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WWE Announces Return To India

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WWE CEO Nick Khan confirmed during the MoffettNathanson conference talk today that WWE will be doing a Live Event in India in September.

They will be returning to the country after almost 6 years, with the last Live Event over there taking place in December 2017, which was main evented by Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal.

WWE originally planned on doing this Live Event in January of this year, but it got postponed.

According to the Wrestling Observer, the event got postponed because of WWE’s TV partner in India:

“The decision was made by Sony Sports Network, which is merging with Zee in India, to hold off the show until the merger is finalized. The merger is expected to go through in April, so the show would take place after April.”

Drew McIntyre visited India for some WWE work in late 2022. During this visit, he filmed a WWE TV commercial with Bollywood Actor John Abraham. Below is a photo of them together:

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To promote WrestleMania 39 and film commercials, Rhea Ripley and Bobby Lashley went to India earlier this year as well.

India has WWE’s largest fanbase in terms of audience size. A WWE Official said the following about the Indian wrestling market back in 2017:

“India is one of our top international markets. In terms of audience size, it is our largest. Something like 89 million Indians watched WrestleMania 33, 50 million Indians watch RAW and SmackDown every week (on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD). Sunday Dhamaal has 25 million tuning in. And those are numbers greater than any other international markets we have.”

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