WWE fans worldwide were abuzz with excitement when John Cena unexpectedly emerged in the ring during WWE Money in the Bank, fueling speculation of a potential WrestleMania event in London for the very first time. Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer recently addressed this tantalizing tease in the latest edition of the "Wrestling Observer Newsletter," shedding light on the strategic reasons behind it.
According to Meltzer, the motivation behind WWE's mention of London stems partly from All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) planned event at Wembley Stadium. WWE intends to counter AEW's presence by hosting two sold-out shows at Wembley, shattering all-time gate records and further solidifying their dominance in the industry.
However, Meltzer argues that WWE's aspirations extend beyond mere gate receipts.
London's Tourist Appeal: WWE Seeks City Investment
Unlike other cities, London holds the distinction of being the top tourist destination in Europe, drawing a constant influx of visitors.
Consequently, WWE believes the city should not have to pay for their presence, as London already benefits from a steady stream of tourists. Meltzer highlights WWE's desire for the city to invest in their event, akin to how the UFC currently negotiates hosting deals—focusing not just on gate revenue but on securing substantial financial incentives.
London's incredible audience and capacity to generate a significant gate make it an appealing location for WrestleMania. By hinting at the possibility of bringing the marquee event to London, WWE is effectively leveraging this prospect to encourage the city to financially support their endeavor.
It becomes a strategic game, using the allure of WrestleMania to demonstrate the potential economic benefits the event could bring. It is worth noting that WWE has already secured the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for WrestleMania 40, scheduled for April of next year as a two-night extravaganza.
Although not officially confirmed, there have been reports indicating WWE's verbal commitment to hold WrestleMania 43 in 2027 at the new stadium of the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. As WWE continues to expand its global reach and seek new horizons, the tantalizing prospect of a London-based WrestleMania represents a strategic move to captivate international audiences and attract financial support from cities eager to host the most spectacular event in sports entertainment.
Only time will tell if London will have the honor of hosting WrestleMania, but the tease has undeniably set the wrestling world abuzz with excitement and anticipation.