Wrestlemania 2 Turns Into a Logistics Nightmare
Wrestlemania 1 was so nice, might as well do it twice.
Coming off the heels of what was arguably the biggest pro wrestling show in North American history, the architect of Wrestlemania, Vince McMahon, was ready to do it again. Immediately after the success of the show, the plans for Wrestlemania 2 began.
However, to recapture the magic that Wrestlemania created, McMahon had to think of something to make it special. The idea that McMahon came up with to bring innovation to this program may have looked good on paper, but the logistics of the idea didn’t necessarily pan out.
McMahon decided to go with a concept to have Wrestlemania 2 take place in three different cities, three different arenas, in three different time zones. Wrestlemaina 2 would be scheduled to take place from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, IL and the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Each location would hold an hour-long show, and each having its own main event. When the other two shows are going on, the live audience would watch those other matches from the other two cities on large screens in the arena.
Innovative. Right? Sounds good, sounds different, but its the live audience that really misses out. It’s not really fair if you’re in New York or Chicago and you’re a major Hulk Hogan fan, and you can’t even watch your favorite wrestler in the ring since he’s in LA.
Essentially you’re only paying for 1/3 of the card when you purchase a live ticket. In addition, the WWE would have to purchase space and live broadcasting time, triple the original amount since you’re speaking of three locations. The three location idea did not go over well with the fans and needless to say, was never executed again.
Luckily, this issue did not hinder nor effect any future shows, but was looked upon as a learning experience.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports
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