Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:31
WWE, the city of Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers hosted a press conference today to announce WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Also announced was the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Raw at the SAP Center in San Jose on March 28 and 30, 2015.
A host of talent was brought to Santa Clara, even though most had worked on the Raw show last night in Seattle, and many ha to be rushed out to catch a flight to Portland for Smackdown tonight.
Among those appearing were John Cena, Mark Henry, Fandango, Summer Rae, R-Truth, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio (the only one who spoke Spanish at the press conference), Sheamus and the Bella Twins, along with Vince and Stephanie McMahon.
Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Mathews and 49ers CEO Jed York also spoke, as did Vernon Davis of the 49ers, who WWE's original marketing plan was to break the news on Twitter of the event on Sunday first.
There were no great revelations, although an impromtu dance contest between the 49ers mascot and R-Truth was probably the entertainment highlight as they went back-and-forth trying to one-up each other. Truth was impressive but the mascot probably won doing a series of nip-ups right of the playbook of retired wrestlers Kendo from Mexico or Steve Wright from Europe. Fandango and Summer Rae also did a duet dance at the start of the press conference.
John Saboor, who was in charge of the decision making process, noted that Santa Clara got the bid due to the enthusiasm of both the mayor and the 49ers. The key is the new Levi's Stadium, which is planned to be the most interactive stadium in the world when it opens in August. Saboor said that was the real key, although nobody at this point is talking about the new technology at the stadium past it will change the in-stadium experience for all events.
No real news was broken past the date of the show now being official. It was the usual stuff about WWE's social media penetration by Stephanie, and "putting smiles on faces," with videos and promoting "Be A Star" and WrestleMania reading challenges, as well as notes on the economic impact the event has on a community.