WWE in the United Kingdom
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Created byVince McMahon
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
NXT
NXT UK

WWE (formerly World Wrestling Federation and World Wrestling Entertainment), an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut in the United States owned by the McMahon family, has been promoting events in the United Kingdom (UK) since 1989. From 1989 to 2001 WWE was promoted under concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith and his brother Martin Goldsmith for UK and European shows.

International broadcasts from the UK

Pay-per-views

Over the years, World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment has run several broadcast events based in the UK. In 1989, the WWF held their First WWF UK event, which aired exclusively in the UK.[1] From 1991 to 1993 similar UK exclusive broadcasts known as UK Rampage.[2][3][4] In 1991 the WWF filmed the supercard event Battle Royal at the Albert Hall, in London.[5]

SummerSlam 1992 was the first WWE pay-per-view broadcast from the UK on August 29 (aired August 31).[6] In 1997 they returned to the UK with WWF One Night Only.[7] In 1998 the WWF returned to the UK for WWF Mayhem in Manchester and WWF Capital Carnage, which aired exclusively in the UK.[8] The following year they returned with No Mercy.[9] From 1999 to 2002 they ran a fall pay-per-view from the UK known as WWE Rebellion.[10][11][12][13] In addition from 2000 to 2003 they ran a spring pay-per-view from the UK known as WWE Insurrextion.[14][15][16][17]

Date Name Brand Venue City Main event
10 October 1989 First WWF UK Event (1989) London Arena London, England Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
24 April 1991 UK Rampage (1991) London Arena London, England Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
3 October 1991 Battle Royal at the Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall London, England 20-man battle royal
19 April 1992 UK Rampage (1992) Sheffield Arena Sheffield, England The British Bulldog vs. Irwin R. Schyster
29 August 1992
Aired 31 August 1992
SummerSlam (1992) Wembley Stadium London, England Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
11 April 1993 UK Rampage (1993) Sheffield Arena Sheffield, England Lex Luger vs. Jim Duggan
20 September 1997 One Night Only NEC Arena Birmingham, England The British Bulldog (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF European Championship
4 April 1998 Mayhem in Manchester NYNEX Arena Manchester, England Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Triple H for the WWF Championship
The Undertaker vs. Kane
6 December 1998 Capital Carnage London Arena London, England Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane vs. Mankind vs. The Undertaker in a Fatal 4-Way match
16 May 1999 No Mercy Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Triple H vs. The Undertaker Anything Goes Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship
2 October 1999 Rebellion (1999) National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England Triple H (c) vs. The Rock in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship
6 May 2000 Insurrextion (2000) Earls Court London, England The Rock (c) vs. Shane McMahon vs. Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship
2 December 2000 Rebellion (2000) Sheffield Arena Sheffield, England Kurt Angle (c) vs. Rikishi vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock in a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWF Championship
5 May 2001 Insurrextion (2001) Earls Court Exhibition Centre London, England The Two Man Power Trip (Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) and Triple H) vs. The Undertaker in a Handicap match for the WWF Championship
3 November 2001 Rebellion (2001) Manchester Arena Manchester, England Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. The Rock for the WWF Championship
4 May 2002 Insurrextion (2002) Raw Wembley Arena London, England Triple H vs. The Undertaker
26 October 2002 Rebellion (2002) SmackDown! Manchester Arena Manchester, England Brock Lesnar (c) and Paul Heyman vs. Edge in a Handicap match for the WWE Championship
7 June 2003 Insurrextion (2003) Raw Telewest Arena Newcastle, England Triple H (c) vs. Kevin Nash in a Street Fight match for the World Heavyweight Championship
3 September 2022 Clash at the Castle (2022) Unknown Principality Stadium Cardiff, Wales TBD

Mayhem in Manchester

Mayhem in Manchester
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateApril 4, 1998
CityManchester, England
VenueNYNEX Arena
Attendance20,000

Mayhem in Manchester was a professional wrestling event exclusively for United Kingdom (UK), produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) that took place on 4 April 1998 at the Nynex Arena in Manchester, England. The event was released later in an edited form on VHS in North America and in the UK. With the exception of the "Old School" editions of WWE Raw on November 15, 2010, March 4, 2013, and January 6, 2014, along with the Raw 25 Years on January 25, 2018, and the Throwback SmackDown edition on May 7, 2021, this was the last ever WWF event to feature the WWF New Generation logo with the posts, ring skirt, floor mats and steps as light blue with the ropes colored red, white and blue.

