Arena Report - Bell Centre

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September 18, 2006

Tonight, WWE continues its Canadian tour when RAW comes to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. This is RAW's first Montreal visit in over a year.

RAW last broadcasted from the Bell Centre on Aug. 15, 2005 when Shawn Michaels interrupted Hulk Hogan's main event, slapping the Sharpshooter on the Hulkster after faking Sweet Chin Music. Canadian RAW fans erupted in anger, still bitter about Michaels' role in the notorious Montreal Screw Job that took place in that same arena eight years earlier.

How could fans forget Nov. 9, 1997? That night, at Survivor Series, Bret Hart was defending the WWE Championship against Michaels when HBK suddenly reversed Hart's Sharpshooter and referee Earl Hebner called for the bell. Security surrounded the ring as Hart exploded with anger, and "The Hitman" left WWE that night having lost the WWE Championship as well as respect.

Pay-per-view returned to the Bell Centre in 2003 with No Way Out. That night, The Rock faced Hulk Hogan in a main event grudge match. Triple H also retained the World Heavyweight Championship despite interference from Ric Flair and other Superstars.

Formerly the Molson Centre, the Bell Centre opened in 1996 as the home to the Montreal Canadians. Today, the Bell Centre still boasts the largest seating capacity of all NHL venues, as it can pack up to 21,273 people. The Bell Centre hosted the 1996 Hockey World Cup championship game when the United States defeated Canada. It has also been home to a lacrosse team and a junior hockey league team.

How will Montreal WWE fans respond when John Cena enters the arena as the new WWE Champion? Find out on RAW at 9/8 CT on USA.

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