WWE is finally coming up with a big show in the UK in 2022.
talkSPORT understands that hosting SummerSlam in the UK – the 30th anniversary of the 1992 rerun – is in the works, but not at Wembley as most would expect.
Bret Hart and the British Bulldogs in the main event of SummerSlam 1992
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff is WWE’s favorite to host the event and they have been working on the venue for several months.
Admittedly, the retractable roof is an attractive feature. The venue seats 74,500, but Anthony Joshua fought in 2017 in front of 78,000, facing Carlos Takam, a layout more closely related to wrestling.
Sources tell talkSPORT that while this is WWE’s favorite venue, nothing is final at the moment. It is also possible that WWE is holding a stadium show in the UK that is not SummerSlam.
Regardless, plans for the WWE UK pay-per-view look “very positive” after last week.
Originally known as Millennium Stadium, it was renamed Stade de la Principote in 2016
WWE is understood to have held meetings about the plans during their UK tour last week and Drew McIntyre was one of them.
WWE has not hosted a UK stadium show since SummerSlam 1992 when Bret Hart and the British Bulldogs competed in the main event.
Sean Ross Sapp has previously reported that WWE is planning “eight nights of stadium shows” in 2022.
No one campaigned for WWE UK pay-per-view more than Drew McIntyre
While that doesn’t mean there will be eight separate shows — WrestleMania 38 is again set to run for two nights — it does mean that there’s room outside the Big Four, including five at Allegiant Stadium, including Money in the Bank. Huh.
WWE has just toured the UK for four dates and will return for more dates in November. NXT UK filmed their last recordings during SummerSlam week in August and is set to produce their next batch in early October.
Ilja Dragunov wins the NXT UK title at NXT Takeover 36
BT Sport is pushing to become the permanent home of NXT UK with the idea of welcoming fans back.
talkSPORT understands that these talks are ongoing and BT Sport is confident they will have fans in their studio for the recording, but the “logistics” are still being worked out. Naturally, with only two weeks until the next recording, it may be too early for fans to part.
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