With the announcement that the NXT show in London, England in December 2015 will be shown live on the WWE Network, it could give rise to more cheer for British wrestling fans with the chance of the UK getting a WWE PPV once again.
WWE hasn’t hosted a UK Pay Per View since Insurrection in 2003, which was a UK-only PPV on Sky Box Office until the launch of the WWE Network in 2014 allowed non-UK fans to see it on demand.
Since then, WWE’s trips to the UK have been confined to house show tours and Raw & Smackdown TV tapings both in April and November, however, with NXT TakeOver: London looking to be the first WWE Special broadcast in the UK since 2002 this could be about to change.
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Now, I wouldn’t be anticipating the next WrestleMania being held at Wembley Stadium like Summerslam 1992 but WWE may well give the UK fans a similar type of show to the Beast in the East special from the Tokyo Dome in July 2015.
With WWE launching the network and relying less on PPV it gives them more freedom to broadcast specials whenever they wish rather than set to a standard primetime slot on PPV.
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This was piloted with the Beast in the East special in July and despite the show being broadcast early-morning in North America, the show apparently did impressive viewing numbers.
Should NXT Takeover London pull in a sizable viewership on the Network it may make the WWE consider running a main roster PPV in the UK.
It may even run a weekend of shows similar to it’s recent run in the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY with NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, Summerslam and Raw the night after being broadcast in the same arena.
With the UK tours always doing good in-house numbers and always having a rowdy crowd, the WWE can rely on fans buying tickets to any live special in their droves and giving atmospheres similar to the night after WrestleMania editions of Monday Night Raw.
And let’s be honest, us UK wrestling fans have stayed up till 4am to watch WWE live for too long without anything significant coming our way in return, I think we deserve it.
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