WWE hit London last night for the first time in a while ahead of filming both flagship programmes Monday Night Raw and SmackDown next week at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
The Thursday night show was the first leg of WWE's UK tour, which runs through until November 13 after taking in Scotland and Ireland as well.
Now the show was certainly not stacked with WWE talent like a TV show, but you wouldn't expect that with any house show, especially with WWE Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar not even appearing on Raw shows these days.
Cena's huge statement
But two of WWE's biggest superstars, John Cena and Seth Rollins, headlined the event, with the former WWE champion Cena revealing what he thinks the WWE should do with wrestling's biggest pay-per-view event, WrestleMania.
"You people in London are finally getting warmed up, which is fine coz you go out later at night," Cena said at the house show in London on Thursday night. "I said it last year at the 02 Arena and I'll say it again, you fans in London deserve the best. Let's bring Wrestlemania to London."
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Massive opportunity for WWE
Obviously Cena was playing to the crowd in London, but his comments still resonate with the truth. Liking the NFL's popularity abroad to that of the WWE, the NFL chose to play regular seasons games in other countries, and now the supporter demand abroad for WWE is so strong that bringing across WrestleMania is something that UK fans deserve. The move could also benefit WWE's popularity in Europe for generations to come.
Taking a big event like WrestleMania to London is not just taking something to the UK, it is essentially like exposing WrestleMania to Europe. Such is the pull and proximity of London to nearby countries in Europe, WWE would be able to really draw on its overseas fanbase and drill home for future generations to come that WWE is a product that is accessible to people of all ages and all nationalities.
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