According to Attractions Management, World Wrestling Entertainment plans on building a Hall of Fame and restaurant in Orlando, which will be ready in time for WrestleMania 33 in 2017.
The news comes on the heels of WWE’s announcement that they will host their biggest event of the year in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl.
Attractions Management adds:
Replacing NBA City at Universal CityWalk adjacent to the theme park, the WWE attraction would incorporate some form of a physical Hall of Fame – displaying famous wrestling memorabilia of the promotion’s legendary performers.
Similar in style to The World – WWE’s former restaurant which occupied a prime spot in Times Square until its closure in 2003 – the restaurant element would incorporate WWE merchandise with a retail area, and multiple screens would show wrestling action while visitors eat their WWE-themed meals.
To fall under the Wrestlemania timeframe, the new WWE attraction at Universal Studios will be open by March 2017, with the event taking place on 2 April 2017.
Glenn’s Take: Hopefully this restaurant does well, because WWE The World lost millions of dollars and is considered the second-biggest flop by the WWE, right behind the XFL.
I do love the idea of a physical Hall of Fame. Won’t be as big as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but something static within a lot of foot traffic will be awesome for tourists.