We've only just got through the 35th edition of WrestleMania, and already attention is zooming a million miles into the future, as we look towards not just the next event in the chronology, but WrestleMania 37.
Next year's WrestleMania has already been confirmed for Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, with a decidedly swashbuckling pirate theme to boot. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Arash Markazi has reported that LA is the current front-runner for 2021's Show of Shows, with a new stadium under construction in Inglewood the most likely venue.
According to Markazi, the new home of the LA Rams and Chargers is being prepped for 2022's Super Bowl LVI, and officials are interested in using WrestleMania as a test of its big game potential.
Speaking about the possible link up, Kathy Schloessman of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission said:
"WWE have hosted several events here in the past such as Summer Slam, Survivor Series, Raw and SmackDown and we have seen the tremendous impact these events have in the community, both economically and socially. Given our focus on attracting major sporting and entertainment events to Los Angeles, WrestleMania is at the top of our list of events we want here.”
WrestleMania last 'went Hollywood' in 2005, when Batista beat Triple H in the Staples Center for the World Heavyweight Championship. Two other WrestleManias have been hosted in LA; one third of the second show emanated from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and the same venue contained WrestleMania VII after it was moved from the much larger LA Memorial Colseum owing to poor ticket sales. Sorry: 'security reasons'.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.