Fresh off the back of successful international events in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, WWE could soon be heading on the road yet again.
As reported by Wrestle Votes, WWE are considering an “international live event” in early 2023, shortly before the Royal Rumble on January 28th in San Antonio, Texas. The location of the event, and whether or not it will be televised remain unclear.
WWE Making International Plans
“I’m told there was chatter last night backstage at RAW of an “international live event” taking place on Wed January 18th or Thurs Jan 19th. With location still TBD. No word on if this event is for TV or not.”
I’m told there was chatter last night backstage at RAW of an “international live event” taking place on Wed January 18th or Thurs Jan 19th. With location still TBD. No word on if this event is for TV or not.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) November 15, 2022
In 2022, WWE have held three Premium Live Events overseas, all of which have been deemed a success. The first was Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia in February, which was followed by Clash At The Castle in September. The latter was the first stadium show held in the United Kingdom since SummerSlam 1992. At the time the event set numerous records for an international event while earning a gate worth $8 million.
In recent weeks WWE hosted Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, and this became the most-watched international event in WWE history.
Aside from these larger events the company has hosted a number of international tours throughout the year which has seen shows take place across the United Kingdom and mainland Europe as recently as October. The company also famously hosted a special live event-turned WWE Network special from Tokyo, Japan in 2015 known as The Beast In The East. The show was originally intended to be an untelevised live event, but this plan was later changed.
On that occasion Brock Lesnar defeated Kofi Kingston in the main event, while Finn Balor overcame Kevin Owens to win the NXT Championship. It is unclear whether a proposed event in January 2023, could follow a similar format.