Arena Report - Bell Centre

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September 22, 2006

Tonight, Friday Night SmackDown comes to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It marks WWE's second visit to the arena this week, but it is the first time SmackDown has been there in over a year and a half.

SmackDown last broadcasted from the Bell Centre on Jan. 20, 2005 when Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero in a Royal Rumble Qualifying Match. It looks like déjà vu as the two will square off again this time around in Montreal after Chavo infuriated Mysterio when he and Vickie Guerrero were spotted with Mysterio's son.

The Bell Centre was also the site for Survivor Series on Nov. 9, 1997: the night of the infamous Montreal Screw Job when Bret Hart unsuccessfully defended the WWE Championship against Shawn Michaels in "The Hitman's" final WWE match. He was caught off-guard when HBK suddenly reversed his Sharpshooter and referee Earl Hebner called for the bell and announced HBK as the winner and new WWE Champion. Also that night, Stone Cold Steve Austin regained the Intercontinental Championship he had to relinquish after injuring his neck.

No Way Out 2003 also broadcasted from the Bell Centre. Matt Hardy won the Cruiserweight Championship and Undertaker had a memorable match with Big Show, forcing the giant to submit. Also, The Rock faced Hulk Hogan in a main event grudge match.

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.

What will happen when Chavo and Mysterio return to the Bell Centre ring as opponents once again? Find at 8/7 CT at SmackDown's new home, The CW Network.

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