How does that apply to WWE, you are probably asking.
Well, they run plenty of International tours, for one. Any time we debate where the next big¬† PPV should be held, there are always fans saying London,or Madrid, or some other overseas destination. And I think that as cool as it will be, due to the world we live in today, the odds of seeing a major WWE PPV coming at us from London, or anywhere else, are exceedingly remote. Not impossible, but the odds are undoubtedly long.
But…what if WWE expanded to Europe?
Yes, I will grant you, this is akin to a brand split again. But instead of splitting RAW and Smackdown, you would have a domestic roster and an International roster. You could re-introduce the draft show, seeing how the rosters got filled out for the next year. You could have special International PPV. And, a couple times a year, at the major PPV, you would have special “North America versus the World” matches. Like at SummerSlam, Survivor Series and WrestleMania.
You could even introduce something we haven’t seen since one of the earliest WrestleManias-broadcasting the show from more than one site on the same day. Imagine, if you will, WrestleMania 33 is taking place from Minneapolis, in their brand new stadium. But instead of arriving at say, 4pm for a 6pm bell time, fans began sitting down at noon or 1pm, because WrestleMania Europe kicked off at that time. And there would be an expanded undercard, of Euro-centric matches, with a European main event serving as the bridge between EU and NA cards. By the time the EuroMania card ended, we’d be ready to go live from Minneapolis.
And suddenly, a huge event got bigger. It would truly become a Super Bowl level event. All day programming, not just an evening. An event that already attracts tons of foreign fans, would bring in so many more because it would become that much more accessible. They would be able to watch a full Mania caliber card live in their own time zones.
And that’s just the big picture, of course. There would also be the benefit of a European version of RAW, airing locally at a more appealing time than in the wee hours of the morning. More European house shows, though the North American roster tours can still be a big deal. Vince can’t hate this, because it means more opportunities to make money.
WWE is clearly an International entity. Is it time they expanded to truly embrace it?