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Eric Bischoff Comments On WWE Possibly Bringing WrestleMania To London

Speaking on the latest episode of his “83 Weeks” podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed WWE potentially bringing WrestleMania to London following John Cena’s shocking return and tease at last weekend’s WWE Money in the Bank 2023 pay-per-view event. He said,

“Well, if I was going to bet, I would bet we’re going to see one very soon, within five years. Have they announced the location for next year already? Philadelphia. So it would be at least two years. But yeah, I could see it. Absolutely see it.”

Discussing pay-per-views in foreign countries meaning alternate viewing hours for their American fanbase, which is still WWE’s core audience, Bischoff said,

“Yeah. You know, we’ve been so accustomed for decades now of pay-per-views being Sunday nights, right? 8:00 Eastern. And it’s always been a challenge to schedule that differently. It’s risky, right? But I think more and more we’re seeing that being on Sunday nights at eight o’clock is no longer mandatory. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of success Money in the Bank had being on at that time.”

Notably, reports have indicated that through the gradual obsolescence of traditional pay-per-view and now the transfer of the WWE Network to Peacock in the United States, alternate viewing hours for the American audience no longer poses a challenge for WWE.

Bischoff suggested that logistical issues still mean that it will likely take WWE considerable time and effort to bring WrestleMania to the United Kingdom, adding that the company should also focus on the short-term, bringing more marquee events to the country. He said,

“I guess if John Cena mentioned that the UK deserves or should get a WrestleMania, that’s one thing. I don’t know why they wouldn’t go over there with a different pay-per-view. Cause I think any one of the tentpole pay-per-views that WWE does — for example, the Rumble — could easily play in the UK, and it could be done sooner. I think announcing WrestleMania two years from now is, ‘Eh, it’s cool.’ But announcing Royal Rumble, doing it a little closer to the [show] would make sense”

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