WWE Goes to Hollywood
Leased for the 1932 Olympics, the Grand Olympic Auditorium greeted a who’s who of the L.A. grappling scene. Hall of Famers such as Freddie Blassie, Gorgeous George and The Sheik made their bones in the venue, which closed its doors in 2005 and now houses the Korean-American Glory Church of Jesus Christ.
April 7, 1986
Mr. McMahon rolled the dice on a three-venue Show of Shows as his WrestleMania encore. Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy highlighted the L.A. main event, which featured the first (and, to date, only) traditional Cage Match in ’Mania history.
March 24, 1991
The 14-match card was capped off by a main event with patriotic implications as well as WWE Title ones. Sgt. Slaughter (who was receiving death threats at the time that forced the event indoors) had turned on America previously, and it was up to Hulk Hogan to Legdrop him into the right side of history.
March 31, 1996
Shawn Michaels achieved his “boyhood dream” by winning the WWE Title in an Iron Man Match against Bret Hart, and Roddy Piper defeated Goldust in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl in a wild street fight with an actual Ford Bronco.
April 2, 2000
WWE decided to celebrate its entry into the new millennium (and the fact that the computers all still worked) with a Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Championship. Bigger than the fact that Big Show, Mankind, The Rock and Triple H were all in the main event, a McMahon family member was in each corner as well.
September 22, 2002
Brock Lesnar put his first stamp on the City of Angels when he fought Undertaker to a Double DQ in a brutal Undisputed Title bout.
April 3, 2005
The Show of Shows’ return to Los Angeles was marked by two major main events: John Cena won his first WWE Championship by defeating John Bradshaw Layfield, and Batista established himself as a force to be reckoned with when he won the World Heavyweight Title from Triple H as Evolution imploded.
No Way Out 2007
February 18, 2007
Los Angeles is known for opening doors to people who reject convention and want to march to the beat of their own drummers. With that in mind, this No Way Out card saw a mixed tag match featuring a midget, a Boogeyman, and a Little Boogeyman.
August 23, 2009
The first SummerSlam held at the STAPLES Center debuted with one of the biggest and best TLC Matches. CM Punk reclaimed the World Heavyweight Championship from Jeff Hardy after he took himself out with one giant Swanton Bomb!
August 15, 2010
Daniel Bryan made his triumphant return to WWE after being released a few months prior to help lead Team WWE over The Nexus.
August 14, 2011
CM Punk and John Cena reprised their Money In The Bank instant classic in a bout for the Undisputed Title. This re-match mirrored the intensity of the previous month’s contest, and also featured Triple H as guest referee and a MITB cash-in from Alberto Del Rio.
August 19, 2012
Billed as “The Perfect Storm,” the match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H featured so much destruction that it’s a wonder the STAPLES Center was still standing.
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