Professional wrestling fans across India have been eagerly anticipating the return of WWE since CEO Nick Khan first hinted at the possibility of a live event last month. It is confirmed that WWE is bringing the ring back to India.
The event is slated for September 9, 2023, in the vibrant city of Hyderabad, according to recent reports from Sportskeeda. Although there remains clarity about the event's broadcasting plan, WWE enthusiasts can look forward to an adrenaline-fueled spectacle.
The event's scheduling — following closely on the heels of "WWE SmackDown" on September 8 — may somewhat limit the appearance of "SmackDown" stars unless the program is recorded in advance. Yet, the WWE has always excelled in surprising its audience so that nothing can be ruled out.
Initially, the event was supposed to take place earlier in 2023. Unfortunately, due to a merger involving WWE's television distributor in India, fans had to wait longer. The wait, however, seems worth it. Hyderabad, the host city, had been in contention from the beginning — a thriving metropolis offering a dynamic backdrop for what promises to be an electrifying show.
WWE's Global Live-Event Endeavor
This Indian event forms a part of WWE's aggressive international push. Their ambitious three-premium live-event run, encompassing BackLash, Night of Champions, and Money in the Bank, takes the wrestling behemoth to diverse corners of the globe.
This thrilling journey has already visited Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia, with a stop in London on the horizon in July for the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View Event. India has always been of particular significance to WWE, evident from their past attempts to cater to the Indian market, such as the WWE Championship reign of Jinder Mahal.
This strategy sought to establish a strong connection with Indian fans by promoting a wrestler of Indian origin. WWE's last Indian outing was in December 2017, where Mahal headlined the event against Triple H, marking the end of his reign as champion.
The upcoming WWE event in Hyderabad, thus, signals a renewed commitment to engaging with the Indian market, potentially marking the beginning of another thrilling chapter in WWE's storied relationship with India.