The WWE made a memorable return to the United Kingdom last year with Clash at the Castle in Cardiff, Wales, headlined by Roman Reigns defending his Unified WWE Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre. Now, the Federation have announced that the UK will be the host of another premium live event in 2023, namely one of the calendar's standout shows!
The scoop was first shared by British newspaper The Daily Mail, that on July 1st, the Federation will be bringing their always-heavily-anticipated Money in the Bank event across the pond this year. Despite finding great success with a stadium show with Clash At the Castle, the WWE have opted to take the ladder-filled event to The O2 Arena in London. Where the Cardiff show saw an attendance of over 60,000 in the Principality Stadium, O2 holds around 20,000, having been used in the past for WWE tapings and house shows.
In WWE's own press release, they note how they 'are excited to bring one of our ‘Big 5’ events to the UK', officially signposting Money in the Bank on the same level as the Royal Rumble, Summerslam, Survivor Series & Wrestlemania.
What Can Fans Expect?
As is the trend with the Federation's big international shows, it's a fairly safe bet that talent with a heritage in the host country are likely to be put in the spotlight. Clash at the Castle saw Drew McIntyre in the main event, with The Brawling Brutes also in marquee positions with Gunther versus Sheamus for the WWE Intercontinental Championship to further represent the British Isles. So, it is likely that other British and Irish stars may find themselves pushed in the lead to Money in the Bank.
Furthermore, after recent reports that Tyson Fury's being kept from North American appearances due to a travel ban, but could still appear in international WWE events, it has since come out that the promotion has been rethinking using the former boxing champion. Still several months away, and with the hectic WrestleMania season in between, it might not be a while until fans know what to expect from the Federation's first major event in London since Insurrextion 2002.