This past week WWE announced the locations for the next three years of WrestleMania: 2021 in Tampa, Fla., 2022 in Dallas, Texas, and 2023 in Los Angeles, Calif. We are less than two weeks from the Royal Rumble, where the road to WrestleMania will officially kick off.
WrestleMania is so much fun. It’s comparable to Christmas for me and so many others who anticipate this event all year long. This year will be the 13th WrestleMania I’ve attended and every one of them have been special to me for different reasons. From my very first WrestleMania appearance in a 25-woman Battle Royal at WrestleMania 25, to my favourite WrestleMania I’ve ever been a part of at WrestleMania 35. WrestleMania 35 was at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and over that weekend, we celebrated my dad’s induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame along with his tag team partner Bret Hart. It was also the year I got to tag team with my best friend, The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix. Before the match, we both wanted to emulate the entrance Bret had when he faced Owen Hart in WrestleMania 10 at Madison Square Garden. We both had an extra good luck charm with the help of the “Hitman,” who got to be a part of our WrestleMania entrance to the delight of the fans, and we felt like all of the stars aligned! Beth and I took on three other teams for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. Those teams were huge challenges for us in the ring, and while we may not have won the Tag Team Championships that night, we created memories that will last a lifetime.
I love the way WrestleMania brings people together. For a normal WrestleMania week, more than 75,000 people from around the world come to celebrate with us at WWE. It’s an event that has brought people together for nearly four decades. This year may look a little different, but I’m still excited about the possibilities. Last year, without any fans at all due to COVID-19, WrestleMania was the most watched the event’s history. This year, I’m sure WWE will break its own record yet again.
When WrestleMania comes to a city, WWE “takes over” and that’s one of the coolest aspects of celebrating this event, watching communities and people come together in the best ways. During WrestleMania week, all WWE Superstars have many community outreach programs to attend, which I love being a part of. Like last year, many may be virtual but they can still be just as memorable for all involved. These various community outreach programs are just another way for WWE Superstars to give back. In WWE, we partner with so many different organizations and charities to raise awareness from everything from anti bullying, childhood literacy, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen, Connor’s Cure for pediatric cancer research, Make-A-Wish and more. It’s so much fun coming together with so many different groups to celebrate WrestleMania, spread positive messages and lend support.
I think what I’m most excited about for this year‘s WrestleMania, is a little bit of normalcy. I know not everything will be the same as WrestleMania’s in the past, but forward is forward no matter what the pace and I can guarantee we will continue to create amazing memories that will last a lifetime!
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