Arena Report - TD Banknorth Arena, Boston

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August 20, 2006

Tonight, the WWE Superstars roll into the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston for SummerSlam. The annual pay-per-view event is being hailed as The Biggest Party of the Summer, and there's no better place to throw it than Beantown, a city that has hosted some of the biggest parties in our nation's history.

For example, the famous Boston Tea Party must have been a rowdy good time. On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty, three groups of 50 Boston residents organized by Samuel Adams (always a good decision) boarded three ships docked in Griffin's Wharf and proceeded to dump 342 crates of tea into Boston Harbor in protest of British taxes.

That event helped to spark the American Revolution, and you can only imagine the celebration that must have gone down in Boston on July 4, 1776, when the Land of the Free was officially born. Tonight's match between DX and the McMahons may have been over 300 years in the making, but thousands of newly independent Americans surely took to the streets and gave England the proverbial, "Suck it!"

Of course, nobody parties quite like WWE does, and Boston has seen more than its share of all-time WWE moments, including the first WWE Championship for one of the toughest S.O.B.'s to ever step into the squared circle. On March 29, 1998, WrestleMania XIV was in full force in this very arena, then known as the Fleet Center. With Mike Tyson keeping watch as special guest referee, Steve Austin challenged Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship. Austin nailed HBK with a Stone Cold Stunner, and Tyson -- who had previously aligned himself with DX -- counted the 1-2-3, giving the Texas Rattlesnake his first WWE Championship. WrestleMania XIV was also the very first time that The Rock used the phrase, "If ya smell what The Rock is cookin,'" which eventually went down in the pantheon of all-time sports-entertainment catchphrases.

The last time WWE ventured to the TD Banknorth Arena was December 12, 2005 for Monday Night RAW. That night's festivities included five matches which would determine WWE Champion John Cena's five challengers for the Elimination Chamber Match at January's New Year's Revolution pay-per-view. Also, John Cena was forced to face Daivari in the first (and so far only) "You Can't See Me" Match, in which the WWE Champion was actually blindfolded. Daivari's attempt to embarrass Cena in front of his hometown fans was foiled, as the Champion locked in the STFU and won by submission. As he returns home tonight, Cena will be looking for a similar result against WWE Champion Edge just one week after the Rated R Superstar invaded Cena's family's home and slapped Cena's father.

Tonight, SummerSlam invades the TD Banknorth Center, and the WWE Superstars will be looking to add to the long list of memories that have already been made within the arena's walls. Will the hometown hero hoist the WWE Championship? Will Randy Orton slay the biggest legend of them all? Will The Biggest Party of the Summer be DX-style? You can't find out anywhere but on pay-per-view tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.



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