CLEARWATER — What the WWE calls their “Royal Rumble weekend” now spans three Tampa Bay cities.
The Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) brings his one-man show to Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 28.
That’s the day after the WWE’s Royal Rumble will be held at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field and the day before Tampa’s Amalie Arena hosts an episode of the global promotion’s “Monday Night Raw.”
According to the WWE, the performance titled “UNDERTAKER 1 deadMAN SHOW” features the retired icon of sports entertainment “in an intimate setting, sharing never-before-heard stories from his Hall of Fame career and taking questions from the WWE Universe in attendance. The show has sold out venues in Nashville, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Antonio and London since debuting.”
The Undertaker’s WWE career spanned 30 years and included more than a dozen championship title reigns and a record streak of 21 straight WrestleMania victories. For most of his WWE career, the character had a supernatural vibe of a man nearly impervious to pain. At 6′10 and around 300 lbs., he was surprisingly agile, known for the ability to walk the top rope like a circus performer and then leap onto an opponent.
Tickets to “UNDERTAKER 1 deadMAN SHOW” will be available to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 via rutheckerdhall.com.
But, beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for those who are part of the WWE’s email database. Visit wwe.com/events and click on the signup icon in the top righthand corner to sign up.
A limited number of VIP tickets, which include premier seating and a meet-and-greet with The Undertaker, will be available.
The annual Royal Rumble event features a men’s and women’s 30-person over-the-top rope elimination battle royal. It begins with two competitors. A new one is added every 90 seconds, with time ticking down on a countdown clock. The last man and woman standing earn a championship match opportunity at the next WrestleMania, which will be held in April in Philadelphia.