WWE to lay the 'SmackDown' in Taiwan
By Helen Ku , The China Post
August 10, 2012, 1:00 pm TWN
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the world's largest and most explosive professional wrestling federation, is set to hold a triple threat match, a 10-man battle royal and a special challenge match at the National Taiwan Sport University's Linkou Stadium (國立臺灣體育大學林口體育館) as part of the 2012 WWE Smackdown World Tour.
Unlike traditional wrestling, the WWE has risen to the top of the industry due to its mix of high-octane stunts and action with engrossing storylines and characters.
The WWE's famously dramatized events attract millions of fans to stadiums every year. Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Ben Stiller and Sean "Diddy" Combs have said they're huge fans of the WWE.
The WWE holds some of the world's most-watched sporting events. Every week, more than 500 million people tune in to the WWE's TV programs, which are translated into 30 languages. More than 6 million people visit the federation's official website every month, making it one of the top 10 most popular websites in the U.S. Furthermore, the WWE's official channel on YouTube has collected more than 100 million hits, confirming the sports game's attractiveness and influence in the world.
Asked about his impression of Taiwan, three-time world champ Rey Mysterio said, "My father came to visit Taiwan 10 years ago and brought back a gift for me, so I have always had a positive image of Taiwan since then." Asked about the legions of WWE fans in Taiwan looking forward to watching him perform in the ring, Mysterio said, "I really want to thank Taiwanese fans for their support, and I definitely will try my best on Aug. 12 to make sure everybody in the stadium has a great experience."
Earlier at a press conference, the WWE unveiled the match schedule and roster for the event to the media. In the triple threat match, Randy Orton, King Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio will square off for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the 10-man battle royal, 2011 WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes will take on Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, Yoshi Tatsu and "Cobra" Santino Marella.
Last but not least, Kane — "The Devil's Favorite Demon" — will battle his smaller but quicker, high-flying opponent Rey Mysterio — "The Master of the 619" — in the special challenge match. Alongside the wrestling superstars, other WWE celebrities like Kelly Kelly and "The Dungeon Diva" Natalya will strut their stuff onstage.
If you've ever dreamed of experiencing all the color and excitement of the WWE in person, don't miss this opportunity to see world-class pro wrestlers lay the "SmackDown" on each other before your very eyes.
2012 WWE SmackDown World Tour (2012 WWE SmackDown 激爆摔角大戰) ► 6 p.m. Aug. 12 (Sun.) / NTSU Linkou Stadium (國立體育大學林口體育館) / NT$1,000 - NT$5,800 / (07) 7809900 / www.kham.com.tw