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‘WWE SmackDown’ is back at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre with live broadcast on March 5

‘WWE SmackDown’ is back at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre with live broadcast on March 5
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From a press release:

WWE announced today that “WWE SmackDown Live” will return to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. The pro-wrestling event will be broadcast live nationally on the USA Network from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., once again showcasing fans from Northeastern Pennsylvania in front of the WWE universe.

The event card will feature a double main event with AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan in a WWE Championship Match and Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton. Fan-favorite WWE Superstars Becky Lynch, The Bar, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Charlotte Flair, Samoa Joe, Rusev, Asuka, The New Day, The Usos, Naomi, and more are also scheduled to appear at this event, though the lineup is subject to change.

Offering “the best value in entertainment,” tickets start at $20, plus fees, and go on sale this Friday, Dec. 14th at 10 a.m. at the NBT Bank Box Office at the arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

The last time WWE SmackDown visited the arena was on July 17 following WWE Extreme Rules in Pittsburgh. Local fans witnessed the fallout of the pay-per-view event as the show returned to the Wilkes-Barre venue for the first time since the historic 900th episode of the series in 2016.

Broadcast live to the world, the main event featured Jeff Hardy challenging Shinsuke Nakamura again in the United States Championship Match after his defeat at Extreme Rules. Just as Hardy was about to claim victory, Randy Orton ambushed him and brutally beat Hardy, which led Hardy to win anyway by disqualification.

Other matches included AJ Styles vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas, Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose, Samoa Joe vs. Tye Dillinger, and Eric Young vs. Kofi Kingston, along with Daniel Bryan interrupting The Miz’s “funeral” for Team Hell No.

Thousands turned out to watch all the action and donate nonperishable food items to the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Christmas in July food drive.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from this event here and watch the WWE’s Top 10 highlights from that night below: