Following the success of Clash At The Castle, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque seemed to indicate international stadium events becoming a regular fixture on the WWE calendar!
There’s no denying the success of WWE Clash At The Castle. 62,000+ fans provided an atmosphere like nothing else for the card, proving why they’ve been so deserving of a major WWE event for so long. It took 30 years, after SummerSlam 1992, for the company to return with a card of this magnitude – but it doesn’t look like we’ll have to that long for the next.
Speaking during the post-show press conference, WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent Relations explained to the National UAE’s Evelyn Lau how difficult it is for WWE to not return for future stadium shows outwith North America:
“As far as the events go, when you put 62,000 fans going crazy like you had tonight in a stadium like this, it’s hard not to want to do it again. And it’s hard not to want to do it in a lot of different places that I think we will get this same type of reaction to, so there are a lot of markets in the world, there are a lot of stadiums in the world, there are a lot of places.
That’s the one thing about WWE, there is not a place on this planet, and I’ve been to most, [if not] all of them, I’ve been fortunate enough to, in my career, to go to all of them, there’s not a place on this planet that doesn’t know WWE, that WWE Superstars don’t go there and have fans all over them, and giving us this type of reaction. That is amazing.
We want to go see those fans, we want to get in front of them, we want to be in stadiums all around the globe doing this kind of event, and tonight was step one in that process, and I think you’ll see and hear a lot of announcements over the next few years that’ll be very exciting for everybody, and hopefully all of you have your passports and stuff, and can visit us there as well.”
Triple H elaborated on this, honing in on the future of the Clash At The Castle name, in particular. Replying to Cultaholic Wrestling’s Tom Campbell, ‘The Game’ jokingly explained how difficult it would be to use the name in a city without an actual castle, though was keen to seemingly confirm WWE’s intention of expanding their premium live event market:
“Yeah, there’s not that many places in the world that have castles. It’s a bit limiting in that. But ‘Clash of a lot of the different places’ works. Not saying that’s exactly what it’s gonna be, but when you talk about the IP [intellectual property] of where we want to go with it, that’s certainly a possibility. But as you see, as we’ve done with Crown Jewel, different events, there’s opportunities to do that. I think there’s opportunities to do that, as I said earlier, all over the globe.
Pick a country, there’s a desire for it [a major WWE show}, it’s just us figuring out the right cadence and the right order to make this work in the biggest way possible but like I said, when you get reactions like you have here tonight, you want to go to markets all over the world and get that same reaction, and that’s what we’re intending to do.”
The success of Clash At The Castle was noted before the day of the event itself, with the vast majority of tickets having been sold, and the ticket pre-sales for the show breaking records that had been set by previous WrestleManias.
In the main event, Roman Reigns shockingly retained the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre, albeit via assistance from a debuting Solo Sikoa. Austin Theory also tried to intervene, though was swiftly knocked to the ground by Tyson Fury.