|Promotion||International Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||April 1, 2012|
|Venue||Sun Life Stadium|
WrestleMania XXVIII is the forthcoming twenty-eighth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event prodcued by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It is scheduled to take place on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida
Production[edit | edit source]
The city of Miami was one of the two major contenders for hosting WrestleMania XXVII along with Atlanta, Georgia. Ultimately in February 2010, Atlanta was awarded the right to host the event. According to the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, IWE management felt that Miami's planning for the event would have been too hectic with many other sporting events held in the area around the same time of the planning, such as Super Bowl XLIV. However, Miami was reportedly considered for the next event due to its international ties, facilities, airports and experience of hosting previous major events.
Bidding documents were sent to seventeen cities in consideration for hosting a WrestleMania event between 2012 and 2014, with fourteen replying in interest. Other cities under consideration for WrestleMania XXVIII included Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Toronto, Detroit, Tampa, Vancouver, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Orland and Houston. The city of Dallas also showed interest but had to pull out of bidding for the next two years due to hosting events such as the NCAA Final Four.
On February 9, 2011, it was announced by The Miami Herald that Miami had won the right to host the event. IWE would later officially announce the event in a press conference held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. WrestleMania XXVIII will be the second event to be hosted in the state of Florida, the fourth open-air event, and the third event to be held entirely outdoors. For hosting the event, IWE will receive a $250,000 cash incentive from the Miami-Dade Sports Commission raised through grants and sponsorships. Along with WrestleMania XXVIII, a series of events grouped as "WrestleMania Week" will be held in the week preceding the event including WrestleMania's annual WrestleMania Axxess fan convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the 2012 IWE Hall of Fame cememony at the American Airlines Arena, the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, and a Celebrity Pro-Am Golf tournament.
Background[edit | edit source]
WrestleMania will feature professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots and storylines that will be played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers will portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
On the April 4 edition of Monday Night Meltdown, Sam Simkins and Dustin Simpson agreed to have a match at WrestleMania 28. This would be the first time a main event was made a year before WrestleMania.
WrestleMania XXVIII Card[edit | edit source]
|1||Sam Simkins vs. Dustin Simpson||Singles match for the IWE Championship|