WWE’s “WrestleMania 35” will be held at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium in 2019, TheWrap is told by multiple individuals with knowledge of the booking. The official announcement is expected soon.
The pro-wrestling promotion had been planning a mid-to-late February announcement for months, we’re told. Any later and the company would run into its “WrestleMania 34” promotion, which could cause confusion among casual fans. But WWE prefers to make their big announcements locally when talent is already in town — that makes sense logistically and saves money on travel.
Unfortunately, the traveling circus that is WWE isn’t currently scheduled to be in the actual Garden State until Sunday, May 6’s “Backlash” pay-per-view in Newark, New Jersey. There is a live house show event set for New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 16, however, which would be the latest WWE would make such an announcement. It helps that this year’s “WrestleMania 34” is a week later than usual.
There had been plenty of speculation about the 2019 site, though each expected announcement has alluded the reported timing to this point.
WWE generally puts a “hold” on the date for something of this magnitude about three years ahead of time because of scheduling complexities, and finalizes the details later. For an event as big as a “WrestleMania,” there is also a local organizing committee that helps Vince McMahon’s company block hotels and organize travel, etc.
When reached by TheWrap for comment, a WWE rep said “We have nothing to announce at this time.” When we spoke to MetLife Stadium, they simply pointed us back to WWE.
“WrestleMania,” the so-called “Super Bowl of sports entertainment” was last held at the shared venue of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets in 2013.
WWE’s “WrestleMania 34” will take place on Sunday, April 8 in New Orleans. WWE’s pay-per-view events run on its own SVOD service, WWE Network. The company’s “SmackDown Live” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on USA Network.