The Tampa Bay Rays were not expected to have a good season. The 2016 team had problems with their pitching staff, failing to stop opposing batters and also not scoring nearly enough as expected.
The 2017 MLB All-Star game was played on July 11, and the Tampa Bay Rays had two of their own elected to the game. Though neither player had an impact on the American League’s 2-1 win in 10 innings, it shows the improvement the Rays have made this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will welcome the rest of the National Hockey League to Amalie Arena for the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend.
Brooksville native Bray Wyatt won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Feb. 12 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event in Phoenix, Ariz. It is his first World Championship, and it is likely that he will defend it at the WWE’s largest event, WrestleMania, in Orlando, Fla. on April 2.
Former Buccaneers great John Lynch missed out on election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, the third year that has happened.
A leader of some of the best defenses in NFL history, Lynch played a key role as an enforcer from his position at safety. His no nonsense play style helped lead the Bucs to a victory in Super Bowl 37 in 2003, the team’s only Super Bowl win.
Major League Soccer is seeking to expand their list of teams from 24 to 28 by 2020, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies have made it clear that they want to be one of those teams. With an aggressive bidding process, the Rowdies will be competing with nine other cities for a place in MLS.
The WWE is hosting their biggest event of the year, WrestleMania, in Orlando, Fla. on April 2 this year. This is the first WrestleMania in Florida since 2012 in Miami, and the second time in Orlando. Professional Wrestling has been a staple of Florida since well before then.
Amidst the crowds at the Gulf View Square Mall, every Tuesday and Thursday night a group of men and women meet to learn how to wrestle. The World Wrestling Network, a partnership of Professional Wrestling companies that perform around the country, established a training academy in New Port Richey where ambitious young men and women can learn how to safely wrestle and entertain audiences.