MIRIAM RAMIREZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR
Watch out, Rio Grande Valley! WWE superstar Elias says anything he comes across during his visit to the RGV is fair game for one of his many off-the-cuff, in-ring serenades.
The last time WWE Live came to town, the guitar-smashing drifter sang about Delia’s Tamales and the 17th Street nightlife.
When WWE Live returns to Bert Ogden Arena on Friday, nothing’s off limits.
“Don’t show me anything,” the Raw superstar said in a phone interview with The Monitor. “I’m liable to use it in a song.”
All homages to the Valley aside, and with Wrestlemania still a couple of months away, the Pittsburgh native says there is still work to be done.
“The road to Mania is gonna be a hard traveled one,” he said. “On top of that, I need to send a message, that WWE stands for Walk With Elias.”
Friday night, fans can catch a full roster of Raw brand WWE superstars solidify their feuds as they journey toward the biggest even in sports entertainment.
Witness the battle for three titles including the Raw Women’s Championship where the leader of the Riot Squad Ruby Riott takes on the Baddest Woman on the Planet Ronda Rousey.
Also on the line, a shot at the coveted Intercontinental Championship title with a Fatal Four Way between Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Apollo Crews, and the Lunatic Fringe himself, Dean Ambrose.
As the build-up to Wrestlemania intensifies, superstars like Elias set their sights on that career-defining moment come April.
For him, it’s the chance to smash a guitar on none other than The Rock, whom he says has called him out before.
“I hear comparisons,” he says of the wrestling legend-turned-actor. “He was doing cover songs and I’m doing originals all the time in front of tens of thousands. That’s something The Rock cannot do.”
The newly turned heel can’t help but mention he’s currently rockin’ out to his all original debut EP, “Walk With Elias.” End plug.
For now, Elias asks that you “silence your cellphones and hold your applause” while he smashes some more guitars on the backs of your favorite WWE superstars.
Fans will have to wait and see what surprises may be in store tonight at Bert Ogden Arena, also leading up to Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV in Houston.
Tickets to WWE Live are still available at bertogdenarena.com or at the arena box office. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100. For more information, call (956) 562-7362.
IF YOU GO
WWE LIVE: ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA
Matches are set to include Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin, Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott for the Raw Women’s Championship, a fatal four way for the Intercontinental Championship pitting Dean Ambrose vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Apollo Crews, and Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Revival for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE Bert Ogden Arena, 4900 S. I-69C, Edinburg
COST Tickets start at $25 at bertogdenarena.com