Production

Background

The event was originally scheduled the be a UK exclusive pay-per-view, as a follow up to the success of One Night Only. As the event drew closer, the WWF cancelled plans to broadcast the event, due to a profit sharing disagreement with the venue. In addition Davey Boy Smith and Shawn Michaels, who the WWF has planned to center the event around, were no longer with the company by the time of the event. The event would later be released on video rather than broadcasting live.

Storylines

The card consisted of eight matches, that resulted from scripted storylines and had results predetermined by the WWF.

The main event heading into the event was between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H for the WWF Championship. After Austin defeated Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania to win the WWF Championship, Michaels retired from professional wrestling due to back injury (He returned to wrestling in 2002), and then Austin continued his feud with D-Generation X members. It was announced that Austin would face Triple H for the WWF Championship at Mayhem in Manchester.

Another main event heading into the event was between The Undertaker and Kane. After The Undertaker defeated his brother Kane at WrestleMania XIV, it was announced that the two would face each other again at Mayhem in Manchester.

Event

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Michael Cole
Kevin Kelly
Ring announcer Tony Chimel
Referees Gerald Brisco
Mark Yeaton
Mike Chioda

Preliminary matches

During the opening match of the event Jeff Jarrett defeated Brakkus via submission, when Brakkus tapped out to the figure-4 leglock.

The second match saw The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) defeat The Disciples of Apocalypse (Skull and 8-Ball) in a strap match. Henry picked up the pinfall victory after hitting the Slop Drop on Skull.

Prior to the next match, Marc Mero sent Sable to the back, due to a series of issues leading up to the event. Mero however lost the match following Bradshaw hitting him with the lariat.

The following match saw Ken Shamrock and Owen Hart defeated The Nation of Domination (The Rock and D'Lo Brown), after brown tapped out to Shamrock's ankle lock.

The next match was between Cactus Jack and The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust. During the match, as Jack when to suplex Goldust, Luna Vachon tripped Jack. Following this, Goldust covered Jack and picked up the pinfall victory. Following the match, Sable came out to attack Vachon. Continuing with the issues from earlier in the night, Mero followed Sable out and pulled her off of Vachon. As Goldust and Vachon used this opportunity to escape, Sable turned around and attacked Mero, then left with Mero still on the ground in the ring.

The following match saw WWF Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn), defend their titles against LOD 2000 (Road Warrior Animal and Hawk). As LOD attempted to hit the Doomsday Device on Dogg, Chyna entered the ring and hit Animal with a low blow. The referee awarded the victory to LOD via disqualification, allowing The New Age Outlaws to retain the titles.

Main event matches

In the first main event, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H held the WWF Championship and WWF European Championship respectively, however only Austin's title was on the line during the match. At the end of the match, Chyna attempted to interfere, however Austin hit her with the Stunner, followed by hitting Triple H with a Stunner as well, to pick up the pinfall victory. In some areas this turned out to be the final match.

The main event of the evening saw The Undertaker defeat Kane via pinfall, following a Tombstone.

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Jeff Jarrett defeated Brakkus Singles match 7:38
2 The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) defeated The Disciples of Apocalypse (Skull and 8-Ball) Tag team strap match 13:45
3 Bradshaw defeated Marc Mero (with Sable Singles match 10:17
4 Ken Shamrock and Owen Hart defeated The Nation of Domination (The Rock and D'Lo Brown) by submission Tag team match 7:43
5 The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust defeated Cactus Jack Singles match 13:23
6 LOD 2000 (Road Warrior Animal and Hawk) with Sunny defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) (c) by disqualification Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 12:51
7 Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) defeated Triple H Singles match for the WWF Championship 29:13
8 The Undertaker defeated Kane Singles match 21:32
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Weekly television shows

Insurrextion in 2003 at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle, England marked the last of WWE's UK exclusive pay-per-views.[18][19] However, WWE started to broadcast Raw and SmackDown! from the UK in 2004. Due to the time change, all broadcasts were recorded and aired on tape delay. The first Raw broadcast from the United Kingdom was October 11, 2004, with a SmackDown! recording the following day. Beginning in 2005 WWE would record twice per year in the United Kingdom, once in the spring and once in the fall. In November 2008, WWE recorded two episodes of SmackDown. As of May 2019 all recordings have occurred in England, with the exception of November 2016 which took place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.[20]

