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I came across this. Could this just be to hype up the on sale Mania 30 tickets or an attempt to make UK fans by tickets for May tour or a legit tease for a Mania/UK PPV.

 

Make up your own minds, link below

 

http://rajah.com/node/37267

 

London hasn't bid for it. Cities have to actually approach WWE and bid for it these days. Mania is worth a lot of money to the local economy wherever it is held, and has to also offer something to WWE too (i.e. tax breaks on the revenue etc).

 

WWE have already got locations for WM31 & WM32 sewn up by the way, by all accounts. They're just not announcing them yet.

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But a UK PPV is possible. Not Mania but another PPV

 

Possible but fucking stupid. To hold it at a sensible time over here for people to actually attend and/or not break the venues curfew, they'd ever have to air it live in the States on the Sunday afternoon and risk losing buys to the football fans that would rather watch their team play than watch the wrestling, or air it on a delay where some people will read the spoilers and decide whether to buy it or not, which would result in a drop off compared to people who buy it to watch live.

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Possible but fucking stupid. To hold it at a sensible time over here for people to actually attend and/or not break the venues curfew, they'd ever have to air it live in the States on the Sunday afternoon and risk losing buys to the football fans that would rather watch their team play than watch the wrestling, or air it on a delay where some people will read the spoilers and decide whether to buy it or not, which would result in a drop off compared to people who buy it to watch live.

 

The Observer actually has a longish news item this week about there being some consideration of doing Summerslam in London next year. Meltzer argues it doesn't make sense to move from LA for summerslam. However he notes that PPV buy rates are so low if they can find the right main event and middle tier PPV event it is entirely conceivable they could make up the PPV reduction because of tape delay with the gate at Wembley or even the O2 priced right.

 

Incidentally it seems part of the reason WWE are thinking about it again is to drive the greatest possible value out of the UK TV deal renewal at the end of 2014 and you can see why packing a big stadium and doing media around that might help. Not sure whether BT would be interested at all but the theory presumably is extract maximum value from a weakened Sky.

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Would Over The Limit really draw enough to fill Wembley, or megabucks prices at the O2 though? WWE wouldn't want to blow a massive attraction match on a pre-taped or odd-timed ppv so it'd only be a B-level card. Bar massive creative attention and a 92-esque media campaign, Barrett and Regal mean nothing. Even if I spend weeks cutting out a wallchart from The Daily Star, those two aren't Davey Boy.

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The only way it might work would be if they ran a PPV other than Mania and somehow fill Wembley Stadium. They would then need to offset any lost revenue from lost buys by a huge gate (perhaps having a version of Axxess and other PPV week activities could help- try and get people from all over Europe). It really depends on how much their buyrate would be effected and what kind of gate they would get. This will never happen with Mania, even if it worked with another PPV for example.

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Would Over The Limit really draw enough to fill Wembley, or megabucks prices at the O2 though? WWE wouldn't want to blow a massive attraction match on a pre-taped or odd-timed ppv so it'd only be a B-level card.

 

I think the absolute best you could hope for would be Money in the Bank if there were any desire from the WWE to run a PPV here. I could see that attracting a premium in somewhere like the O2.

 

I don't think there's a chance of filling somewhere like Wembley outside of one of the big three (Survivor Series just doesn't count as a biggun any more, does it? - and Wembley in November isn't that toasty anyway).

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