Richmond Coliseum Closed And Likely To Be Torn Down

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 02/07/19

WRIC-TV reports that the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia has been closed and there are no plans for any more events at the venue. A pitch has been made to tear down the venue and replace it with a larger arena as part of a $1.4 billion redevelopment plan, but so far it hasn’t been approved.

The venue was opened in 1971 and has hosted many wrestling shows, most recently a RAW taping in May of last year. It hosted several WWE PPVs, including In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell (headlined by The Undertaker vs. Steve Austin), Armageddon 2006 (Batista & John Cena vs. Dave Finley & Booker T) and Backlash 2016 (AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose). Before WWE’s national expansion, Richmond hosted the NWA, specifically Jim Crockett Promotions. Ric Flair won his first US title there, beating Bobo Brazil on July 29, 1977. Wahoo McDaniel won the same belt by beating Sgt. Slaughter in 1982, while Gene and Ole Anderson beat Paul Jones and the Masked Superstar for the NWA World Tag Team Championship in May 1981 while The Briscoes defeated Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in October 1983. The venue hasn’t been used since a Harlem Globetrotters game in December 2018 and no future events are scheduled.