Arena Report - The Manchester Evening News Arena

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November 13, 2006

Blimey! On Monday, Raw will travel over the pond to Manchester, England and the Manchester Evening News Arena (M.E.N.). The 22,500 seat arena has seen its share of WWE action in the past, playing host to five pay-per-views. The M.E.N. has been the largest indoor arena in Europe since it opened its doors in July 1995 as part of Manchester's Olympic bid.

The arena was named "International Venue of the Year" in 2001, and has hosted acts including Guns N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, and U2. In 2001, WWE first rocked The M.E.N. with a UK-only pay-per-view called Rebellion that found Stone Cold Steve Austin defending the WWE Championship against The Rock. When the dust settled, Austin took the victory and retained his title.   

The last time Raw invaded Manchester and The M.E.N. was November 17, 2005 and featured a Steel Cage Match and a Divas Best Body Contest. What surprises are in store for WWE fans on Monday? Tune in to Raw at 9/8 CT on USA to find out.

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