Arena Report - Bryce Jordan Center

The 15,261 seats of the Bryce Jordan Center will no doubt be packed once again when the WWE returns to Penn State University for Monday Night RAW, live from University Park, Pennsylvania. The last time WWE came to town for a live edition of RAW in February 2005 Batista had a serious choice to make: RAW or SmackDown?

In the end, after Batista Bombing Triple H through a table, Batista solidified his allegiance with the RAW brand by forgoing on the SmackDown contract. Also that night, Chris Jericho slapped the Walls of Jericho on Simon Dean for the tap, and Edge and Christian fell to Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels via Sweet Chin Music.

Seven years ago on WCW Thunder, the Jordan Center saw Bill Goldberg destroy Meng in an attempt to rebuild his invincible status after his undefeated streak was snapped at Starrcade ‘98. WCW Champion, Diamond Dallas Page, retained his title by pinning Bam Bam Bigelow, and Booker T retained the World Television Championship against the late Curt Hennig.

In 2002, the Penn State “Nittwits,” the Penn State student cheering section, witnessed the Undisputed World Champion, Triple H, beat “Y2J” Chris Jericho and Stephanie McMahon. That same night, just weeks after going toe-to-toe at WrestleMania, the “most electrifying man in sports entertainment,” The Rock, and his immortal partner, Hulk Hogan, teamed up to battle three members of the nWo, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and X-Pac.

In a visit in 2004, Christ Beniot slapped his signature Crippler on Mark Henry for the tap out victory. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Batista overpowered Chris Jericho and Christian to retain the WWE World Tag Team Championship, and the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels emerged victorious against Randy Orton in the evening’s main event.

The Bryce Jordan Center held its first game on January 11, 1996, and has become more than just a host of NCAA athletic contests. Named after Penn State’s 14th President, Dr. Bryce Jordan, the arena is the largest in the region, and has hosted entertainers like Rod Stewart, Reba McEntire, the Eagles, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Royal Hanneford Circus.

See the action unfold tonight, and watch the Bryce Jordan Center erupt when WWE rolls into the arena at 9/8 CT on the USA network.

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