With WrestleMania 34 being the highest-grossing entertainment event in Superdome history, bids for future WrestleManias already being placed and the company’s commitment to expanding the product to do big events overseas, it makes sense that the United Kingdom would be a choice spot for WWE’s biggest show.
Back in April the Daily Star reported 2020’s WrestleMania 36 in Wembley Stadium as a done deal, but it’s just rumor as of now. Triple H addressed this in a recent interview with Sky Sports, neither confirming nor denying it.
Here’s what Haitch Haitch Haitch had to say:
“[The Greatest Royal Rumble] was an open opportunity for all of the markets outside of the United States. 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.”
And as for Mania specifically …
“If you’re going to set an ambition, set it high. 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.”
Let’s get over there as soon as possible, if only to get the British Bulldogs and William Regal into the WWE Hall of Fame. What do you say?