FCW in Deland this Wednesday. Florida Championship Wrestling, the developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment, is bringing their Summer Slamarama Tour to Deland this Wednesday, August 31st at Townsend Hall at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Originally scheduled for August 10th, the show will feature a special appearance by WWE Raw superstars Alex Riley and Drew McIntyre, who both worked in FCW as they made their way up the WWE ladder. Riley and McIntyre will be available for autographs at a special Meet & Greet session starting at 6:30pm. The matches will start at 7:30pm, with eight FCW bouts scheduled, along with a “Superstar Idol” singing contest. Florida Championship Wrestling events are always interesting, since it allows you to see future WWE superstars in a small setting before they make the big step onto Raw and Smackdown. Tickets range from $10 (for children) to $25 and are available on FCW’s official website at this link.
WWE Smackdown returns to Florida in December. World Wrestling Entertainment has announced that they will be bringing a taping of Smackdown on SyFy to Florida this December. The show will be taped on December 6th at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The last time WWE brought a Smackdown taping to Florida, fans were treated to a historic moment, as Randy Orton defeated Christian to win the World Heavyweight Title at the Amway Arena in Orlando on May 3rd of this year. It will be interesting to see if Orton is still the reigning champion by the time this taping takes place. For more information, including tickets, visit this link.
Interesting, but do fans care? One of the hallmarks of CM Punk’s summer push up the WWE ladder has been the “real” comments he has inserted into his interviews. He’s brought up backstage politics, the power structure in WWE and other topics, but managed to do so in way that doesn’t “expose” the matches as being pre-determined. The tactic has worked, with Punk becoming quite the anti-hero to many WWE fans who weren’t willing to jump on the John Cena bandwagon. However, the decision to insert Kevin Nash into the storyline has many wondering if WWE is going “too inside” with the storyline. After all, how many current WWE fans were even watching in the early 90’s, much less care about behind-the-scenes stories from almost two decades ago? If Nash’s promos about Scott Hall and the glory days of the NWO were a draw, wouldn’t TNA have managed to grow their stagnant audience with them? What do you think? Let me know at my Facebook page or drop me an email.
LIVE AND LOCAL– Upcoming live wrestling events in Florida.
Florida Championship Wrestling
August 31 – Volusia County Fairgrounds – Deland
September 17 – Brooksville Armory – Spring Hill
September 23 – All Sports Arena – New Port Richey
New Florida Wrestling
September 3 – S. Combee Road – Lakeland
September 10 – S. Combee Road – Lakeland
September 17 – S. Combee Road – Lakeland
September 10 – Dr. James R. Smith Center – Orlando
TNA Impact Wrestling
September 11 – Universal Studios – Orlando
September 12 – Universal Studios – Orlando
September 13 – Universal Studios – Orlando
September 14 – Universal Studios – Orlando
December 6 – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville
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