On Thursday, February 16, 2011, several WWE executives and superstars were in attendance as an announcement was made regarding the venue for WWE yearly extravaganza, WrestleMania 29. The “Showcase of the Immortals” was first held at the infamous Madison Square Gardens in NYC, will be back in the NY/NJ area once again. The “electrifying” event will be held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on April 7, 2013.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was on hand for the announcement and had this to stay about this historic event taking place in his state of NJ, “This is a great day for New Jersey,” said Governor Christie. “Though WrestleMania has come to the state twice before, the world class venue that is MetLife Stadium will make it more different than ever before.”
The man himself, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was also in attendance and gave this comment regarding WrestleMania coming to the MetLife Stadium in 2013, “WrestleMania XXIX will be an extraordinary event, unlike anything you have ever seen,” explained WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, expounding on the vast history of The Showcase of the Immortals that began right across the river at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden. “Quite simply, on April 7, 2013, WrestleMania comes home.”
WWE Superstar turned movie star, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made an appearance at the press conference and dropped a bombshell of an announcement on the media crowd. “My goal right now is to make WrestleMania XXVIII the greatest WrestleMania of all time. I will also come to WrestleMania XXIX, and I will electrify MetLife Stadium like never before.”
The Rock will meet his opponent WWE Superstar John Cena at WrestleMania 28 in Miami, Florida on April 1, several weeks from now. Cena, on hand at the media blitz, also had a few choices words to say regarding WrestleMania 29. “I can’t think of a better way to follow up what we are billing as ‘the biggest extravaganza in sports or entertainment history’ on April 1 in Miami, than to come to MetLife Stadium,” said Cena. “I’m glad you don’t have a roof on this building, because we sure would blow it off.”
In addition to the spectacular that is WrestleMania, a week-long celebration will be taking place prior to the main event. Events will include the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival; Monday Night Raw; the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge; a Make-A-Wish Pizza Party hosted by John Cena and many other events.
The Showcase of the Immortals will be televised in more than 100 countries and 30 languages. In 2011, a sold-out crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50 states and 30 countries converged on the Georgia Dome for WrestleMania XXVII. This year’s WrestleMania XXVIII on Sunday, April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla., will feature the highly-anticipated showdown between John Cena and The Rock. Now, with the official announcement of WrestleMania XXIX coming to MetLife Stadium and the New York-New Jersey area, there is no telling what awaits the WWE Universe in the year to come.
WrestleMania 28 can be seen only on pay-per-view on Sunday, April 1, 2012. Contact your local cable provider for more information.