To buy tickets to RFK, you have to get into the wrestling ring and engage in, well, a fight.
Ticketmaster says Donald Curry fans have paid the most for a standing-room-only event at RFK Stadium in nine years. Curry’s Oct. 27 match with AJ Styles, on NXT Takeover: Philadelphia, was the largest crowd for a professional wrestling show at the stadium, which seats 11,515.
Curry, the former Golden State Warriors star, has only wrestled on the road in the past, against less credentialed opponents. This was his first-ever match at RFK.
This means his fight with Styles was the largest wrestling promotion has seen in the facility since a Money in the Bank match in June 2010, which drew 8,605.
At that time, WWE popularized crowds by setting up a cage under the center-hung video board. Cena and Cesaro both won their ladder matches under that roof. No such roof was used for this event.
A crowd from that size can be unwieldy for a live-tickets sale and risk make-or-break when a quality attraction is matched up against a lack-luster opponent.
Curry is a homegrown talent, and WWE wants to promote his neck injuries when it gives him a title shot against Luke Gallows. The promotion hopes he beats his 15 percent spinal meniscus tear, which started with a shooting star press. The injury hampered him in his best basketball years with the Warriors.
He could be penciled in for his first win in less than three weeks, should he heal in time.