Why Philadelphia lost WrestleManias 31 and 32

Why Philadelphia lost WrestleManias 31 and 32

There was talk over the summer that Philadelphia was in the running for a future WrestleMania, but that plan appears to have fallen by the wayside for now. World Wrestling Entertainment announced on Tuesday that Santa Clara, California won its bid to host next year’s show at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

To make matters worse, an NBC Bay Area affiliate reported Cowboys Stadium is “confirmed” for WrestleMania in 2016. If true, that means the very earliest Philly could land the WWE’s hallmark event is three years from now.

’15 and ’16 were described as the target dates for a WM at Lincoln Financial Field when the story broke back in July. Both Santa Clara and Arlington were said to be competition at the time, but the dirt sheets went cold on Philly sometime between then and the announcement. So what happened?

Apparently, city officials didn’t do a good enough job of WOOOO-ing the WWE. (Pretty clever, eh?) Here’s the report by PWInsider via WrestleZone:

WWE chose Santa Clara, California to host WrestleMania 31 over Philadelphia due to Philly official's approach to the bidding process, reports PWInsider. It's being said that Philadelphia lost out on WrestleMania because they showed a "lack of interest". Bay Area officials were much more inviting and enthusiastic about hosting the big event.

The Philadelphia representatives acted more like they were doing WWE a favor by hosting 'Mania in their city, rather than the other way around. The PWInsider report is claiming that was a major factor in WWE's decision to ultimately go with Santa Clara to host WrestleMania 31.

This is also likely the reason Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field missed out on WrestleMania 32 as well. It was confirmed this past week that the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — home of the Dallas Cowboys — would host WrestleMania in 2016.

Assuming there’s any validity to that, it’s a curious decision by the city. Fans literally travel from all over the world to see WrestleMania, which has turned into a week-long event that includes all kinds of special access to the performers leading up to the night of the show, and as has become customary, the next night’s edition of Raw.

That’s tens of thousands of tourists that probably won’t be visiting the City of Brotherly Love anytime in the next three years—or more importantly, their wallets.

Philadelphia has a rich pro wrestling history, so there’s little doubt WrestleMania will eventually make its way back to the city. Maybe, just guessing, for WrestleMania 35, which would mark the 20-year anniversary of the last time the event was here inside the Wells Fargo Center.

Oh well. Hopefully that’s going to be the last thing Philly loses to Dallas for the rest of the month.

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge. 

Now, that trial won't be until April. 

A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May. 

The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella. 

Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.

This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack. 

After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass." 

Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million. 

Report: Eagles considering moving on from Jason Kelce

Report: Eagles considering moving on from Jason Kelce

According to a report, Jason Kelce might have already played his final game in an Eagles uniform. 

The team is considering "moving on" from the veteran center by way of trade or outright release, according to PhillyVoice's Jimmy Kempski.

Kelce, 29, has a cap hit of $6.2 million in 2017 and the Eagles could save $3.8 million by cutting him after a disappointing 2016 season. He's still under contract through the 2020 season, but the Eagles could elect to move on without serious salary cap implications. 

In November, Kelce gave a very honest assessment of his play: “I think that I quite frankly need to do a better job. That’s what it comes down to. I love playing in this city, I love playing in this organization, and if I’m going to keep doing that, I have to do a better job.”

The obvious choice to replace Kelce, if the Eagles decide to go this way, would be 2016 rookie Isaac Seumalo. The third-round pick played six positions last year but did not play a single snap at center, which might be his most natural spot. 

Seumalo didn't play at center because for the second straight season, Kelce didn't miss a single snap. He played all 1,133 snaps in 2016 and hasn't missed a play in the last 39 games. Kelce was a sixth-round pick by the Eagles out of Cincinnati in 2011.