Whenever WrestleMania comes to a host city, every event center and auditorium in a 20-mile radius is used for some sort of sports entertainment event. The WWE Superstars are generally the main attraction at the largest space available, but stars from the indie and international scene (not to mention a million legends) can be seen at autograph signings and various shows scattered across the city.
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This year — much like last year — you can see some seriously big name indie wrestlers (and big time indie promotions) represented at Axxess. That’s right: the WrestleMania week event that is usually the most likely to be skipped by indie fans is getting four tournaments, and the lineup looks stacked.
For the first time ever at WrestleMania Axxess, multiple tournaments will be held, each with major championship implications. Featured tourneys include the WWE United Kingdom Championship Invitational, the NXT North American Invitational, the NXT Tag Team Invitational and the NXT Women’s Invitational.
Holy. Sh*t. Right? That’s pro wrestling with stakes, ladies and gentlemen. That’s high caliber entertainment. That’s your Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday day time spoken for.
In addition to the tournaments, there are indie titles up for grabs, like the PROGRESS Women’s Championship and Tag Team Championship, and WWN Championship. And oh yeah, a few people you’ve heard of are going to be there. Like Keith Lee and Walter.
The tournaments will begin during the first day of Axxess (Thursday at 6 p.m.) and culminate on the final day (Sunday at 8 a.m.) with the tournament winners facing their respective champions in title matches (heads up, the first-ever NXT North American title defense will be at Axxess). Which means Sunday could very well be the longest day of your professional wrestling fan life.