All Access reveals the surprising inspiration behind the enormous WrestleMania ring façade.
Produced by WWE, the 33rd annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event took place on April 2 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. Once again, All Access provided custom set pieces, including the 80’ by 80’ ring façade, which the team installed on top of the 140’ tall roof structure, as well as the entertainer entry tunnel.
All Access president Erik Eastland, the lead on the WrestleMania 33 build, found a surprising inspiration for the construction of the LED neon ring ropes on the over-sized scenic roof structure: the huge spider legs featured on David Bowie’s 1987 Glass Spider Tour set, a throwback to Eastland’s Showlites days. Eastland chose to use 12” clear PVC ducting to surround the light strands — much like Bowie’s spider legs — which the All Access team lightly painted white to diffuse the light, giving it a glowing effect.
All Access also provided the huge corner pads featured on the scenic roof structure, which measured 5’ wide by 5’ deep by 4’ tall. Additionally, the team provided custom curved video support structures for the entry tunnel “trumpet,” where the WWE Superstars entered the stadium.
- Jason Robinson, production designer
- Jeremy Shand, production manager