Arena Report - Mellon Arena

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November 27, 2006

Raw Superstars invade Pittsburgh for the second time this year when they come to Mellon Arena to do battle.

The brand last visited the arena on June 5, when Big Show defeated Triple H by disqualification. Since he did not win the match, The Game was forced to join the Kiss My Ass Club. Raw also broadcasted from the Mellon Arena on Aug. 8, 2005 and July 26, 2004, when Randy Orton won a Battle Royal to become No. 1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam.

In 1995, SummerSlam took place in Pittsburgh. That night, Shawn Michaels retained his Intercontinental Championship when he faced Razor Ramon in a Ladder Match. Also, Undertaker beat Kama in a memorable Casket Match.

Mellon Arena's second WWE pay-per-view event was 1998's King of the Ring. Ken Shamrock topped The Rock to earn the honor in the main event, while Kane outlasted Steve Austin in a First Blood Match to obtain the WWE Championship. Undertaker also pinned Mankind in a brutal Hell in a Cell Match.

WWE pay-per-view returned to Pittsburgh in 2001 with Unforgiven. The Rock earned the WCW Championship by defeating Booker T and Shane McMahon in a Handicap Match. Most recently, Pittsburgh WWE fans saw No Way Out 2005 in their hometown, when John Bradshaw Layfield retained his WWE Championship against Big Show in a Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match.

Constructed in 1961, Mellon Arena is the oldest NHL arena in North America. In addition to serving as home to the Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins, the arena also hosts the Pittsburgh Xplosion Continental Basketball Association team. It has also held the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and was the alternate home to the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball teams. It currently serves as Duquesne University's men's basketball team's alternative home court.

In addition to sports-entertainment, the arena is known for being the site of the action movie Sudden Death and the basketball movie, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. The venue also holds concerts, perhaps most famous of which was Elvis Presley's performance on Dec. 31, 1976. It was the last New Year's Elvis would be alive for.

What will happen tonight in one of the country's most historic arenas? Find out at 9/8 CT on USA.

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