American Airlines Center
Tonight, WWE rolls into Dallas, Texas. On this night, the old saying that “everything is bigger in Texas” will ring true as RAW and SmackDown bring Saturday Night’s Main Event to the American Airlines Center.
Very few arenas have amassed as much WWE history in such a short period of time as the American Airlines Center has. The state of the art venue, which opened in 2001 has hosted some of sports-entertainments grandest events.
The last time WWE was in Dallas, the arena hosted the historic ‘RAW Homecoming’ show, which was the platform for some of the years most exciting and memorable moments. On that night October 2005 night, Stone Cold turned a one-on-one encounter with Vince McMahon into a stunner fest and beer bash when he laid out the entire McMahon family with his signature move. The American Airlines Center was treated to one unbelievable moment after another, as Austin systematically dismantled one McMahon after another, all while enjoying a multitude of his trademark Steveweisers.
On that same show, Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper hosted a special Piper’s Pit, Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels engaged in a classic 30-minute WWE Iron Man Match which ended in a 2-2 tie, and a match between John Cena and Eric Bischoff turned into an all out RAW vs. SmackDown war.
Going back to 2003, the American Airlines Center hosted an unforgettable edition of the WWE pay-per-view spectacular Survivor Series. On that night, Kane defeated Shane McMahon in an Ambulance Match, and then later helped Vince McMahon put away Undertaker in a ‘Buried Alive’ match. In the main event, Bill Goldberg defeated Triple H to become the World Heavyweight Champion, in the process taking out all of Evolution with the Triple H’s sledgehammer.
In January 2002, the arena hosted an eventful live episode of Monday Night RAW. Among the highlights on that night were Kurt Angle defeating Kane, and a pre-royalty version of King Booker emerging victorious from his bout with Big Show.
The amazing history of WWE at the American Airlines Center will continue tonight when Saturday Night’s Main Event will write another chapter into Dallas sports-entertainment lore. Witness the events unfold for yourself at 8/7 CT, live and only on NBC.