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A Tourist's Guide to WWE Survivor Series 2015 in Atlanta

Entertainment | Donald Wood | November 12, 2015

A Tourist's Guide to WWE Survivor Series 2015 in Atlanta

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Survivor Series is one of the most high-profile shows each year for WWE, and the 2015 edition of the special event will be making its way to Atlanta, Georgia for the 39th anniversary.

This year’s pay-per-view will take place at Philips Arena on Sunday, Nov. 22, and there are few better places in the wrestling industry to visit for such a pivotal show than Atlanta. From hosting WrestleMania XXVII in 2011, to hosting World Championship Wrestling events, to being the home of Georgia Championship Wrestling, the town is full of wrestling history.

WWE is the biggest company in the world today, but there was a time when Georgia Championship Wrestling ran Atlanta. With legends like Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Jake Roberts, Junkyard Dog and many others becoming stars in the territory, there is a strong foundation for the sport in the state.

Travelers looking to make their way to Atlanta for Survivor Series should get there at least one day early to soak in all the city has to offer. While it’s undoubtedly steeped in wrestling history, there are also a bounty of entertaining things to see and do and plenty of places to grab some amazing local cuisine.

Most wrestling fans will arrive late Friday night or early Saturday morning, and the first place everyone must visit is CNN Center. While most people are going to ask why they would want to visit this building, the original name was The Omni Coliseum and it was a Mecca for wrestling in the south.

The building was one of the main stops for Georgia Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW throughout the 1980s, and hosted legendary shows including Starrcade four times. The venue also held several WWF live events through the years.

The Omni doesn’t host wrestling shows anymore, but it has been converted into a hotel complex that fans arriving in Atlanta for Survivor Series can stay. What better way to re-live history than by staying for the weekend at a place so steeped in tradition?

Once you are checked into your hotel and enjoy a full tour of The Omni CNN Center, it’s time to go enjoy a local establishment that serves both great food and some quality entertainment. No restaurant in Atlanta embodies that spirit more than The Vortex.

With a fun party-like atmosphere and some of the best booze and burgers in town, The Vortex is the perfect place for wrestling fans visiting the city to get a taste of the local cuisine and the southern hospitality you find at an Atlanta party.

After getting your fill of burgers and booze, a quick trip around to the back of The Vortex will reveal the Laughing Skull Lounge, a unique comedy club that highlights the best local and national talent.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the headlining act at the club will be Paul Varghese from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham.” Once the set wraps up and you’re done at the bar, it’s time to turn in for a big Sunday PPV.

Whether you wake up in the morning or in the afternoon—depending on the night before—it’s crucial to a successful day to get some breakfast in your stomach. Wherever you are in Atlanta, there is sure to be a Thumbs Up Diner close by.

The Thumbs Up Diner is a staple of the area, and whether you’re looking for one of the build-your-own breakfast plates that are served all day or one of their famous burgers, this is the perfect place for wrestling fans to start Survivor Series day.

Before heading to Phillips Arena for the PPV, though, visitors to the city should take a ride to the Georgia Dome. The architectural wonder isn’t just visually stimulating, either, as the building has hosted WrestleMania XXVII and several episodes of both WWF Raw and WCW Nitro during the Monday Night War.

Get to the arena complex early—Phillips Arena is in the same area as both the Georgia Dome and CNN Center—as the Atlanta Falcons will be playing at home that day. If you enjoy tailgating parties and barbecue food, there will be ample opportunities to mingle with locals while getting your fill of local grub.

Once the doors open for the show in the afternoon, wrestling fans should begin to file into Phillips Arena for the show. Not only can fans find their seats, but they can also walk around the building to witness the history inside. With the 2002 and 2010 Royal Rumbles emanating from the facility, and the arena playing host to Hell in a Cell 2012, there is plenty of modern wrestling taking place in the city.

Members of the WWE Universe attending Survivor Series in Atlanta this year will be on hand to witness the crowning of a new champion and will be able to watch the 25th anniversary of The Undertaker as he teams us with Kane for a Brothers of Destruction reunion.

Atlanta is a beautiful city with a rich wrestling tradition. Taking the time to visit before heading to Survivor Series will give you a better appreciation of the sport and the impact Atlanta has on the WWE Universe still to this day.

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