AAA, Impact and New Japan announce WrestleMania shows of the week in Dallas
Before the pandemic, wrestling businesses large and small flocked to the metropolitan area that hosted WrestleMania every year. A worldwide audience came to see WWE’s biggest event of the year, and almost everyone wanted to be there to enjoy it.
That didn’t happen in 2020, of course, as even WWE retreated to their Orlando Performance Center for a fanless / cinematic ‘Mania’. The show was back in front of a limited crowd last year in Tampa, but travel restrictions and other precautions have always kept things from returning to full life, ahead of COVID standards.
In 2022, even with cases originating from the omicron variant and more questions than ever before about what the responsible thing to do, the wrestling world plans to converge on Dallas-Fort Worth for WrestleMania 38.
There are many WrestleCon events taking place at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, including from three major companies:
- The AAA will organize its first “Mania week” event on Thursday March 31st at 5pm
- New Japan USA to record NJPW Strong on Friday April 1 at 5 p.m.
- Impact will present a show on Friday April 1 at 9 p.m.
These are in addition to the signings, meetups and other previously announced events taking place at WrestleCon from March 31 to April 2. They will each require separate tickets.
Other shows scheduled for Mania Week in the Metroplex include
GCW’s The Collective and Wrld Fair will be held in Dallas on the same days as WrestleCon. And Ring of Honor has just announced its return, Supercard of honor, for April 1. This show will overlap with Impact’s, which is especially curious as the two companies appear to be collaborating from an invasion angle these days.
It’s a full week at WrestleMania. And I hope nothing else in its own right.