WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 Los Angeles Tour Guide
While Los Angeles is commonly known as the City of Angels, October gets a little more sinister as WWE returns to the West Coast for the 2015 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Emanating from the Staples Center on Sunday, October 25, WWE arrives in a city steeped in wrestling tradition. From the AWA in the late 60s to ECW in the 90s to a thriving independent wrestling scene today, Los Angeles has always been a hotbed of wrestling.
This year’s edition of the Hell in a Cell PPV creates even more anticipation by adding a blockbuster main event featuring the rubber match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker inside the steel structure. Add a map that also includes Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins vs. Kane, and this event will be another chapter in LA’s wrestling history.
The place with arguably the most wrestling history, however, is the home of Sunday’s Hell in a Cell show, the Staples Center. Not only did WWE put on memorable shows like Unforgiven 2002, Judgment Day 2004, and even WrestleMania 21 in 2005 from the building, but the arena was also home to the company’s second largest PPV, SummerSlam, from 2009 to 2014.
The Staples Center does not offer public tours due to the large number of sporting events and concerts that are held in the building each year, but wrestling fans should arrive as soon as the doors open in order to walk around and to get a feel for the story that unfolded inside.
For travelers arriving in Los Angeles on Saturday with the intention of exploring the city, there are several sites you must visit before returning home. Three miles south of Staples Center is the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, home to a game of WrestleMania 2 and where Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Showdown for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VII.
Another forgotten gem of the wrestling that took place at Memorial Sports Arena was the AAA When Worlds Collide show. In 1994, WCW and the Mexican wrestling promotion AAA teamed up to present one of the first true Luchadores shows on American PPV with a card featuring legends like Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr.
Unfortunately, there are plans to build a new Major League Soccer stadium on the property and demolish Memorial Sports Arena, according to Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News. Before it’s too late, wrestling fans should flock to the area while you can still soak up a piece of history.
There are two other old-fashioned wrestling venues that should be on your itinerary, and they are the Forum in Inglewood and the Grand Olympic Auditorium. One of the Forum’s claims to wrestling fame is to host one of the only American Wrestling Association West Coast shows ever produced in 1969. On this AWA card, legends like Verne Gagne, Lou Thesz, Larry Hennig and others graced the building.
As for the Grand Olympic Auditorium, it is currently an American-Korean Christian church, but it still holds a serious weight of struggle. For those who enjoyed East Coast-based Extreme Championship Wrestling, the building hosted the only West Coast PPV in federation history, ECW Heat Wave 2000.
After a long day exploring the hotspots of wrestling, it’s time to unwind with a hearty meal of local cuisine and a few cold cocktails. When you want to eat and drink like a local, you ask a local like Matthew Kang from Eater.com. Its list of the best places is a must for anyone trying to experience LA’s authentic food scene.
For those interested, NXT is also hosting a live show on Saturday, October 24 at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento. It’s a long drive – or a quick flight – but it might be worth it for some die-hard fans.
Once you’ve taken in the Los Angeles nightlife and woke up feeling great on Sunday, it’s time to visit a few places in the city where wrestling is currently thriving. The two most popular promotions in the area are Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in Reseda and Lucha Underground in Boyle Heights.
At the moment, PWG doesn’t have a show scheduled for Hell in a Cell weekend, but make the trip to Reseda – use Uber to avoid driving yourself in LA traffic – to American Legion Post No. 308 where all the action taking place is a must see.
Next, descend to Boyle Heights in downtown Los Angeles and visit the Lucha Underground Arena – actually a former warehouse – nicknamed by fans of the company the Temple. While the show is not being taped, the ball is on for a second season and you can experience where all the magic happens.
When wrestling fans have taken in all the wrestling history, NXT, and the local food they can handle, it’s time to head back to Staples Center for the 2015 WWE Hell in a Cell.
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With a wrestling card put forward by Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and John Cena – three of the biggest stars in the history of the sport – Hell in a Cell will be the perfect culmination of a weekend exploring the history of the sport. wrestling in Los Angeles.
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