2012 Summerslam PPV from Wales, UK?:
The latest status on the planned UK WWE stadium event is to hold next year’s Summerslam from Wales.
The company have been in talks with the Millennium Stadium in the city of Cardiff, which holds 75,000 fans (possibly more for a wrestling event with floor space).
The feeling is that although the recent UK tour has drawn lower than expected (often half the arena capacity), a strongly built mega-event pulling in fans from all across Europe could be a massive success. Right now SummerSlam is the strongest possibility, but they’ve also considered taking July’s Money in the Bank overseas.
Summerslam 1992 was WWE’s last major global PPV held in the UK. The enormous Stadium event drew a legit 80,355 fans and was headlined by the British Bulldog defeating Bret Hart for the Intercontinental title.
One of the main problems right now in holding a PPV in the UK is the time difference. The event would either have to be on tape delay for the US market, or held several hours earlier than regular PPVs.
British-Native Wade Barrett was all for the concept in a recent interview:
“[The Bulldog] was from just down the road from me, near Wigan. I’m from Preston, very close. He was my idol as a kid, so this was a great moment and great to have a pay-per-view like SummerSlam in the U.K. I hope we get that again one day.”
If SummerSlam is held in the UK, Los Angeles would then become the top pick for the location of WrestleMania 30.
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