WWE has made a triumphant return to touring in the UK – and they’re back again with a blockbuster line-up of shows this November.
Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment giant was forced to spend much of the last couple of years performing to empty arenas due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wrestlemania 2020 was held at the Orlando Performance Center, Florida. Live fans only made a permanent return from the States in July this year.
WWE returned to the UK after many tours and years of being absent from these shores due to travel restrictions.
Last night was also a big party in London. Thousands crowded into the O2 arena last night to witness their SmackDown roster.
The show was headlined by Becky Lynch’s successful defence of her Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair.
Kevin Owens defeated Baron Corbin during a show with raucous guests such as Seth Rollins (The Street Profits), Dolph Ziggler, and Seth Rollins.
Even the UK’s own Drew McIntyre was drafted in from Monday Night Raw to help give the show a big-night feel.
Neither WWE Universal Champ Roman Reigns nor WWE Champion Big E were in attendance – they appeared on the live showing of Raw in the States later that night instead – but their absence wasn’t enough to dampen the mood.
Fans in London lapped up the chance to see their favourites up close and personal once again, with leading UK wrestling journalist Alex McCarthy hailing the night as a “special” occasion.
McCarthy, who heads up talkSPORT’s grappling coverage, explained to the Daily Star: “There was a palpable energy felt around the O2.
“Wrestling fans always have that camaraderie at shows, but it was different last night and WWE performed like they knew it.
“I can’t remember the last time I saw the O2 that full for a wrestling show.
“Seeing guys like Drew McIntyre rushing around backstage on the way to our seats and the enthusiasm of a veteran like Trent Seven watching as a fan, it was a special atmosphere that got the great show it deserved.”
The good news for UK fans with a renewed thirst for WWE is that the company and its huge roster of stars are back here in just a couple of months – and this time they’re hitting even more cities.
The winter tour will begin on 3 November and include Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham (London), Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, and Liverpool.
Tickets are due to go on sale shortly. You can find more information at wwe.com.
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