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Undertaker returns to ‘WWE SmackDown’ in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 15, arena accepting donations for vets

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From a press release:

The WWE is returning to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre with “WWE SmackDown Live” on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:15 p.m., and it has just been announced that the Undertaker will also be coming back for this 900th episode of the action-packed show, the final episode before the “Survivor Series.”

The last time “The Deadman” appeared was at “WrestleMania 32” earlier this year in a controversial Hell in a Cell match with Shane McMahon.

Other WWE Superstars set to appear in the worldwide broadcast include A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, and Becky Lynch, among others.

Offering “the best value in entertainment,” tickets start at only $15 and are available at the NBT Bank Box Office at the arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.),, charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000, or any Ticketmaster outlet.

The SMG-managed Mohegan Sun Arena is also teaming up with the WWE to support local veterans at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton. Local wrestling enthusiasts may donate an item from the Resident Wish List (listed below) and be entered to win a luxury suite with 12 tickets to see “WWE SmackDown Live” at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 15 and meet a WWE Superstar earlier that day.

Fans may donate items at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (401 Penn Ave., Scranton) beginning Monday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. through Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.; it will be open 24 hours for donations. Fans may also donate items at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from Nov. 7-11. One random winner will be selected from all combined donations/entries after 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

“We are honored to be partnering with the WWE to help support local veterans in our community,” said Stephen Poremba, SMG director of sales and marketing at Mohegan Sun Arena. “Veterans Day reminds us all of the sacrifices made by so many brave men and women to protect our freedoms and collectively thank and honor them for their courage.”

The 196-bed Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center provides a broad spectrum of health care and related services to those commonwealth veterans and their eligible spouses who are disabled, chronically ill, or in need of specialized care. They assist residents in functioning independently and at their optimal level. Most importantly, all residents are treated with respect and dignity.

The facility includes a chapel, pharmacy, barber, and beautician services, dining rooms, and a multi-purpose room for large gatherings. Outdoor areas include a courtyard with a covered pavilion and a “victory” garden area where residents plant flowers and vegetables.

The staff considers it a privilege to serve those who served their country, and they extend an invitation to all interested persons to visit the center and witness the first-class care which they provide.

Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center Resident Wish List:

New clothing (men’s and women’s)
Sweatpants/leisure pants
Diabetic socks
Sneakers with Velcro straps
White or color t-shirts
Closed-back slippers
Cardigan sweaters

Personal comfort items
Electric razors with and without cords
Replacement heads for electric razors
Watches with big numbers
Weight lifting/gym gloves
Non-skid slipper socks
Convention ID badge holders
Clothes hampers with lids
Neck pillows

Recreational items
MP3 players
Postage stamps
Plush or stuffed animals
DVD Players
Craft kits
Gift cards to local restaurants/events

They no longer accept:
Used clothing
VHS videos
Music cassette tapes
Used puzzles
Baby/body powder
Disposable razors
Shaving cream
Puzzle books

They have limited need for:
Lap blankets
Large walker/wheelchair bags
Slipper socks
Emory boards