WrestleMania, the annual extravaganza by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), has filled stadiums in previous years but will be relocated to a former Philadelphia bingo hall this month due to low ticket sales.

Originally slated as a two-night event at the Lincoln Financial Field, WrestleMania will now be condensed down to one night and held inside a small arena at the corner of Swanson and Ritner streets.

To recuperate the significant financial resources WWE has already poured into the event, a number of cost-saving measures have been implemented:

  • Fans will be asked to bring their own folding chairs
  • WrestleMania will be shot on one handheld fan-cam and released on VHS in six months
  • The following high-priced stars will no longer appear: The Rock, John Cena, Cody Rhodes, and Seth Rollins. They will be replaced by the Blue Meanie, Sandman, Tod Gordon and Sign Guy.

WrestleMania will be broadcast on local Philadelphia cable access television.

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