From 2006 to 2009, WWE's recording schedule in the United Kingdom included episodes of ECW.[21]

2004–2010

Date Name Brand Venue City
11 October 2004 Raw Raw Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
12 October 2004
Aired 14 October 2004
SmackDown! SmackDown! Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
25 April 2005 Raw Raw NEC Arena Birmingham, England
26 April 2005
Aired 28 April 2005
SmackDown! SmackDown! NEC Arena Birmingham, England
21 November 2005 Raw Raw Hallam FM Arena Sheffield, England
22 November 2005
Aired 25 November 2005
SmackDown! SmackDown! Hallam FM Arena Sheffield, England
24 April 2006 Raw Raw Wembley Arena London, England
25 April 2006
Aired 28 April 2006
SmackDown! SmackDown! Wembley Arena London, England
13 November 2006 Raw Raw Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
14 November 2006 ECW ECW Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
14 November 2006
Aired 17 November 2006
SmackDown! SmackDown! Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
23 April 2007 Raw Raw Earls Court London, England
24 April 2007 ECW ECW Earls Court London, England
24 April 2007
Aired 27 April 2007
SmackDown! SmackDown! Earls Court London, England
15 October 2007 Raw Raw National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England
16 October 2007 ECW ECW National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England
16 October 2007
Aired 19 October 2007
SmackDown! SmackDown! National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England
14 April 2008 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
15 April 2008 ECW ECW The O2 Arena London, England
15 April 2008
Aired 18 April 2008
SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
10 November 2008 Raw Raw Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
11 November 2008 ECW ECW Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
11 November 2008
Aired 14 November 2008
SmackDown SmackDown Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
11 November 2008
Aired 21 November 2008
SmackDown SmackDown Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
20 April 2009 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
21 April 2009 ECW ECW The O2 Arena London, England
21 April 2009
Aired 24 April 2009
SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
9 November 2009 Raw Raw Sheffield Arena Sheffield, England
10 November 2009 ECW ECW Sheffield Arena Sheffield, England
10 November 2009
Aired 13 November 2009
SmackDown SmackDown Sheffield Arena Sheffield, England
12 April 2010 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
13 April 2010
Aired 16 April 2010
SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
8 November 2010 Raw Raw Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England
9 November 2010
Aired 12 November 2010
SmackDown SmackDown Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England

2011–present

Date Name Brand Venue City
18 April 2011 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
19 April 2011
Aired 22 April 2011
SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
7 November 2011 Raw Echo Arena Liverpool, England
8 November 2011
Aired 11 November 2011
SmackDown Echo Arena Liverpool, England
16 April 2012 Raw The O2 Arena London, England
17 April 2012
Aired 20 April 2012
SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
5 November 2012 Raw Birmingham LG Arena Birmingham, England
6 November 2012
Aired 9 November 2012
SmackDown Birmingham LG Arena Birmingham, England
22 April 2013 Raw The O2 Arena London, England
23 April 2013
Aired 26 April 2013
SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
11 November 2013 Raw Phones 4 U Arena Manchester, England
12 November 2013
Aired 15 November 2013
SmackDown Phones 4 U Arena Manchester, England
19 May 2014 Raw The O2 Arena London, England
20 May 2014
Aired 23 May 2014
SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
10 November 2014 Raw Echo Arena Liverpool, England
11 November 2014
Aired 14 November 2014
SmackDown Echo Arena Liverpool, England
13 April 2015 Raw The O2 Arena London, England
14 April 2015
Aired 16 April 2015
SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
9 November 2015 Raw Manchester Arena Manchester, England
10 November 2015
Aired 12 November 2015
SmackDown Manchester Arena Manchester, England
18 April 2016 Raw The O2 Arena London, England
19 April 2016
Aired 21 April 2016
SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
7 November 2016 Raw Raw SSE Hydro Glasgow, Scotland
8 November 2016 SmackDown SmackDown SSE Hydro Glasgow, Scotland
8 May 2017 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
9 May 2017 SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
6 November 2017 Raw Raw Manchester Arena Manchester, England
7 November 2017 SmackDown SmackDown Manchester Arena Manchester, England
14 May 2018 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
15 May 2018 SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
5 November 2018 Raw Raw Manchester Arena Manchester, England
6 November 2018 SmackDown SmackDown Manchester Arena Manchester, England
13 May 2019 Raw Raw The O2 Arena London, England
14 May 2019 SmackDown SmackDown The O2 Arena London, England
8 November 2019
Aired 11 November 2019
Raw Raw Manchester Arena Manchester, England
8 November 2019 SmackDown SmackDown Manchester Arena Manchester, England

