“WrestleMania 40” will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA on April 6 and 7, 2024. Philly is the home of ECW, and while the promotion in its original state is gone since 2001, its legacy lives on.
Speaking to Wrestling Inc. Senior News Editor Nick Hausman, former ECW and WWE star The Blue Meanie, detailed what WWE expects during “WrestleMania” weekend at the City of Brotherly Love.
“Mania is here in two years and the last time WrestleMania was in Philly, it was WrestleMania XV,” Meaney said. “ECW was not officially under the WWE umbrella, and every year at WrestleMania, when they go to a city, they have some sort of acceptance in that time zone, whether it’s World Class in Dallas, the Freebirds in Georgia. , or whatever. Wherever they go, they’re always there… Now that ECW is officially under the WWE umbrella, it would be nice if they did a little hint for ECW WrestleMania weekend, whether it’s on Access or A little cameo – maybe a gimmick battle royal.”
If “WrestleMania 40” weekend had some ECW spice, one would think that wrestlers from that era would be honored in the Hall of Fame. However, Meanie isn’t one to pound the table for an induction. “You have to put a ring on it like Beyonce said,” Meaney joked. “It’s not fixed for me. When you say, ‘Oh, I want a thing,’ it sounds insidious.”
With that said, don’t expect Meaney to disapprove of WWE if such a gesture was made. “I won’t protest,” Meaney said. “So, ECW, accept WWE while your biggest show of the year is in Philly and accept something that, quite frankly, I think is inspired by the Attitude Era.”