When Jim Ross speaks, the WWE Universe listens, and many WWE fans in the UK will be excited with what he has said recently.
According to the Huffington Post, the legendary WWE commentator said he thinks WrestleMania could one day be hosted in the United Kingdom, having no doubt that the company would have any problems with enough fans attending.
He said: "I think the chances increase every year that this will happen. There's no doubt that the WWE WrestleMania event could sell out any stadium in the country.
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"I'm not saying that in an egocentric way, that is my opinion. They did it before with Summerslam years ago and as Gorilla Monsoon would say, the fans were hanging from the rafters!
"I would say, merely as speculation and knowing how important the UK is to WWE for their global picture, I am beginning to believe that there is a greater chance than before it is going to happen."
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The main hurdle in the past for the UK hosting WWE pay-per-views (PPV) was the time difference. PPV providers in North America wanted the event to start at 7pm Eastern Time to fit US viewership, but now the WWE has their own network, they can control their own broadcasting time, making it more possible for the UK and other countries to host events when it wasn't in the past.
The company has already acknowledged in the past year how important UK fans are to them, by allowing the country to host an NXT TakeOver event in December last year, which was a great success. The achievement of this event has metaphorically opened the door for the UK to host a WrestleMania or another WWE PPV event in the future.
A stadium like Wembley or Old Trafford should have no problem hosting and selling out a WrestleMania, because not only would UK fans attend the event, but Europeans as well. The appeal of WrestleMania itself, the biggest show of the WWE calendar year, would be enough to sell out as well.
If the UK did host a WrestleMania, it would host the Hall of Fame Ceremony event the night before as well, which would be a perfect occasion for former British WWE superstars to be inducted. Ross has said he would love to see William Regal and the British Bulldogs inducted into the Hall one day.
"I have always been impressed with guys like William Regal and the British Bulldogs. I think the Bulldogs - the late Davey Boy Smith and Tommy Billington AKA the Dynamite Kid - are long overdue to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
"That's just my opinion. They were a great team and brought acclaim to their homeland and were way ahead of their time in terms of their in-ring styles.
"I don't think anyone would argue the fact that they are a Hall of Fame worthy team. It's just unfortunate that Davey is no longer with us and Dynamite has had his share of health problems which would prevent him from coming to the States for any ceremony. I would like to see those guys honoured at some point - I think it would be great."
It almost a guarantee the WWE will break their 32-year tradition of hosting WrestleMania within the United States and Canada eventually for somewhere like the UK. It's just a matter of when not if.
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