After a 13 year hiatus, the best and the biggest action-packed entertainment event, WWE LIVE, will make its ways back to India with two live events in early 2016.
The World Wrestling Entertainment will be in New Delhi on January 15 and another event is slated for January 16 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
The WWE last held a three-city live event tour in the country in 2002 headlined bu Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Gold Dust, and Triple H.
Next year however, superstars like John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro and Ryback are likely to participate in the event.
Quoting on the popularity and the decision to host the event in India, Gerrit Meier, WWE International President, says, “The popularity of WWE has grown over the past few years and after cricket, it is among most watched sports in the country. For us, India is among the top three international markets along with the UK and Australia. Our largest fan base on social media comes from India. So it is logical that we want to expand the scope of engagement through live events.”
According to Meier, about 40 per cent of WWE’s international revenues come from UK, Australia and India.
Fans were left panting for more when WWE premiered a brief teaser about the upcoming event.
In fact, WWE superstar Daniel Bryan personally made the announcement by paying a brief visit to the country. He tweeted on November 3, “Got flowers and more upon my arrival in India. We’re making a big announcement for #WWEIndia tomorrow! ”.
Fans across the city thronged The Great India Place Mall in Noida to catch a glimpse of the superstar who also launched the official WWE Merchandise Range in Central Stores. During his press conference, Daniel also hinted that he is trying hard to get into the ring again and enthrall his fans by making it to Wrestlemania.
Speculations are rife that local superstar The Great Khali might participate in the event, too.
On being asked about it during Daniel’s press conference, Rajesh Sethi, the representative of Ten Sports, the channel partner of WWE quickly dodged the question and began talking about The Big Show and his gigantic figure instead. Only time will tell whether The Great Khali will participate or not. If yes, it will definitely add a local flavor to the event.
Meanwhile, fans can book their tickets at bookmyshow.com prices for which starts from Rs. 2499.