India has a passionate WWE fan base, but they haven’t received much love from Vince McMahon’s former company. The country is getting a show on January 18th, and it will likely be a very hard ticket to snag. There is a reason why WWE decided to make this trip, but it doesn’t seem that they were too concerned about the size of the venue, like they have in the past with shows in Australia and Saudi Arabia.
WWE will take their SmackDown roster to India for the first time in over 5 years. That absence was thanks to the pandemic, but the company’s choice of venue for their return to India rose a lot of questions.
The company will hold their show in Hyderabad, India at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, a 5,000 seat venue that opened back in 2002. That indoor stadium is a nice facility, but the company could fill a much larger venue to entertain more fans.
Ringside News asked around about why WWE is going back to India for one 5,000 seat show. We were told by a tenured member of the internal WWE team that the company’s choice to make this India trip had “a lot to do with television.”
WWE will have no problem selling out the 5,000 seat arena in Hyderabad, India. The truth is that the company might be able to sell out the largest venue the country has to offer. It seems that this venture to India is not about selling a huge house, because they have other reasons for making the journey.
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