WWE WrestleMania 29: Date, Location, Logo, Updates and Analysis
WWE chairman Vince McMahon took the stage before a huge crowd in New Jersey to officially announce that WrestleMania 29 will take place at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013.
Not only did we get the official announcement and date, we also got our first look at the logo for next year's show.
McMahon kicked off the festivities by saying that WrestleMania is coming back home, according to Joshua Burd.
In some ways he is right, though WWE is breaking tradition. In the past, WrestleMania has been held in Madison Square Garden every 10 years.
That will no longer be the case, as Arash Markazi points out that the company has a certain standard it wants this event to live up to.
From a business and fan perspective, this makes a lot of sense. This is the only wrestling event that can realistically draw over 50,000 fans, so WWE would be foolish to not pursue these big stadiums every year for the show.
The problem with running it at MetLife stadium in April is the weather. New Jersey is not exactly the warmest place in the country, and there is no roof to cover the stadium in the event of snow or rain.
There will be a cover over the ring, but that doesn't do anything to stop the temperature from being less than 40 degrees at showtime.
McMahon was not the only major name at the event, however.
Rich Cimini of ESPN spotted four New York Jets players in attendance.
With members of Gang Green watching the WrestleMania press conference, it naturally stirred up interest in a possible match for next year's show.
Here is what Tom Szieber, a New Jersey resident, suggested for the main event.
The money would be on Manning and Coughlin to win that match, though Sanchez and Ryan have the natural charisma to get over with the crowd. The Giants' duo would likely have as much charm as Lance Storm on the microphone.
That little rant aside, who better to welcome WrestleMania to MetLife Stadium than the two stars who will battle it out in the main event of this year's show?
The Rock was the first star up to the podium after McMahon finished his speech.
You have to wonder if this means the Great One is going to be involved in next year's show. There have been rumblings about him working a series with John Cena, so anything is possible.
The best introduction of the press conference had to be that of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. She did her best rock star/professional wrestler impression with music and everything.
It could only have been better if she did the Hulk Hogan by playing the air guitar as she walked up to the microphone.
Then, there was the conclusion of the press conference. What better way to send the media home than by presenting the owners of the Jets and Giants with WWE championship belts and having Triple H raise their hands?
That's what it is all about. We can worry about the weather and how WWE is going to pull this off when the time comes. For now, it is best to sit back and enjoy the fact that the company has made it to the Mecca of the sports world.
WWE fans live in a bubble. We are constantly forced to defend the sport from those that don't understand it and feel it is juvenile and has no purpose because all the results are fixed.
On a day where Vince McMahon, The Rock, John Cena and Triple H are presenting wrestling's biggest show in one of the biggest stadiums in the country, we can tell those cynics that WWE is a big part of the entertainment world.
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