Eric Bischoff for not coming through with his word and making him look like a fool. Bischoff greeted the Cleveland fans from inside the ring during the opening of RAW and apologized for his Superstars letting down their fans. He called them out to the ring so he could publicly and properly chastise them, but when no Superstars made their way down, an embarrassed Bischoff announced he would fire the first person he saw. Bischoff, barely getting one leg through the ropes, paused when he saw Mr. McMahon strutting smugly down to the ring. He warned Bischoff that by the end of the night his goal was to make sure that John Cena loses the WWE Championship or else Bischoff would be fired. A panicked Bischoff set a No Disqualification, Triple Threat, Submissions Match among Kurt Angle, Chris Masters and Cena, hoping that Masters and Angle would work together to take out the WWE Champion.
It looked like Angle was going to make Cena tap out to the ankle lock, but Masters grabbed Angle from behind and placed him in the Master Lock. Battered and bruised, Cena managed to climb to the top rope and connect with Angle leaving him unconscious and then made Masters tap out to the STFU. Mr. McMahon's plan was foiled.
While Cleveland fans witnessed the aftermath of last year's Survivor Series, the previous year, on Nov. 14, they were able to watch the Superstars of RAW and SmackDown battled it out from the then-Gund Arena. The main event of the night was an Elimination Match for the opportunity to be in charge of RAW the following week and included Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven representing one team, and Triple H, Batista, Edge and Snitsky representing the other. In the end, it was Randy Orton standing face-to-face with Triple H. Orton, using his agility and youth, managed to score the pinfall, winning it for his team.
The Quicken Loans Arena, or "The Q" as many locals have come to refer to it as, was opened on Oct. 17, 1994, with Billy Joel christening the stage as the grand opening performer. Next door to Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, "The Q" is where the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers host all of their home games. Able to seat 20,562 daily, "The Q" was known until August 2005 as the Gund Arena, named after Gordon Gund, former owner of the Cavs.
In the late 1800's Cleveland's Central Market area, where "The Q" stands today, was known as the center of the city, home to little neighborhoods and busy bazaars. Sadly, a fire in the 1940's destroyed the quaint locale and until ground breaking in 1992 for "the Q", it remained barren and bare. The WWE is proud to bring a new collection of unforgettable memories to the fans of Cleveland, and tonight, as Hulk Hogan returns to RAW for the first time since October, it is sure to be another great chapter in sports-entertainment history. Tune in to RAW tonight at 9/8 CT on the USA Network to be a part of it.