Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez Preview Show On 21Alive Morning News

WWE Lays ‘SmackDown!’ On Memorial Coliseum (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. ( - The Road to WrestleMania XXIX heads right through Fort Wayne on Tuesday, when World Wrestling Entertainment’s Friday Night SmackDown! tapes this week’s episode at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Tuesday’s live event marks the second time within the calendar year that both of WWE’s television shows have come to the Summit City. Monday Night RAW originated from the Coliseum on June 25.

SmackDown! will air Friday night at 8:00 on SyFy.

Del Rio and his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, joined Eric Olson and Linda Jackson Tuesday on 21Alive Morning News to talk about the show, and WWE’s preparations for WrestleMania.

“WWE is spectacular,” Del Rio says. “It’s the best in sports entertainment. All the big superstars are going to be here.”

Del Rio & Rodriguez will be joined by some of professional wrestling’s biggest names, including: World Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan), Randy Orton and Sheamus and Big Show.

“We are the closest thing to living superheroes,” Rodriguez says. “It’s nice to see the faces of children and fans alike, all over the world; and the affect we have on them.”

Fans interested in keeping up with all the wrestlers, divas and SmackDown! events are encouraged to use the #WWEFtWayne hashtag on Twitter.