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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 12:33 am
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srossi wrote: 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".
And every fan wanted to see the matches there. 

Not to pile on, but you really shouldn't generalize like that.

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Fan who didn't give a shit about the ECW Arena or seeing matches there.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 12:34 am
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Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham AL
St. Paul Civic Center
Cow Palace
Mid South Coliseum
New Orleans Superdome

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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 12:58 am
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We forgot the LA Olympic

The Dallas Sportatourium

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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 02:02 am
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Good job amerorig The Grand Olympic is a totally badass place. I went to the PPV ECW had @ the Olympic & just being in that building packed w/ pumped up fans made that PPV for me.  



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amerorig wrote:
The Dallas Sportatourium


It's been over 20 years and I can still taste their fries (made in a dirty fryer that they once found a rat skeleton in).

The Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston was unique in that there was a roped-off area under the grandstand right outside the faces' dressing room, where sometimes they'd sign autographs. They had a similar setup near the heels' dressing room on the other side, but they obviously didn't sign autographs. :D



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I would add the Greensboro Coliseum because that's where a lot of big happenings in the Mid-Atlantic took place. The Keil Auditorium in St Louis was a premier venue during the hey-day of the NWA. For me personally, my best pro wrestling memories came at the Rosemont Horizon where I was a monthly attendee of the AWA cards.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 03:11 am
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I grew up going to The Spectrum from 1975 to 1979, and the crowds were awesome! The greatest run of cards during that time was the three Bruno vs Superstar cards from September 1977 to February 1978. They each drew 20,000 fans! What I never understood is why those bouts were spaced out so much- September, December and then February. As a result, the Superstar's reign in Philly consisted of title defenses vs Jay Strongbow, Tony Garea, Larry Zbysco, and finally three bouts vs Bruno. We never got Mascaras or Putski, which would have also sold out at the Spectrum, I'm sure! Maybe promoter Phil Zacko thought he needed that much time to build heat?? But I doubt that was necessary.

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Topinabee Civic Center

Cobo Hall-The Giant survived a fall off the roof.

Howie Feltersnatch Memorial Fieldhouse



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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 03:50 am
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The Amphitheatre in Chicago was my favorite place for wrestling.

From 1966 to its closing I only missed two cards. As Clawmaster said, The We Want Blood Chants stand out. The place would just get electric when he 10,000 fans would start the chant while the few hundred who had upper deck 1st row seats would start kicking the stainless steel barriers and the fans in elevated ringside would stomp the wooden planks below them.

When I became 18 I was able to buy hard liquor from one of the two bars on the west side of The Amp. I don't if any other arena had liquor sales.

You had Bob Luce's Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame too. It was a bit hokey but it was a great place to spend an hour before the match with Bob and his wrestler guests.

Or go to Luce's prematch dinner at The Stockyard Inn before the match. The Inn was part of The Amp complex.

Plus Bruiser, Crusher, Gagne, Bobo, Sheik, Snyder, Bruno, Mad Dog and throw in Andy Kaufman side by side with Heenan for a night.

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Atlanta City Auditorium
Eddie Graham Sports Arena
Checkerdome (I don't know how much historical significance it had, but I like the architecture.)

I've seen cards in the Macon Coliseum, Albany (GA) Civic Center, and Tully Blanchard along with 150 other people at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta (GA). Other than the Civic Center once hosting a WCW world title change, I can't recommend any of the three for anything positive.



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My point with the ECW Arena is that it never hosted a historically significant event (other than that NWA title tournament) and while it hosted "ECW Wrestling" (which was good stuff) even that timeframe is under five years.

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).

Matches are held there today for the same reason ECW held matches there. The rent is cheap. It's a 1500 seat building and if you aren't going to sell enough tickets to rent the Spectrum or the Wachovia Center then this is where you can hold your show, bring in enough money to pay the wrestlers and not go broke yourself paying rent.

 

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The entire rise of ECW is significant.  Benoit, Guerrero, Malenko, and Jericho getting their starts in America is significant.  Rey Misterio walking out for the first time weighing 120 pounds and the fans shitting on him until 10 minutes later when he blew the crowd away is significant.  Certainly more significant than any stupid NWA tournament that no one cared about.  How could that dead title be any more important than the typical ECW title defense?  The NWA at the time were drawing less than 50 people to Cherry Hill, NJ.



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Eh. Half credit for the "rise of ECW" being significant.

The NWA title's historical significance is due to it's endurance. Part of why it is what it is because it has both been defended in front of thousands of people and also been defended in front of 50 people.

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So every parking lot in NJ that Steve Corino defended the belt in a few years ago is now a "significant arena"?  When Mike Rapada beat WCW jobber Jerry Flynn in a tournament final in some garage in Florida for the vacant title, that was significant?



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The belt is significant. In some cases in wrestling history the arena becomes significant because of what was defended there, who wrestled there, what happened, how big a crowd and for how long.

That's more or less why I don't think ten years from now the ECW Arena will be thought of highly.

Biggest belt defended there - ECW title

Who wrestled there - Raven, Sandman, Sabu, Shane Douglas

Biggest happenings - Hmmmm.

Crowd size - 1500

Length Of Being An Attraction - Five years or less

Not at all impressive.

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