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 Posted: Wed Nov 14th, 2007 07:07 am
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I grew up going to the Philadelphia Spectrum so that one holds a special place in my heart. Probably the only notable thing that I ever saw live there was when Valentine & Beefcake beat Rotundo & Windham for the WWF tag belts (the old cigar in the eye ending)

Through the magic of video I have come to appreciate Madison Square Garden. I used to sit up late at night on Saturday nights as a kid (toil foil wrapped around the rabbit ears) to try to pick up channel 9 out of New York. It always seemed like they had the better matches and the out of federation stars coming in (Mascaras, Rhodes, Race)

I would have loved to have seen some of those Maple Leaf Garden inter-promotional shows.

Those three stand out to me.

Yours?

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I've always been fond of the Boston Garden.  I also liked when they would show matches from the Summit in Houston on Prime Time Wrestling.

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Spectrum

Cap Centre 

MLG 



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My grandparents didn't get cable at the time and a monthly ritual would be for my Grandpa to come over to watch the MSG show.  I think that cable did not extend to Montville NJ at the time.
Man how times have changed.

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Best wrestling venues from a crowd and history perspective:

MSG

Philly Spectrum

ECW Arena

Tokyo Dome

Korakuen Hall

Maple Leaf Gardens

The Omni (sometimes)

 

The best cities in general are NYC (not Long Island or NJ), Philly, Dallas, most of the big Canadian cities (Toronto, Calgary, Montreal), and Tokyo.  When there's a show in those cities, I want to watch because I know the crowd will be so electric it'll make the show better, and in MSG's case the fans are so much more interesting than the wrestlers that they shouldn't really book a show, just open the crowd mic for 2 hours and see what happens.  Honorable mention to Sydney and Melbourne for making the dying days of WCW seem tolerable for a couple of weeks there.


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Philly Spectrum

ECW Arena


I'm not sure I buy the history part. Especially on the ECW Arena.

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It's one of the most famous wrestling venues ever.  When I went, I met people from Japan and a group on a bus trip from the midwest who just wanted to see the ECW Arena.  And I drove 3 hours from NY to be able to experience it at least once.  If people accept that dump Korakuen Hall as a great venue, I don't see what's wrong with the ECW Arena.



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I think this is a legit question.

What things happened there of importance that make it a historically significant venue?

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Now, I'm not a huge ECW mark, but I will say that the fact that ECW made the place it's home is historic enough for the place to be revered. 

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Korakuen Hall or the ECW Arena?



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The ECW Arena. My main "argument" on this will be that it wasn't a "significant venue" for even five years.

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I used to go to shows at the Cap Centre when I was a kid from like 1981 to 1984.  Great shows and great memories.

We were lucky to get to see highlights of the Garden shows during this time thanks to George Michael, who was the local sportscaster at the NBC affliate here.  Through him, I got to see the Backlund/Snuka cage match.  The Andre/Mulligan rematch (which is how I know the video for Backlund/Orton has to exisit in the vault somewhere). The Strongbow/Fugi/Saito title change at MSG before WWF TV showed it.  Matter of fact, he showed Backlund/Sheik change and the Shiek/Hogan change before WWF TV showed it.  Through Michael showing MSG footage, you knew that it was a special place to see wrestling.

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Ok ok ~ what exactly was the most significant thing to have happened in the ECW Arena? I can think of one thing so don't give me the "well the whole thing " routine. Looking for why this arena is historically important as opposed to a "fad".

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International Amphitheatre in Chicago- Rabid fans. Home of the We Want Blood Chants. The site of Bruiser and Crusher's greatest battles as a team. Fred Kohler's house show venue from the 40s to the 60s.



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Ok ok ~ what exactly was the most significant thing to have happened in the ECW Arena? I can think of one thing so don't give me the "well the whole thing " routine. Looking for why this arena is historically important as opposed to a "fad".

I don't understand the question.  What of significance happens in any arena?  People win, people lose, blah blah blah.  That's not what makes arenas special.  Tons of wrestlers would've killed to work there (and still do, which is why they keep holding indy events there for no reason when they could choose to go anywhere else).  And every fan wanted to see the matches there.  Significant events don't make significant arenas.  Jesus Christ could rise from the dead and beat Lou Thesz in a shoot in some building in Omaha and still no one would care about the place.



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