WWE ‘plot UK return for SummerSlam 2022’ – 30 years after iconic Wembley show

WWE Summerslam could be on its way back to the UK in 2022 – some 30 years after the iconic event wowed London’s Wembley Stadium.

Vince McMahon’s sport entertainment powerhouse is renowned for its incredible mix of athleticism and theatrics, having performed all around the world for decades.

Fans in the UK are accustomed to their own share of that, with events regularly held on these shores with two tours a year taking place in most years.

It has been 30 years since one of WWE’s ‘big four’ annual shows have been staged here, though, with the 1992 instalment of SummerSlam held at the old Wembley Stadium.

Some 80,000 fans packed in underneath the twin towers to see The British Bulldog defeat brother-in-law Bret Hart for the Intercontinental title in an unforgettable main event.

Brits have clamoured ever since for a return of one of the big hitters to these shores, with WWE always coy about whether not it would ever happen.

In the interim, fans here were treated to some exclusive events of their own, with the likes of Insurrextion and Rebellion held in cities like London and Birmingham either side of the millennium.

The long wait for a major show may at last be coming to an end, however, thanks to a new report that suggests SummerSlam may well be heading back to the UK – with Cardiff’s mammoth Principality Stadium leading the way as a likely venue.

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TalkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy has revealed that plans are afoot to make it happen, with meetings reportedly held during the WWE tour here – which included a date in Cardiff – earlier this month.

The report said that “…hosting SummerSlam in the UK – on the 30th anniversary of the 1992 iteration – is in the works, but not at Wembley like most people would expect.

“Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is WWE’s front-runner to hold the event and they’ve been working on that venue for a number of months.

“It’s believed the retractable roof is an attractive feature. The venue can hold 74,500 people, but Anthony Joshua fought in front of 78,000 when he battled Carlos Takam back in 2017, a layout more closely linked to wrestling.

Fans were urged to keep excitement levels in check, though, with plans in the wrestling world so famously changing at the drop of a hat.

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“…Nothing is final right now,” McCarthy added: “It’s even possible that WWE will hold a stadium show in the UK that isn’t SummerSlam.

“Either way, plans for a WWE pay-per-view in the UK are looking ‘very positive’ after last week.

“It’s understood that WWE held meetings regarding the plans last week during their UK tour and Drew McIntyre was even a part of them.”

McIntyre would almost certainly be a huge part of any plans to stage a major show in the UK.

The Scot became the first British WWE Champion when he defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania in 2020 and has campaigned for years for the company to stage a marquee event here.

The small September tour, which also stopped at London, Glasgow and Newcastle, is set to be followed by an extensive return tour in November.

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