The Ringpost: Turner's Arena in DC
Later known as Capitol Arena
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This Sunday, 1/8, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) will be holding one of their scouting combines at The State Theater in Havre de Grace, MD. At the end of the day, at 6 p.m., they will be holding a free show open to the public.
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This past Friday, on December 30, MCW Pro Wrestling hosted Season’s Beatings in Joppa, MD. Read the full results here.
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The VCW Heavyweight Champion, Logan Easton Laroux, made a tweet Sunday that will lead to speculation he is retiring later this year.
On December 28, WWE Global Ambassador Titus O’Neil served as grand marshal of the Military Bowl Parade in Annapolis, MD.
On December 30, Gillberg and James Ellsworth appeared at Squared Circle Collectibles in Winchester, VA.
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December 28 marked the 25th anniversary of WCW Starrcade at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. This event included the main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Sting that has gone down in wrestling infamy. Brian Griffiths of The Duckpin shared his thoughts on attending the show, which was the first wrestling show he ever attended.
The next night, WCW Monday Nitro at The Baltimore Arena featured a rematch of the main event from the night before.
This weekend, Mike Mooneyham published the conclusion of his 4-part series on Mid-Atlantic Wrestling legend Bob Caudle.
December 27 was the 24th anniversary of the Starrcade ‘98 event in DC that included Kevin Nash ending Goldberg’s streak.
December 26th was the 49th anniversary of a WWWF show at The Baltimore Civic Center that included Andre the Giant defeating Stan Stasiak.
December 29th marked the 39th anniversary of a WWF card at the Capitol Centre in Landover, MD. That day, WWF World Champion The Iron Sheik defeated Salvatore Bellomo.
The next night, the WWF held a show in Salisbury, MD.
Turner’s Arena was originally owned by local wrestling promoter Joe Turner. It was located at the corner of 14th and W Street, NW in Washington, DC. He converted the space from a garage in 1935. The building hosted college basketball, concerts, boxing matches, political speeches, and wrestling.
When Turned died in 1947, his widow hired Vincent J. McMahon as a promoter. McMahon took over the building lease in 1954 and renamed it Capitol Arena and his Capitol Wrestling Corporation hosted events there every Thursday night for a decade. The events were shown on television as Heavyweight Wrestling. The building was torn down in 1965.
Reports indicated that fans of Thursday night wrestling in DC included General Douglas MacArthur and President Harry S. Truman (and his wife Bess):
According to McMahon, two regular wrestling fans via television were the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Mrs. Harry Truman. MacArthur, McMahon says, limited his Thursday night engagements so that he could watch the weekly shows.
The late Edward R. Murrow on his "Person to Person" show once asked Mrs. Truman, upon her return to Independence, what she missed most in Washington. "Wrestling on television," she replied.