Is WrestleMania Finally Coming To The UK?

Is WrestleMania Finally Coming To The UK?

Triple Assassin Hunter Cerebral Game Helmsley Levesque The Paul Herst Of Kings, as I believe he is now known as, has been a fore-runner in WWE’s global expansion.

But since the last Insurrextion pay-per-view in the UK in 2003, talk of a main WWE PPV coming to the UK has been relatively muted.

However, this could soon change, as Triple H revealed in a recent interview with Sky Sports. During the interview, which took place before the Greatest Royal Rumble in the beautiful and progressive city of Jeddah, Triple Levesque spoke about the future of a possible UK PPV.

“It [the GRR] was an open opportunity for all of the markets outside of the United States,” he said.

“Obviously the time frame of when we run things in the US doesn’t work for a lot of markets and this gives us a chance to look at things in their time frames.

“That’s especially the case in the UK, where the desire is very high. We’ve attempted things there in the past and as technology improves and we can get things down to doing them in a reasonable manner and at a reasonable cost, is really what it’s all about.

“It’s definitely something we’re looking towards but when people say ‘just do it’ – we do 560 live events a year, we do an average of 9-10 live events a week and they’re planned out a year, sometimes longer, in advance.

“One change dramatically affects the entire puzzle so it’s a process we’re going through. But we will get there. For everybody that’s waiting it seems to be forever but we will get there, I promise.”

But as pointed out by UK tabloid newspaper, The Sun, there are two main hurdles that WWE will have to overcome for this to happen. These are: the time difference*, and the NFL season. However, Mr Assassin believes both can be overcome.

“There are a lot of aspects to it,” Triple H said.

“It’s about getting the right people in the right places to be able to put on a strong event with a good caliber and for it to be meaningful to the rest of the globe. To be able to do it in a cost-effective way in a business sense, having the infrastructure to do it internationally, these are all factors which come into consideration.

“There are a lot of balls in the air and it’s just a matter of organizing them. You’re trying to do all of that while running pay-per-views, live television and everything else we do. It’s not a matter of if we can overcome those obstacles but when we can, and getting them all lined up.”

But what about the big one, WrestleMania. Is there a chance the UK could finally get the event the fans have been yearning for so long? Short answer: not any time soon. But there’s always hope!
“If you’re going to set an ambition, set it high,” he said.

“As we always say, never say never. WrestleMania is a week-long series of events and the logistics of executing that week along with the week leading into it and the week after it are extraordinarily difficult in our own back yard.
“Doing them internationally with international crews and international support systems and everything else is a factor of difficulty way beyond what we have in the US.

“Can we get there? Sure, maybe over time. We would take steps in that direction and those steps are probably other pay-per-views. From my point of view, I’d like to bring other meaningful events through WWE, whether that’s NXT or the United Kingdom championships, taking international brands and putting them on in those markets.

“As the world becomes smaller and more technologically advanced, it becomes easier to do these things live from different places. From my end, that’s what I’m working towards.”

*Side note: we in the UK have to stay up until 5 AM most PPV nights, so stop with your moaning.

5 years ago by Andy Datson


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