The latest instalment of WWE's mega-successful WrestleMania will be taking place in Miami on April Fools' Day 2012 (insert own joke). It will be the 28th such event ('WrestleMania XXVIII') for the record-breaking promotion, launched with the inaugural WrestleMania at New York's Madison Square Garden back in 1985.
That event featured the likes of Mr T, Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Junk Yard Dog and Cyndi Lauper (that's 'Cyndi Lauper'). The referee for the headline bout was Muhammad Ali and the official time keeper was the legendary pianist and entertainer Liberace. Honestly.
That line-up helped seal the deal for WWE (or WWF as it was known before an unseemly legal tussle with the panda botherers of the same name). WrestleMania quickly became a much talked about annual fixture, high on the camp theatricality that remains the global blueprint for 'American wrestling'.
The 2012 event will be followed by the WrestleMania Revenge Tour which will see the big names of WWE, which include the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, The Miz, visiting these shores to atomic-drop and clothes-line their way to spray-tanned glory.
The WrestleMania Revenge Tour is bringing both Smackdown and Raw brands to the UK and Ireland in 2012. The Smackdown events kick off in the Dublin O2 Arena on 12th April, followed by arena shows in Belfast, Manchester, London (The O2), Sheffield, Cardiff and Newcastle, before the final event in Glasgow on 21st April 2012.
WWE Raw will be at the Trent FM arena in Nottingham on 15th April, then at The O2 in Greenwich the following night. Note that Raw events begin at 5PM (Smackdown starts at 7PM).
We will have tickets for all dates on the WrestleMania Revenge Tour when they go on sale on Friday 11th November for Ireland and Friday 18th November for the UK shows.
In the meantime, the 2011 WWE Raw World Tour continues until Friday 11th November, with the final event at The O2 Arena. Limited tickets are still available for some shows, priced from around £20.