WWE is coming back to Australia. The Herald Sun based out of Melbourne broke the news early this morning (in the US), releasing a brief video of Vince McMahon himself announcing the event: WWE Super Show-Down on Saturday, October 6th, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. McMahon said the event will be broadcast, making it the first time WWE has had a live broadcast emanate from Down Under, as every other shown they have performed there has either been an untelevised house show, or released on DVD afterwards.
This is the first major show WWE has run in Australia since Global Warning in 2002, where the company drew over 56,000, although WWE has done house show tours most every year since then. This event could be one of the largest in WWE history, as the MCG can hold over 100,000 in attendance.
So far John Cena, Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan, The New Day, Sasha Banks, Braun Strowman, Big Show, and Kurt Angle have been announced for making appearances, as well as a Triple H vs. The Undertaker match, which McMahon said would be for the “final time.” Rousey’s appearance is no coincidence, as in 2015 she headlined a UFC PPV in Melbourne, drawing over 56,000.
This show is happening just two weeks before TLC ’18 in Boston, so it is not taking the place of the October PPV. The timing of this is interesting, and New Japan Pro Wrestling ran its first tour of Australia in February, and is reportedly looking to return in November or December of this year. Local promotion Melbourne City Wrestling has already announced a show the night before in their usual venue called MCW Horizons, piggybacking off of the wrestling hype that will no doubt be prevalent that weekend.
With WWE, NJPW, and PROGRESS all making trips to Australia this year, as well as the growth of local Aussie promotions like MCW, it’s a great time to be a wrestling fan in Australia.
More to come soon.