Since returning to the WWE in 2017, the two-time WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has been on a mission to have the U.K host another WWE PPV. The self proclaimed, "Scottish Psychopath," has been very vocal on his goal and putting immense pressure on the WWE. Pressure that had amounted to what appeared to be success until the Covid 19 Global Pandemic struck. As it turns out McIntyre was already in the U.K. preparing and animatedly promoting the WWE when the European travel ban went into action causing McIntyre to head back to the States.
Upon his incredibly successful WWE return and into NXT 2017 and his return to the main roster in 2018, Drew McIntyre has been nearly unstoppable. Impressively surpassing his prior successes with the WWE, the current champion implores the WWE to keep their sights on a WWE U.K. PPV after restrictions are lifted and with safety in mind. Unlike in the U.S., the U.K. barely receives a handful of WWE shows per year prior to the pandemic. None of which were major PPVs.
After doing some research, it seems that the last major PPV to be hosted in the U.K. was in fact Summerslam 1992. Summerslam being among the flagship PPVs of the WWE accompanied by the Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and Wrestlemania. Summerslam 1992 at Wembley Stadium featured two main events. The last of the night being The British Bulldog who defeated Bret Hart for the coveted Intercontinental Championship. A match highly praised to this day. In attendance were a reported 80,000+.
Drew McIntyre firmly believes that that caliber is still alive and well in the U.K. He is adamant that the U.K. is way overdue for another WWE PPV. The WWE Champion feels confident when he says the crowds will come. The energy will blow the roof off the stadiums and the proverbial atmosphere will be electric. McIntyre hasn't let up the pressure and wholeheartedly believes it will pay off. Representing his heritage with pride, he wants to bring that same pride back to the U.K from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England.
Now if you honestly take a minute to put all this into perspective. It has been almost thirty years since Summerslam 1992. A lot has changed since 1992. Quite a few WWE Superstars were still in infancy or not even born yet. Ric Flair, Randy Savage, and Bret Hart all had WWE Championship title runs in 1992. Vince McMahon was on commentary in 1992. The Women's title would be won by Alundra Blayze in 1993. Summerslam 1992 brought in more than $3.5 million in revenue as well as the somewhat contested fourth largest draw in attendance. Which furthers McIntyre's points of long overdue. I think it's an understatement to say that the landscape of the wrestling business and the world as a whole were a completely different view in 1992 and definitely long overdue.
In this regard, I think it's safe to add with sentiment that as U.S. fans, we are indeed spoiled and should appreciate more and hate less. With WWE Superstars (pandemic not withstanding) wrestling 300+ days a year, it makes sense to share that experience with other WWE fans world-wide preventing further oversaturation. As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 approaches, I sincerely hope we'll see a decline in Covid 19 cases as well as better safety measures allowing WWE fans world-wide the experience the energy of a live WWE PPV. An unforgettable experience that irrevocably inspired thousands of future Superstars. As many of us fell in love with Pro Wrestling as children and dared to go after it as adults. To realize that dream and bring it home. Not unlike the reinvented and current reigning WWE Champion "The Scottish Psychopath" Drew McIntyre…
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