A new report has shed more light on potential plans by WWE to run a stadium show in the UK in 2022 with SummerSlam in Cardiff a distinct possibility.
Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT broke the news that the company is planning a major return to the UK with the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales the front runner to host the event.
It is also reported that nothing has been yet finalised in relation to the event happening in Wales’ capital and it is also noted that the company may look to run a stadium show in the UK that isn’t SummerSlam but the outlook is “very positive” for a major UK pay-per-view in 2022.
The report also states that the retractable roof on the Principality Stadium – which mainly plays host to international rugby and football fixtures – is an attractive feature to the company, which is understandable given the unpredictable British weather.
Former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is said to have been part of the meetings regarding the event that took place while the company was in the UK on a live event tour.
Now Dave Meltzer writing in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has discussed the proposals and says while a show in September could be a possibility, it is far from a done deal.
Meltzer also notes that there are other stadiums under consideration including Wembley in London which holds 90,000 fans and Old Trafford in Manchester which is the home to Manchester United and can hold 74,000 fans. It should be noted that Wembley is not the stadium that held the 1992 SummerSlam event after the old Wembley Stadium closed in 2000.
The report also adds that WWE is looking at holding more stadium shows after the success of Money In The Bank in Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas during the summer.
A UK stadium show was reportedly mooted for 2020 that would have been headlined by Drew McIntyre and boxing star Tyson Fury but the pandemic ended those plans.
The last time WWE held any sort of pay-per-view event in the UK was in June 2003 at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. On that occasion, ten thousand fans packed the arena to witness a main event that saw Triple H defeat Kevin Nash to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.