WWE's Hollywood Map of the Superstars
SummerSlam rocks Los Angeles this Sunday, but it’s not the only piece of grappling history the city has to offer. Take our guided tour through some of Tinseltown’s most famous and glamorous WWE hot spots.
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
3939 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
Want to visit the hallowed ground where Undertaker defeated Jimmy Snuka at WrestleMania VII and ignited his 20-year winning streak? Or the site of the classic Cage Match at WrestleMania 2? This is the place! Dubbed by Bruce Springsteen “the joint that don’t disappoint,” the arena was also a filming location for several of the Rocky movies, so take the time to pay your respects.
Mr. McMahon’s Star on the Walk of Fame
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
If it’s WWE royalty you crave, then gaze down as you take a stroll along Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame, where Tinseltown greats are immortalized with their own stars embedded into the sidewalk. And the greatest of them all? The Chairman himself, of course! Mr. McMahon received his star on March 14, 2008 — the first person in the history of sports-entertainment to be so honored. We kinda think he earned it, don’t you?
1111 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
If you visit no other locale during your L.A. tour, be certain to stop at the STAPLES Center, not only home to 2012’s SummerSlam, but also the place where John Cena pinned JBL for the WWE Championship; Batista flattened Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship; Randy Orton successfully defended the WWE Title; and D-Generation X lit up the arena by riding in on a tank with an armed military escort. Los Angeles is full of amazing WWE history, and these days, it all seems to start and stop right here.
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Until the opening bell rings in the STAPLES Center Sunday night, the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE will serve as the epicenter of all things SummerSlam — namely, the WWE Universe’s biggest event of the season, SummerSlam Axxess. From Superstar autograph signing sessions and Money in the Bank photo shoot (new this year), to the “Rise Above Hate” climbing wall and the reveal of the roster for THQ’s “WWE ’13,” L.A. LIVE is where all the pre-SummerSlam action can be found.
Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA
The Beverly Hills Hotel isn’t just a historic cornerstone of Los Angeles, it’s also the site of the SummerSlam Celebrity be a STAR Party hosted jointly by WWE and the Creative Coalition. Heating up the ones and twos will be none other than DJ Pauly D, and the list of Superstar attendees is expected to include WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and more! Follow all the coverage of the party right here on WWE.com!
333 Continental Blvd, El Segundo, CA
Ever wonder where your John Cena Brawlin’ Buddy or 2012 Mattel WWE Legends series action figure of Arn Anderson was conceptualized? Look no further than Mattel’s El Segundo-based headquarters. While you’re in town for SummerSlam, take a ride down Continental Blvd. and snap a shot of the world-famous toy manufacturer’s home court.
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA
Before catching the current Superstars, take a moment to honor WWE icons by visiting the site of the 2005 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where greats such as The Iron Sheik, Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper were enshrined.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
324 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA
With studios in Beverly Hills and Torrance, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s global network of training facilities calls Southern California its home turf. However, it’s the Academy’s Women Empowered program, and in particular one of its head instructors, that makes it a must-see for the WWE Universe. None other than WWE’s Eve is a certified instructor in the self-defense program, which is designed for women.
WWE Los Angeles Headquarters
12424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Take a drive out of Hollywood and through Beverly Hills to the nerve center of WWE’s West Coast operations, its Los Angeles Headquarters.