Arena Report - Tingley Coliseum
Tonight, WWE makes its long awaited return to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Tingley Colisuem will host the final SmackDown before this Sunday's big Judgment Day pay-per-view.
To some, the Tingley Coliseum is remembered for hosting one of the more bizarre moments in WWE history when SmackDown emanated from Albuquerque in January '03. On that night, the infamous wedding between Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson's father Al unfolded in the middle of the SmackDown ring. The ceremony however was not without controversy. Before reciting their vows, Dawn Marie and Al insisted on removing as much of their clothing as possible, and that was just what they did. The stunned Albuquerque fans looked on as Dawn and Al said "I do", and locked lips in one of the most disturbing kisses in WWE history. That edition of SmackDown was also packed with great wrestling action. The World's Greatest Tag Team, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas were disqualified after an intense battle with the team of Chris Benoit & Edge. Later in the night, newcomer John Cena scored an upset victory over Rikishi.
The Coliseum, which opened in 1957, was named after former New Mexico Governor Clyde Tingley. The popular politician played a crucial role in the development of the Albuquerque area, and the long term success of the region. In recent years, the multi-purpose arena has hosted numerous sporting events and world class entertainers. Among the stars that have recently played the Coliseum are Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Tonight, WWE will write the next chapter in Tingley Coliseum history. Be sure to tune in as SmackDown goes full steam ahead towards Judgment Day.