D.C. is more than just the home of the half-smoke. It’s also the birthplace of modern professional wrestling. WWE brain Vince McMahon’s dad, Vincent K. McMahon, got the family ring empire started through the weekly cards he put on in the 1950s at Turner’s Arena on W Street NW. A 1965 Washington Post story on the building said “every wrestler from Gorgeous George to Bruno Sammartino” wrestled for McMahon at Turner’s, and film of those matches was shipped to all major media markets on the Eastern seaboard for syndicated programming. Tonight, Vince the Younger promotes a “Raw” card with all the WWE superstars at Verizon Center, an arena within walking distance of Turner’s and about 10 times the size of the old place. It’ll be televised live worldwide via cable. What would Dad think? Some version of: “Well done, Son. Well done.”
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