A Tourist's Guide to WWE TLC 2015 in Boston
When WWE invades Boston for the 2015 edition of the “TLC: Tables Ladder and Chairs” pay-per-view, travelers making their way to Boston will be able to soak in the rich wrestling history in the city.
TLC takes place on Sunday, Dec. 13 from the TD Garden, and will be headlined by the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between defending champion Sheamus and No. 1 contender Roman Reigns.
Add in several other marquee bouts like Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship and a triple threat tag team title match, and wrestling fans who can make their way to Boston for a short vacation should do so.
For fans of Ring of Honor, there are several stops you can make on your wrestling tour of the city. First, Roxbury Community College was the host of ROH’s Death Before Dishonor V: Night One in 2007 that featured the Briscoe Brothers squaring off against Kevin Steen (now Kevin Owens) and El Generico (now Sami Zayn) in a Boston Street Fight.
The company also held its Second Anniversary Show at the National Guard Armory in Braintree, Massachusetts, which featured a Pure Wrestling Championship match between A.J. Styles and CM Punk. Both sites are within an Uber ride of downtown Boston, so the trip would be well worth it for independent wrestling fans.
Just outside Boston is Lowell, Massachusetts, which also has a rich wrestling history. In 2007, the Tsongas Arena hosted TNA’s Lockdown 2008, which featured an incredible headlining match between Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe.
Once tourists have visited many of the non-WWE venues and sites around the city, it’s time to enjoy a dinner of local cuisine and enjoy the best entertainment Boston has to offer. For a great meal, look no further than Sam LaGrassa's.
Ranked No. 1 on the places to eat list by TripAdvisor, Sam LaGrassa's is a sandwich shop that has perfected everything from pastrami and corned beef to chicken parmigiana. With affordable prices and a great Boston atmosphere, this is the authentic meal wrestling fans will be looking for downtown.
For those trying to enjoy the nightlife in the city after dinner, head over to Lansdowne Street near Kenmore Square to enjoy the many bars and clubs the area has to offer. From House of Blues Boston to the Lucky Strike bowling alley to the Bleacher Bar at historic Fenway Park, there is something for everyone during a night of drinking and exploring.
After a good night sleep at a local hotel or Airbnb establishment, it’s time to get some late breakfast or early lunch, depending on how much fun you had the night before. There are many options in Boston, but Blunch is the perfect combination of great food and cheap prices.
From bagels to pressed sandwiches, Blunch is the ultimate breakfast paradise in the city and the perfect place to fill up for cheap before heading to an arena that will undoubtedly overcharge you for everything.
Once you are finished your meal, it’s time to make the move down to the TD Garden. Before entering the building, though, it’s important to head over to the parking lot next to the arena where the original Boston Garden once stood.
The original Boston Garden housed some of the biggest shows in WWE during the 1970s and 80s, and it was the home of wrestling dating back to the days of the WWWF and beyond. Legends like Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales and Lou Thesz graced the arena, but unfortunately it was demolished in 1998.
The destruction of the old Garden gave birth to the new arena, dubbed at the time as the FleetCenter. Now known as the TD Garden, wrestling fans should enter the building early to enjoy some of the rich history the building has already helped create.
WWE has used TD Garden as one of the main arenas for marquee PPVs and episodes of Raw and SmackDown since it was built. Some of the biggest events include WrestleMania XIV in 1998, the Royal Rumble in 2003 and 2011, Survivor Series in 2008 and 2013, and SummerSlam in 2006.
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Walking through TD Garden is an awe-inspiriting experience. Not only is there a plethora of traditional sports history there thanks to Boston’s basketball and hockey teams, but there is also a rich history of wrestling tradition already, less than 20 years after it was constructed.
Add in the fact that those traveling to Boston will be able to witness the latest chapter in WWE’s history in the city when the TLC PPV arrives, and the trip up to the Northeast for a wrestling show will be worth it for anyone thinking about making the trek.
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