Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
Phoenix, entertainment and good times await. Here's how to spend your off-time this week.
WWE Monday Night RAW @ US Airways Center
It's only been eight days since SummerSlam, the WWE's marquee dog-days pay-per-view showdown, but the fed'll be shifting gears from the event's aftermath to ramping up for September's Night of Champions. Monday Night RAW will be a test of which grapplers can extend their SummerSlam heat.
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The usual suspects of the WWE's top tier like John Cena, CM Punk, and Alberto Del Rio will be in the house, but one of the more intriguing undercard figures might be Rob Van Dam whose recent return after a six-year absence led to a shot at the US championship belt. Rampaging cultists the Wyatt Family and the always-meddling McMahons will be on hand to stir up the chaos as well.
WWE's Monday Night RAW rattles the US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, starting at 4:30 p.m. August 26. Tickets range from $20 to $95. Visit www.usairwayscenter.com for more information. -- Jose Gonzalez
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres @ Chase Field
The Arizona Diamondbacks spent nearly all of first half of this season sitting comfortably atop the NL West, and a playoff spot seemed all but assured. Then July happened. There are plenty of explanations for the Diamondbacks' collapse, but perhaps the biggest problem might have been an inability to beat mediocre teams. Perhaps no team exposed this weakness more than the San Diego Padres. The Padres are barely out of the cellar, but they've taken 8 of 12 from the Diamondbacks this year; those 8 games would have been more than enough to have the D-Backs in the thick of the pennant race.F
The D-Backs can't get back into the playoff race (barring a miracle) but they can gain some small measure of revenge when they host San Diego this week at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street. Tuesday, August 27's game will start at 6:40 p.m. Tickets start at $5. Visit www.azdbacks.com or call 602-462-6500. -- Ed Kummerer