Arena Report - Scottrade Center
SmackDown returns to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis for the second time this year. On April 21 in St. Louis, Booker T topped Matt Hardy in the first round of the King of the Ring, beginning the history of SmackDown's King. Will the World Heavyweight Champion have a successful night again this time at the Scottrade Center?
The King of the World also had success in SmackDown's previous visit on Nov. 4, 2004 when he beat Orlando Jordan via disqualification. He also pinned Jordan later that night in a tag team match as he and Josh Matthews beat Jordan and John Bradshaw Layfield.
The Scottrade Center has also been the site for three pay-per-view events. The first was In Your House: Badd Blood in 1997 when Kane made his first WWE appearance, interfering with Undertaker's Hell in a Cell Match against Shawn Michaels. Also that night, Bret Hart and the British Bulldog defeated Vader and the Patriot in a Flag Match.
In 1998, the Scottrade Center hosted Survivor Series. The Rock was victorious in the main event, defeating Mankind in the finals of a tournament for the WWE Championship. Most recently, St. Louis was home to No Mercy 2001. The WCW Championship changed hands when the Rock defeated Chris Jericho and earlier in the night, Undertaker defeated Booker T. The main event saw Stone Cold Steve Austin retain his WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match against Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam.
The Scottrade Center, formerly the Kiel Center and the Savvis Center, opened in 1994. It holds 20,000 people and sells nearly two million tickets every year. It serves as home to NHL's St. Louis Blues and St. Louis University's Division I basketball teams. It also frequently holds major concerts. In addition to WWE pay-per-views, the Scottrade Center hosted the 1998 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament, the Final Four for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in 2001 and the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships three times since 2000.
What will happen this time around at the Scottrade Center? Will it be another strong night for King Booker? Find out at 8/7 CT on the CW Network.