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Bring WWE WrestleMania XXXII to Wembley!

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We believe WWE's flagship show and entertainment extravaganza WrestleMania 32 should come to Wembley Stadium in London in April 2016.

Wembley should host a WrestleMania for 5 reasons:

1. The passionate fans - When the WWE tour of Europe arrives in the UK, fans are always extremely loud and boisterous. There are often episodes of Monday Night RAW in North America where you barely hear the crowd, but that’s never the case in the UK. Fans in the UK chant throughout the shows and they chant anything and everything – for example, the UK fans who got tickets to RAW in addition to WrestleMania 29 helped start chants for the likes of CM Punk, JBL, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Big Show and Mike Chioda.

There were even more random chants such as: “RVD,” “Justin Roberts,” “Sexual Chocolate,””Randy Savage”and “HBK.” British and, more specifically, European fans were a massive percentage of the fans who chanted for whoever and whatever they wanted. You could clearly see many British flags in the crowd to back up this point. Every year when the WWEarrives in the UK for its tour of Europe, venues are usually sold out every time.

There is always a raucous crowd when WWE brings their Raw and SmackDown television tapings to the UK. English fans typically bring their passion and energy to every show, but imagine the sound levels touched up a notch if the WWE held WrestleMania 32 at Wembley Stadium. The North American audience aren’t as vocal and energetic as the English fans are when they attend Raw or SmackDown on a weekly basis, but maybe that’s because they get to attend WWE events way more than a couple of times a year and, as a result,appreciate it a little less.

2. Broader International Appeal - By hosting a WrestleMania as far overseas as London, WWE would be gaining a whole lot of interest from people based outside of North America. They would be creating history and the impact it could have in the long term could be enormous. It could get new people interested in the product and could get old fans back who became disinterested by the lack of attention places outside North America get.

And by holding a WrestleMania in Europe, it shows that WWE is serious about expanding their global brand and is willing to take risks to improve in the long term.

Simply by catering to the domestic audience the most, WWE isn’t getting enough people to watch their product and their PPV buy rates show that. If they looked towards their audience overseas a bit more and did more than the usual tour of Europe then they would reap the benefits of experimenting. By pretty much telling their overseas audience that they will get nothing more than house show tours, fans overseas can feel less motivation to pay their hard-earned money to attend their tour shows and buy merchandise from the company.

3. The City of London - According to the Global Destinations Cities Index released by MasterCard earlier this year, London is second in the list of most international visitor arrivals in 2013. The closest city in North America to make the list was New York, finishing in fifth place. Tourists love visiting London for the fantastic attractions, West End theatre, shopping facilities and great sporting venues. There is always something to do in London and many of its attractions can be breathtaking.

London has hosted the summer Olympics three times – more than any other city in the world – and has hosted the 1966 FIFA World Cup final, seven football European Cup finals, the annual Wimbledon Championships and many other important sporting events. London has a rich history of hosting major sporting events and it usually delivers in every category: events usually get sold out very quickly, the revenue made from the event is substantial and the revenue usually benefits the city as a whole.

4. The Stadium - Wembley Stadium is one of the most recognised stadiums in the world. It has a capacity of 90,000 and has hosted football, rugby, American football and music concerts. The stadium has the grand feel of the other venues that have hosted The Showcase of the Immortals, which is epitomized by the arch curving over its roof. Considering the weather was also a concern among many fans before WrestleMania 29 took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the WWE have showed that they are willing to have the event be hosted in a location where risky weather conditions are a possibility.

The stadium contains a partially retractable roof to ease concerns regarding bad weather conditions during the evening of the PPV. The added bonus for the WWE by having the event being hosted in this stadium is that the company could break the all-tine attendance record of a WrestleMania by adding extra seats around the ring area.

All in all, with its modern design and excellent track record of hosting big events, WWE would be foolish to not consider bringing a WrestleMania to this magnificent stadium.

5. The British Talent - Back in 1992 when SummerSlam came to the old Wembley Stadium, “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith defeated brother-in-law Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event. He was one of the best athletes in the company at the time and had possibly the best match of his career against Bret. Currently, there are other great British talents such as Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre and William Regal - the latter of which performs very rarely these days – that can make the step up to the main event and win the big prize.

In particular, Wade Barrett has been the closest to winning a World Championship on numerous occasions – most notably when he competed for the WWE Championship during the latter part of 2010 – and has proven that he can hang with the big boys after matches against the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton at pay-per-views. He has been part of main events at both SummerSlam and Survivor Series, so he has the experience of dealing with high amounts of pressure, but he just needs to go the extra mile and actually win “the big one.”

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