Arena Report - The Colonial Center

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October 09, 2006

Tonight, reigning WWE Champion John Cena and company will return to the Colonial Center in Columbia, S.C. for the first time in over three years. After retaining the gold against former champion Edge, what is next for the star of The Marine?

A lot has changed since RAW's last Columbia appearance on Sept. 15, 2003. The Fabulous Moolah, celebrating her 80th birthday, beat Victoria after catching her off guard and rolling her up with a pin. Val Venis was in action that night, defeating the current ECW force, Test. Also, Jerry "The King" Lawler notched a win over Al Snow.

WWE has had two other previous broadcasts from the Colonial Center since it opened in 2002. RAW was there on July 28, 2002 and SmackDown made its sole visit to the center on Dec. 9, 2005.

The Colonial Center is home to the University of South Carolina men's and women's basketball teams and also regularly hosts high school basketball championships. It has the ability to host ice hockey, which owner Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company of Columbia hopes to utilize soon.

Seating 18,000, the Colonial Center is the 10th largest college arena in the world. In 2005, it was ranked the number one arena in the Carolinas and the number two university arena -- in terms of ticket sales -- worldwide. The center is also known for hosting non-sports related events such as Sesame Street, American Idol and major concerts.

What will happen with Jeff Hardy as the new Intercontinental Champion? Who will leave RAW when Kane and Umaga face off? Find out at 9/8 CT on USA.

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