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Tampa natives return to wrestle at ‘WWE Battleground’

When World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) invades Tampa for a live broadcast of its pay-per-view event “WWE Battleground” on Sunday, it will be homecoming for a number of its performers.

Three wrestlers participating have roots in the Tampa Bay area, another four are from Florida and others live or own homes in the immediate area.

Wrestlers Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas are real-life brothers Taylor and Windham Rotunda, graduates of Hernando High School.

Tampa native Ettore Ewen, now known as Big E, graduated from Tampa’s Wharton High School.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and Chris Jericho (real name Chris Irvine) are among those who own homes in the Tampa Bay area, though the WWE could not confirm whether this is their primary residence.

“Most of the Superstars and Divas currently live in Tampa,” a WWE spokesperson said via email.

“Divas” is the name for WWE’s female performers.

The WWE also said that wrestlers Roman Reigns, Alicia Fox and WWE Tag Team Champions Jimmy and Jey Uso are Florida natives.

The Uso brothers and Reigns are also cousins of wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who lived in Tampa off and on during his childhood.

The wrestling card for WWE Battleground is:

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

The Usos Brothers vs. The Wyatt Family for the WWE Tag Team Championship

AJ Lee vs. Paige for the WWE Divas Championship

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho

A 22-man Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship. In this match, a wrestler is eliminated when he is thrown over the top rope and the last man standing wins. Tampa Bay’s Big E and Bo Dallas will be a part of this match.

John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

And though he is no longer a performer, there is always the possibility that Hulk Hogan, who lives here and owns Hogan’s Beach restaurant on the Courtney Campbell Parkway, could drop in for the Battleground fun.

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