Hold onto your butts, suplex fans. It’s happening. It’s actually happening.
The WWE has today confirmed long-swirling rumours that they’ll be running a “massive” stadium show in Australia this coming October.
During today’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw, announcer Michael Cole made the announcement, asserting that the stadium show will be happening in October, but offering few details beyond that, promising that the finer details will be revealed in months to come.
Reports all-but-officially confirm that the show will be held at the mammoth Melbourne Cricket Ground, with the WWE hoping to attract a crowd of over 100,000 to the event, a figure which would shatter the company’s attendance record for an event held outside of North America, and would go close to breaking their claimed all-time highest attended event record, set in 2016 for WrestleMania 32.
The WWE last ran a stadium show in Australia back in 2002 with the Global Warning event at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. That show drew a crowd in excess of 56,000 people, all of whom witnessed a card headlined by a Triple Threat match between The Rock, Triple H, and a rookie Brock Lesnar for The Rock’s WWE Undisputed Championship (a card that also featured Kurt Angle face off against Test and Chris Jericho battle Edge).
Officials from Visit Victoria are known to have been in negotiation with the WWE for quite some time, and it’s understood that Melbourne beat out Sydney for the right to host the event.
Early reports suggest the WWE is chasing some big names to headline the show – including The Rock and recent WWE acquisition Ronda Rousey – which would likely wind up as a televised pay-per-view event beamed around the world on the company’s Netflix-style WWE Network streaming service.
It’s expected that the event will be held at the MCG in the weeks immediately following this year’s AFL Grand Final.
An official announcement from the wrestling behemoth is rumoured to be planned for the WrestleMania 34 broadcast on April 9th (AUS time).
Now then. Whose bronco do I have to bust in order to get a 25-minute Chad Gable vs Rusev barnburner on the card?
Book it, Vince.