“First of all, it’s not pro wrestling,” WWE mogul Vince McMahon told me this morning. “Pro wrestling is what my dad did years ago. We are different.”
OK. I’ll take his word for it. I may not know pro wrestling from WWE, but I certainly know Hulk Hogan, and anybody in sports knows Vince McMahon.
Mock the fans of wrestling and call the whole production a charade, but this business and many of the ideas put into place by McMahon have been copied, stolen, borrowed and implemented by the NFL to the NHL and every other big time professional sports league.
On Tuesday morning, the WWE announced it will hold Wrestlemania 32 at AT&T Stadium on April 3, 2016. McMahon, 69, is going for a record with this event.
Highlights from today’s announcement:
He told me all he wants to do is better the attendance record for Wrestlemania III, which was 93,173 at the Silverdome outside of Detroit in 1987. AT&T Stadium will do that for Vince. When it hosted the 2010 NBA All-Star game, it set the record for attendance at an indoor sporting event with 108,713.
“As soon as the facility opened, I knew we had to bring Wrestlemania here. It took us a while to get here,” McMahon told myself and one other reporter after this morning’s formal announcement. “This is world renowned. When I came in here today it was, ‘Wow’. It’s a perfect home for Wrestlemania. ... I really wanted to be here.
“All I want to do is break our attendance record.”
Vince McMahon answers a pair of questions, including if he sees any similarities to himself and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:
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