WWE would be heading outside the United States for the Backlash premium live event. Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the event is set to have Bad Bunny as the host. It looks like WWE is planning to host the go-home show in Puerto Rico as well.
WWE Backlash 2023 will mark the second time WWE held a premium live event to the Caribbean Island. The last time WWE came to Puerto Rico was at the New Year’s Revolution pay-per-view in 2005.
The 2023 Backlash is slated to take place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot on May 6th. The premium live event will also see Bad Bunny make a return to WWE in his home country.
After an overwhelming number of pre-sale tickets, WWE has decided to give it’s Puerto Rican fans a treat with the go-home SmackDown taking place at the same venue as Backlash. WWE made the announcement today in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority (PRCDA) and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Following the high volume of Backlash ticket pre-registrations for the Saturday, May 6 event in San Juan, WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that SmackDown will also be headed to Puerto Rico that weekend. SmackDown will emanate from the same venue – Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot – on Friday, May 5.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority (PRCDA) and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
“The PRCDA and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company have a phenomenal track record of delivering large-scale events to the island,” said John Porco, WWE Executive Vice President, Live Events. “Their partnership and support have allowed WWE to bring not just one – but two – nights of sports entertainment to Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot this May.”
“Puerto Rico is a world-class entertainment destination. We have proven ourselves time and time again by hosting worldwide known and recognized events. Our unique venues provide the perfect settings to receive our visitors and to guarantee them an incredible experience. We are proud and very excited to host one of the most-anticipated events of this year”, said Mariela Vallines, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Convention District Authority.
“Puerto Rico is a renowned, successful host of sporting events due to its state-of-the-art modern infrastructure, air-and-sea accessibility, variety of accommodations, experienced production staff and its warmth and hospitality. Events such as WWE’s Backlash and SmackDown provide a great venue to showcase the island’s assets both as a diverse travel destination, and an ideal location to hold international events such as this,” said Carlos Mercado Santiago, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
Hosted by two-time GRAMMY® award-winning and global recording artist Bad Bunny, Backlash marks the first WWE premium live event to take place in Puerto Rico since January 2005.
An exclusive presale opportunity for combo tickets for Friday Night SmackDown and Backlash will be available this Monday, March 20 at 12pm ET via Ticketera.com. Fans can register now to receive an exclusive presale offer by visiting https://www.wwe.com/backlash-presale-registration.
General public on-sale for combo tickets will be available this Tuesday, March 21 at 10am ET via Ticketera.com
It is unknown whether Bad Bunny would be making an appearance at the go-home SmackDown for Backlash. What we do know is he wouldn’t miss his upcoming return at Backlash. For more updates, stay tuned to Ringside News.
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