World Wrestling Federation coming to Sam Houston

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SHSU’s Johnson Coliseum will host the Huntsville debut of the World Wrestling Federation April 15.Coliseum Manager Ed Chatel said he has not yet been informed which wrestlers will be appearing, but expects the WWF will send at least a few of its big name wrestlers. “They didn’t lower ticket prices for this particular event, which leads me to believe that they’ll send some superstars,” said Chatel.Freshman Karim Massaquoi said his favorite wrestler is Triple H, and he feels the Coliseum will be a good venue for the event.”There’s a lot of East Texas wrestling fans that will fill it up,” he said.Senior Jessica Payne also said the Coliseum is a good location for a wrestling exhibition.”It’s not that big, so you can see from wherever you’re seated,” she said.Payne said she likes Hulk Hogan best “because he’s old and he rocks.”Chatel describes the event as “an old-fashioned house show,” which means special effects like pyrotechnics will be scaled back or removed altogether. WWF itself is sponsoring the non-televised event without advertisers.”For this particular show, we’re going to have 6,800 plus seats,” Chatel said.Tickets will be $40 for floor and bleacher seats, $30 for lower reserved and certain upper reserved seats, and $20 for the remaining upper reserved.Coliseum Program Assistant Andrea Romeo believes the WWF approached SHSU to host the event because of several other exhibitions taking place in the state.”They have other shows in Texas around the date,” Romeo said.The event will take place the same day Texas A&M’s Reed Arena hosts WWF Raw. On April 16, the Compaq Center in Houston will be the site of WWF Smackdown.This will be the third professional wrestling event the Coliseum has hosted. It previously showcased exhibitions for World Championship Wrestling in February 1998 and 1999.Chatel said people camped out overnight for the two WCW events in order to get tickets early, and he thinks more will do likewise for the upcoming exhibition.Sophomore Dustin Cole said he likes The Rock most, and said it is good the WWF is seeking out a college audience.”We’re old enough to know it’s not real,” he said.Massaquoi also felt the WWF should aim at college students because of the large number of them that view the programs.”In my dorm on Monday nights, you can hear all the TVs on TNN,” he said.Payne also said college students are the right target for the WWF.”I think they’re the most dedicated followers,” she said.All three students expect a big turnout at the event, and like the fact the WWF chose to approach SHSU for the event.Chatel said several SHSU students will be involved in the event.”A lot of our student body will be participating,” he said. “The event staff will be comprised of ticket sellers, ticket takers, security and the normal Coliseum staff.”Students will also be operating the spotlights and other technical aspects of the show.Chatel said the exhibition will be a big occasion for the Huntsville community.”I think something like this doesn’t happen here very often,” he said. “It will bring a lot of excitement to the campus and community.”Tickets for the show will go on sale Saturday March 23 at 10 a.m. They can be purchased at the Coliseum box office located at door one, at Murski’s Icehouse, Honey B. Hams and Deli in Conroe and Wilkinson Hardware in Trinity. They can also be ordered by phone with Visa or Mastercard at 294-1741.