Get local news delivered straight to your phone
Support City Paper!
Ever since onetime area resident Vince McMahon Sr. sold the World Wrestling Federation to his megalomaniacal genius of a son, Vince Jr., the “sport entertainment” has stepped up the pace of its global takeover. Having already secured strongholds in the worlds of film and television, the WWF has recently advanced into two other realms of American obsession: sex (the WWF’s Sable will be on the cover of April’s Playboy) and politics (need we mention Governor Jesse?). On Friday, the WWF establishes a beachhead at the MCI Center with the Wrestlemania Road Rage Tour. The newly buff Big Boss Man will face off against the Undertaker in a battle that should have plenty of pay-per-view takers in Hades. The 1997 World Wrestling Federation Magazine’s Rookie of the Year, Ken Shamrock, hopes to put his finishing move, the Ankle-Lock Submission, on Bart Gunn, member of the Superstars. But the frivolity ends when the highlighters—seething with grudge juices—hit the mat: Deranged WWF Champion Mankind teams up with Stone Cold Steve Austin (pictured, standing) against their arch-enemies—the Rock, who defeated Mankind at the 1998 Royal Rumble, and the 7-foot Kane, who beat Austin at the 1998 King of the Ring competition. These matches should be full of profanity-laced bluster and hearty simulated ass-kickings, in keeping with the WWF’s positioning of itself as World Championship Wrestling’s R-rated older brother. The rumbling begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the MCI Center, 7th & F Sts. NE. $35. For reservations call (202) 628-3200. (Jake Tapper)