|WWE in India|
|Created by||Vince McMahon|
|First event||1996 tour|
WWE, an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut in the United States has been promoting events in India since 1996 when they were the World Wrestling Federation.
WWE first toured the country in 1996. The next time WWE came to India was in November 2002, visiting New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The company returned to New Delhi in January 2016 for the two days event what was the first WWE event in India in 13 years. On 9 December 2017, a house show titled WWE Live India Supershow was held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
In January 2019, Triple H stated that the WWE will eventually open a performance center in India. Two months later, the first ever WWE tryouts in India were held, in which approximately 60 men and 20 women were shortlisted.
Beginning in 2019, an Indian edition of WWE Now, hosted in Hindi by Gaelyn Mendonca, was launched on WWE's YouTube channel and other social media platforms.
On 9 January 2021, the official Instagram account for the WWE in India announced a new event named WWE Superstar Spectacle, which would air on Indian Republic Day on the Sony Sports Network. Days later, on 12 January, it was further revealed that the event would be taped from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida.
A number of WWE superstars have also visited India as part of promotional tours.
|Alberto Del Rio||2016|
|Kofi Kingston and Big E||2017|
|The New Day, Kavita Devi, Jeet Rama, Saurav Gurjar, Rinku Singh and Jinny||2019|
|2 February 1996||WWF Tour of India||Andheri Sports Complex||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Bret Hart vs. Tatanka for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship|
|22 November 2002||WWE Raw Tour of India||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium||New Delhi||Kane vs. Test|
|23 November 2002||MMRDA Grounds||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Chris Jericho & Christian vs. Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy|
|24 November 2002||Palace Grounds||Bangalore, Karnataka||Kane vs. Chris Jericho|
|15 January 2016||WWE Live Tour India 2016||Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium||New Delhi||Roman Reigns vs. Big Show|
|16 January 2016||Roman Reigns vs. Rusev|
|9 December 2017||WWE Live India Supershow||Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal|
WWE have produced several television series for their Indian audience over the years. Since 27 February 2018, they have aired live telecasts of Raw and SmackDown in Hindi.
On 7 May 2007, a new WWE show for children named WWE 24X7 premiered on Jetix in India, which shown matches from their archives.
WWE started airing taped shows on Ten Sports in January 2015. Through this deal, an exclusive localised Raw recap show was made for the Indian market. The localised Raw show would later be announced as Raw Sunday Dhamaal, a short-lived show which was replaced by WWE Sunday Dhamaal. The show was perceived well with audiences, gaining an 'upward swing' of viewers after it had launched.
From 2015 to 2017, a recap show produced by the WWE named Action Mania, aired on Zee Cinema in Hindi exclusively in India.
In 2020 Sony Pictures launched two Studio shows Blockbusters and Dhamaal League.
Several WWE superstars made special appearances in various shows during their promotional tour in India. Kofi Kingston and Big E appeared on the 10 May 2017 episode of Extraaa Innings T20. Months later, in October 2017, Jinder Mahal appeared in an episode of Sony SAB's sitcom Sajan Re Phir Jhooth Mat Bolo. In 2018, Matt Hardy made a special appearance in singing reality show Indian Idol.
An episode of Sunday Night Heat was criticized for a segment featuring Kurt Angle and Tiger Ali Singh in which Angle blew his nose in the Indian national flag. On 15 January 2016, days before the WWE arrived in India for their house show events in 2016, a group named Aadvanshi Veer Sena threatened to protest against the company's tour unless they apologised for Angle's incident. Five days after their claims to protest if an apology was not given, WWE International's Executive Vice President, Gerrit Meier, apologised for the incident, saying: "This case is about 20-years-ago and we did not deliberately do that. We have a great respect for the country. We are sorry that it happened, but we had no intention of doing it. India is a reputable country and we apologise for this… We are extremely pleased that India is hosting the live events again. There are good number of fans and I am confident that they will enjoy it all. Nearly 14 years later, we are once again on the ground of India will play a WWE match."
Kingston, who along with the rest of The New Day was in Mumbai to support India’s first-ever WWE Tryouts, said that a lot has changed since the time he first came into the WWE.
Five-time WWE tag team champions 'The New Day' along with local NXT talents like Kavita Devi, Jeet Rama, Saurav Gurjar, Rinku Singh and Jinny Sadhu were also in Mumbai for the event.
WWE Sunday Dhamaal replaces Raw Sunday Dhamaal.
Sunday Dhamal is no exception. Ever since it was launched, its viewership has seen an upward swing.
During his one-day Mumbai visit, Jinder shot for a guest appearance in the TV show 'Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo'.
Nearly 17 years ago, on March 7, 1999 to be precise, former wrestler Kurt Angle made his debut on Saturday Night Heat and blew his nose on the Indian national flag.
While the fans are enthralled to watch their favorite heroes in reality for the first time, the Indian political scenario does not seem to be excited. A Hindu group, Aadvanshi Veer Sena has claimed to protest against their arrival in India.
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