NXT/NXT UK

On December 16, 2015, the WWE held their first NXT event in the UK, NXT TakeOver: London.[22] In January 2017, they returned for the first United Kingdom Championship Tournament,[23][24] with the second tournament in June 2018.[25][26] In May 2017 they also hosted a United Kingdom Championship Special from the UK.[27]

In a press conference at The O2 Arena on December 15, 2016, Triple H revealed that there would be a 16-man tournament to crown the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion. The tournament was held over a two-day period, January 14 and 15, 2017, and aired exclusively on the WWE Network. Tyler Bate won the inaugural tournament to become the first WWE United Kingdom Champion.[28] In August 2018 Rhea Ripley became the first NXT UK Women's Champion.[29] In January 2019, James Drake and Zack Gibson became the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions.[30]

When the championship was unveiled in December 2016, it was announced to be the top championship of a new WWE Network show, produced in the United Kingdom.[31][32] However, it was not until mid-2018 when WWE formally established NXT UK as the brand for their United Kingdom division.[33][34] The brand's show, also titled NXT UK, had its first tapings in August, which began airing on October 17.[35] On January 12, 2019, the first live special episode of NXT UK aired, called NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool.[30][36]

Date Name Brand Venue City Main event
16 December 2015 NXT TakeOver: London NXT SSE Arena, Wembley Wembley, London, England Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship
14 January 2017 United Kingdom Championship Tournament NXT UK Empress Ballroom Blackpool, Lancashire, England Tyler Bate vs. Tucker
15 January 2017 Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
7 May 2017

Aired 19 May

United Kingdom Championship Special NXT UK Epic Studios Norwich, Norfolk, England Tyler Bate vs. Mark Andrews for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
18 June 2018

Air date 25 June

United Kingdom Championship Tournament NXT Royal Albert Hall Kensington, London, England Zack Gibson vs. Travis Banks
19 June 2018

Air date 26 June

NXT U.K. Championship NXT UK Royal Albert Hall Kensington, London, England Pete Dunne vs. Zack Gibson for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
12 January 2019 NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool NXT UK Empress Ballroom Blackpool, Lancashire, England Pete Dunne vs. Joe Coffey for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
31 August 2019 NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff NXT UK Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Cardiff, Wales Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
12 January 2020 NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II NXT UK Empress Ballroom Blackpool, Lancashire, England Walter vs. Joe Coffey for the WWE United Kingdom Championship

Broadcast

WWE has been broadcast in the United Kingdom on the Sky series of television channels since the 1980s, with a small selection of shows (including Sunday Night Heat and four PPVs a year) briefly being broadcast on Channel 4 in 2000 and 2001.[37][38] In 2014, WWE signed a 5-year renewal deal with Sky, to carry programs through the end of 2019,[39] which included adding WWE Main Event to the line up of shows carried.[40] In June 2019 BT Sport announced that from January 2020 they would be the home of WWE in the UK.[41]

The WWE Network launched in December 2014 in the United Kingdom.[42][43]

BT Sport

Name Day Channel
Raw Tuesdays BT Sport 1 HD
NXT UK Friday BT Sport 1 HD
NXT Thursdays BT Sport 1 HD
Smackdown Saturdays BT Sport 1 HD
Pay-per-views Mondays BT Sport Box Office HD

Channel 5

WWE is also shown on tape delay on Channel 5 since February 2020.[44] The weekly Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown are shown every Sunday at 10:00am and 11:00am.[45][37] The shows are 1 hour highlights with advertisements. On Channel 5's Paramount Network channel, full episodes of NXT UK are shown every Friday at 12am.[46] On My5, every episode of Total Divas and Miz and Mrs are available to watch with no extra cost.[47][48]

Name Day Channel
Raw Highlights Sundays 5Action
NXT UK Fridays 5Action
Smackdown Highlights Sundays 5Action
Miz and Mrs Online Exclusive My5
Total Divas Online Exclusive My5

WWE Performance Center

The second WWE Performance Center branch opened on 11 January 2019 in Enfield, London.[49][50]

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