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WWE Niagara Falls is a now-defunct wrestling-related retail establishment that was part of the Falls Avenue Entertainment Complex, which is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and owned by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was the world's first WWE retail and attraction site.

History

The facility opened on August 1, 2002 as part of the Clifton Hill strip in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was partly owned by Canadian Niagara Hotels and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was designed by Forrec of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fans began arriving to the grand opening the day before. Several wrestlers arrived for the opening to sign autographs for fans, including Trish Stratus, Chris Benoit, and Val Venis. The building featured a gift shop with WWE memorabilia and exhibitions on display, selling everything from action figures and T-shirts to books, DVDs, and autographs. WWE Niagara Falls also featured video games and pay-per-views playing to entertain the visitors.

WWE Niagara Falls ceased operations as of March 31, 2011. The WWE decided that it was not making as much profit anymore. The retail store and ride were closed until September of the same year. Historically, this is a second WWE retail store to be historically closed (the other being The World in New York, which opened in 1999 and closed in 2003. Hard Rock Cafe eventually took the building in 2005).

Rides

It also featured a drop tower attraction called The Pile Driver spanning 220 feet (67 m). The attraction was named after a professional wrestling move known as the piledriver. This particular attraction was open from mid-May to mid-November due to seasonal demand and climate reasons.

Something Different

The store now stands as the 'Something Different' gift shop selling various items based on the attractions around it. There is still a section of wrestling merchandise inside on the bottom floor and the title belt still stands over the entrance for visitors to enter. The pictures of the superstars that used to stand over the store are now advertisement panels. The Pile-driver ride is now separate from the store and operates under the same name.

World Wrestling Entertainment
History
1980s boomBlack SaturdayWrestleManiaMonday Night WarsMontreal ScrewjobThe Attitude EraThe InvasionBrand ExtensionWWE Video Library
Programming
RAWSmackDown!NXTSuperstarsMain EventTotal DivasWWE Legends' House
Current programmingFormer ProgrammingPay-per-views
Talent
Current roster (current champions) • WWE DivasAlumniHall of Fame (inductees) • Diva SearchTough EnoughHall of Shame (inductees)
Affiliated organizations
WWE StudiosWWE Niagara FallsWWE RecordsWWE Video GamesWWE BooksWWE Shop.comWWE NetworkWWE Home VideoWWE Performance Center
Defunct businesses
World Bodybuilding FederationThe WorldWWE Niagara FallsXFL
Notable acquisitions
World Championship WrestlingExtreme Championship WrestlingAmerican Wrestling AssociationWorld Class Championship Wrestling
Developmental territories
Deep South WrestlingHeartland Wrestling AssociationInternational Wrestling AssociationMemphis Championship WrestlingOhio Valley Wrestling
Accomplishments
Current championsRoyal RumbleMoney in the BankKing of the RingTriple CrownGrand SlamFormer championships
Draft
2002200420052006200720082009201020112016
Also see
McMahon family

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