WWE superstars return to Daytona's Ocean Center on Sunday

WWE graphic for Headline Surfer / Shown above on the top row for the WWE card Sunday at the Ocean Center are "The Boss" Sasha Banks, Elias, "King" Baron Corbin, Smackdown Women's Champion Bailey, and on the bottom row are Smackdown Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt, "The Big Dog" Roman Reins, and "The Monster Among Men" Braun Strowman. 

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the annals of sports entertainment, the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach has proven time and again a venue where the blurred line between good and evil creates ever-lasting impressions on die-hard fans of professional wrestling.

Come Sunday, the wrestler that blurs that line perhaps more than all the current crop of wrestling superstars is "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt, the Smackdown Universal Champion.

Other Smackdown brand notables announced for the 7 p.m. Sunday card include "The Boss" Sasha Banks, Elias, "King" Baron Corbin, Smackdown Women's Champion Bailey, "The Big Dog" Roman Reins, "The Monster Among Men" Braun Strowman, and others.

Daytona's Ocean Center has been the battle ground for great WW house shows like the one in 2011 featuring John Cena, Rany Orton, The Great Khali, AJ Lee and others. Prior years in the 2000s and late 1990s have seen the likes of Shawn Michals, Bret Hart, Goldberg, Chris Jericho and Diamond Dallas Page. But the biggest wrestling show at the Ocean Center was the 1996 WCW pay-per-view, "Bash at the Beach, where the ultimate betrayal took place.

Daytona's Ocean Center has been the battle ground for great WW house shows like the one in 2011 featuring John Cena, Rany Orton, The Great Khali, AJ Lee and others. Prior years in the 2000s and late 1990s have seen the likes of Shawn Michals, Bret Hart, Goldberg, Chris Jericho and Diamond Dallas Page. But the biggest wrestling show at the Ocean Center was the 1996 WCW pay-per-view, "Bash at the Beach, where the ultimate betrayal took place.

The setting was World Championship Wrestling's Bash at the Beach pay-per-view where it was supposed to be good vs. evil. Instead on this historic night of July 7, it was good turned evil and the birth of the NWO.

That's when Hulk Hogan entered the squared-circle for what would turn into a Pearl Harbor job on his WCW mates, Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger against "The Outsiders," Scott Hall and Ponce Inlet's Kevin Nash.

This was the main event of the evening in a six-member tag team match with Hall and Nash scheduled to be joined by a "mystery partner" who turned out to be none other than Hogan, against Savage, Sting and Luger. It led to the formation of the New World Order, which helped catapult WCW to the top of the ratings in its battle with the WWF, now known as the WWE.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.