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By Mike Johnson on 2018-12-03 11:00:00

It was announced today that one of the longest running old school wrestling venues dating back to the 1970s, The Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, will be undergoing a name change.  The venue will be renamed the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center. Nesheiwat, founder and CEO of Gas Land Petroleum, purchased the naming rights for the civic center.  

“I have always thought it was important to give back to the community,” Nesheiwat said in a press release. “…As a teenager, my first thrilling experience in life was at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, when I went to watch a live wrestling match…I love this community and I feel like it is only right to give back, especially after all it has given me.”

A number of historic events in professional wrestling history have taken place in the venue, including the WWF debut of Miss Elizabeth, ECW's Hardcore Heaven 1999 PPV, The Wrestling Album's "Land of A Thousand Dances" music video,  Razor Ramon's first WWF Intercontinental Championship win, the infamous angle where Andre the Giant was attacked and had his hair cut by Ken Patera and Big John Studd, the first-ever House of Hardcore event, what may have been the final Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler match promoted by Northeast Wrestling, Paul Orndorff's turn on Hulk Hogan and many, many other moments.

WWF taped a lot of TV in the venue over the years, including many of the classic angles that led to the first Wrestlemania event as well as live episodes of Monday Night Raw.

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