Columbus Officials Smackdown Rumors About Wrestlemania


Forget the Republicans and Democrats.  Central Ohio would really like to get their hands on WrestleMania – even though no official presentation has been made.

"We've pitched Columbus to World Wrestling Entertainment for years," said Xen Riggs, Ohio State Associate Vice President.  "We'd love to host Wrestlemania.  Our relationship with WWE goes way back to 1998 and earlier."

Wrestling fans point to Ohio Stadium which could seat over 100,000 for a WrestleMania, potentially breaking the WWE all-time attendance record.

Officials in New Orleans estimate that WrestleMania XXX, held last week at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, generated more than $101 million in spending in the New Orleans area.

Reports online Friday said officials from Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Toronto and Columbus were in New Orleans last week to make a presentation to the WWE for their cities to host the mega event in 2018.

But Riggs says Columbus was not there.

"I'm not aware of any group from Columbus who went down there last week," said Riggs.

10TV also contacted representatives from Experience Columbus and the Columbus Sports Commission which confirmed their members did not have discussions with WWE.

That doesn’t mean central Ohio doesn’t want to be in the discussion for WrestleMania.

Columbus has a lengthy relationship with WWE that dates back nearly two decades.  In fact, the show Smackdown returns to Nationwide Arena on June 17.

"It's something we'd love to do if it all came together," said Gary O'Brien, spokesman for Columbus Arena Sports and Entertainment, which manages Nationwide and Schottenstein arenas.  "There's nothing formal in the works but we've had a great relationship with WWE through the years."